Racism and Justice

Critical Dialogue on the Politics of Identity, Inequality and Change

Edited by Singh Bolaria, Sean P. Hier and Daniel Lett  

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The essays in this volume explore the prospect for post-raciality. It is common to find the prefix “post” treated as an epochal synonym for “after” or “beyond,” as somehow distinct from what came before. But the post as post-racial politics is better conceptualized in terms of a set of interrelated institutional and cultural changes that can neither be separated from historical relations nor which are reducible to the past. This volume presents a set of essays that collectively prioritize complexity over simplicity, progress over retrenchment, unity over diversity, and polemics over dogmatism. It seeks to inform discussion and debate about the prospect for a post-racial politics that is neither oblivious to the importance of racial classification nor the persistence of racism and injustice. The volume will leave readers better informed about race, racism and justice and with as many questions as answers.

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  • Preface: The Prospects for Post-Raciality
  • Introduction: Paradoxes of Progress: Racism, Justice, and Social Change in Canada (Sean P. Hier and Daniel Lett)
  • Section I: Essentialism, Identity and Difference
  • Introduction to Section I
  • Critical Race Theory: Towards a Post-Essentialist Form of Social Critique (Rita Dhamoon)
  • Let’s Not All Go ‘Post’-al: Towards a Genealogy of Essentialism (Alicja Muszynski)
  • The Way Forward: Reforming the Language of Race and Ethnicity (Michael Banton)
  • The Politics of Provenance: Genetics, Culture and Identity (Robert Carter)
  • Approaching Intersection: Individual Lives, Multiple Inequalities (Lori Wilkinson)
  • Section II: Racism, Inequality and Change
  • Introduction to Section II
  • On the Merits of Orientalism: A Heretical Essay on the Sociology of Knowledge (Peyman Vahabzadeh)
  • Modernity, Citizenship and Racialization: Jim Crowism and Lynching Campaigns in the Post-Emancipation Southern United States (Meir Amor)
  • The Sydney Cronulla Beach Riots: The Contexts and Contradictions of the Racialization of Young People (Jock Collins and Carol Reid)
  • Political Apologies and Racial Reconciliation (Graham Dodds)
  • Section III: Multiculturalism, Antiracism and Justice
  • Introduction to Section III
  • Recasting Racial Justice: Beyond the Economy/Culture Divide (Adam Molnar)
  • Racism, Justice, and Social Cohesion in Canada (Charles Ungerleider)
  • Competing Anti-racisms and the Interpretation of Racism in the Post-Multicultural Era (Alana Lentin)
  • Towards a Grassroots Multiculturalism? A Genealogical Analysis of Solidarity Practices in Canadian Activism Today (Mohamed Abdou, Richard JF Day, Sean Haber)
  • The Postfascist Condition: The Politics of Anti-Racism and Neofascism (William Little)
  • Bibliography


  • Singh Bolaria

    Univeristy of Victoria

    Singh Bolaria is an adjuct professor of Sociology at the Univeristy of Victoria. He has published in the area of race and race relations and the Sociology of Health. His latest books include Race and Racism in 21st Centry Canada: Continuity Complexity and Change (ed. with Sean P. Heir) Broadview Press, 2007. The Seikhs in Canada: Migration, Race, Class and Gender with G.S. Basran, Universityof Oxford Press, 2003.

  • Sean P. Hier

    University of Victoria

    Sean Heir is an Associate Professr of Sociology at the University of Victoria. He holds a PhD from McMaster University. Seans current research is concentrated in two areas: public camera surveillance and racism. He is currently preparing books on racism and the complexity of social change (to be published by Broadview Press) and the establishment of public camera surveillance in Canada (to be published by UBC Press). He is also currently preparing edited volumes on critical debates in racism studies and surveillance and social problems (both with Fernwood Publishing). Dr. Hier’s graduate students have completed Master’s theses on Public Camera Surveillance (2004), Media Representation (2005), Visual Culture (2005), Alternative Communities (2007), and Public Opinion and Surveillance (2007). He currently supervises theses on CCTV Surveillance (PhD), Pre-Electronic Surveillance (PhD), Resisting Surveillance (MA), Governance and Representation (MA), Realism and Panic (MA), and Realism and Justice (MA).

  • Daniel Lett

    University of Victoria

    Daniel Lett is a PhD candidate at the University of Victoria. His central research interests are surveillance, racism, moral panics and moral regulation.

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