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Signs of Race in Poststructuralism

Toward a Transformative Theory of Race


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Signs of Race in Poststructuralism by Robert Young
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This book presents a class-based analysis of poststructuralism and race. The author positions this fundamental question at the heart of his project: why does race still work if it is commonly misunderstood to be a social construct? The answer is that race works because it operates like a commodity, and like any commodity, as long as it generates value (understood in the widest possible sense: economic, political, and cultural-ideological value), it will remain in circulation. This study should contribute to our understanding of race by linking questions of use value to exchange value.

Author Biography

Robert Young is associate professor of English at University of Alabama. He specializes in African-American literary and cultural theory.
Release date Australia
March 16th, 2009
Country of Publication
United States
University Press of America
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