How does the concept of racism rear its ugly head and fester in society? How do notions of ``us'' and ``them'', ``inclusion'' and ``exclusion'', ``center'' and ``margin'' originate and operate? Bridging cultural studies and political analysis, `Race', Culture and Difference presents timely debates on race and its meanings in contemporary society and in educational and social policy. Linking feminist, post-structuralist and postmodernist concerns in recent social and cultural theory, it examines the contribution of ideas such as ``ethnicity,'' ``community,'' ``identity,'' and ``difference.'' The authors present a sustained yet sympathetic criticism of the organized forms of antiracism that have come to dominate educational policy. Their fresh, new approaches also begin to define an alternative agenda sensitive both to the problems and the possibilities of difference. A successful balance between important recent articles and substantial contributions specifically written for this volume, Race, Culture and Difference will prove essential reading for professionals and students of sociology, cultural studies and education, and for those concerned with discrimination and with antiracist policy.
PART ONE: ANTIRACISM: POSSIBILITIES AND LIMITS
Changing the Subject? Racism, Culture and Education
The End of Antiracism
`It's racism what dunnit'
Caroline Knowles and Sharmila Mercer
Feminism and Antiracism
Difference, Diversity and Differentiation
PART TWO: `US' AND `THEM'
The Beginnings of English Literary Study in British India
Sander L Gilman
Black Bodies, White Bodies
Claire Pajaczkowska and Lola Young
Racism, Representation, Psychoanalysis
The Fact of Blackness
PART THREE: COMMUNITY AND DIASPORA
Robert A Young
Colonialism and Humanism
British Asian Muslims and the Rushdie Affair
Fundamentalism, Multi-Culturalism and Women in Britain