Sites of Race: Conversations with Susan Searls Giroux

Sites of Race: Conversations with Susan Searls Giroux

David Theo Goldberg

Language: English

Pages: 234

ISBN: 2:00327526

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Critical social theorist and philosopher David Theo Goldberg is one of the defining figures in critical race theory. His work, unsurpassed in its analytical rigor and political urgency, has helped transform the way we think about race and racism across the humanities and social sciences, in critical, social and political theory and across geopolitical regions.

In this timely collection of incisive and lively conversations with Susan Searls Giroux, Goldberg reflects upon his studies of race and racism, exploring the key elements in his thought and their contribution to current debates. Sites of Race is a comprehensive overview of Goldberg’s central ideas and concepts, including the idea of the Racial State, his emphasis on militarism as a culture, and his treatment of the “theology of race”. Elegantly navigating between the theoretical and the concrete, he brings fresh insight to bear on significant recent events such as the War on Terror, Katrina, the killing of Trayvon Martin and Arizona’s controversial immigration laws, in the process enriching and elaborating upon his vast body of work to date.

Sites of Race offers fresh avenues into Goldberg’s work for those already familiar with it, and provides an ideal entry point for students new to the field of critical race theory.


















Racial State early in the millennium. The notion of “racialization” is used far too readily and easily, 35 Global racialities covering over numerous related concerns. First, more often than not one cannot tell from the context in which “racialization” is used whether it is being invoked de­ scriptively or normatively. Are we just describing racial conditions, arrangements, relationships, and interac­ tions? Which of these is one characterizing, and is it simply a description of those conditions

implication that we all knew who each other was, or at least could predict how each would act. “We” had control over what our streets looked and behaved like, on what counted as civility, what could be expected walking to the corner store. That sense of lost control has taken on this racial expressiveness in relation to immigration, as the outside, the not belonging, the not being. Anger at this loss is channeled into the more extreme rightist parties across Europe, which is what 137 Migrating

if relatedly – has ceased to be a civilian. Not just a citizen, but a member of a society. SSG: Socially dead. DTG: Yeah, the production of social death. Regarding former felons, the very notion of rehabilitation has been eradicated as a possibility, as a programmatic response. 162 Civic lessons But its demise is also linked to the refusal to register the felonious person’s life as worthy of any recognition. It’s a life completely externalized to the society and therefore not worthy of any

it to be much more activist, intervening, interventionist, where colorblindness seems to mark a sensibility. DTG: Colorblindness is supposed to be the outcome where we live by some version of “don’t judge me by the color of my skin but by the content of my character” – that now revealing cliché which gets so flippantly invoked. Colorblindness is the “don’t ask, don’t tell” of racial politics. It is the politics of the sociality of the skin by other means, avoidability rather than engagement. In

naturalist commitment insinuatingly into their traditional “poverty of culture” concerns. In invading Iraq, you can see historicist assertions at work: the US will help to acculturate Iraqis into acquiring democratic values and institutional structures and practices. It is not that they are inherently incapable of them; quite the contrary. They have just not had the opportunity historically to nurture them, which America will now educate them into doing, cultivate in them, in short, civilize

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