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Zizek on Race


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Foreword by Slavoj Zizek Introduction: The Post-Political is the Post-Racial Chapter 1: Liberal Multiculturalism: From "Checking Your Privilege" to "Checking Our Fantasy" Chapter 2: Deconstruction: Hospitality, Hostility, and the "Real" Neighbor Chapter 3: Postcolonialism: From the Culturalization of Politics to the Politicization of Culture Chapter 4: Critical Race Theory: The Subject Supposed to Loot, Rape, and Terrorize Chapter 5: Afro-Pessimism: Traversing the Fantasy of the Human, or Rewriting the Grammar of Suffering Conclusion: "All Lives Matter" or "Black Lives Matter"? Yes, Please! Bibliography Index

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The first book to examine Slavoj Zizek's philosophy of race by clarifying, critiquing and placing it in dialogue with broader debates within race studies. Includes a foreword by Slavoj Zizek responding to the book and clarifying his own position vis ad vis contemporary debates around race.

About the Author

Zahi Zalloua is the Cushing Eells Professor of Philosophy and Literature and Professor of French and Interdisciplinary Studies at Whitman College, USA.


Zizek on Race provides new revelations on every page about the ways that psychoanalytic theory, specifically that of Slavoj Zizek, contributes to the critique of racism. For those who believe that Zizek has nothing to say about racism, Zalloua's book will prove an eye-opening experience. It completely changes how we can theorize the fight against racism. -- Todd McGowan, Professor of English, University of Vermont, USA
Against the fake neutralism of the Western liberal gaze and its obverse side of identity politics, Zahi Zalloua lends a powerfully articulate voice to Zizek's uncompromising call for a new "universality of strangers". Drawing clear-sighted connections between Black Lives Matter, Palestinian resistance, Afro-pessimism and class struggle this timely intervention develops Zizekian themes and ideas in politically bold and creative ways, directly challenging today's Left and Right orthodoxies on race and racism. -- Glyn Daly, Senior Lecturer in Politics, University of Northampton, UK, and author of Speculation: Politics, Ideology, Event
In Zizek on Race Zahi Zalloua achieves several remarkable feats. To point out just two of them: First, he provides an extremely helpful and timely account of Zizek's conceptual and political arguments on racism, bringing out their systematic nature and unique and particularly valuable core. Second, and related to Zalloua's own reading of both contemporary social antagonisms and Zizek's theory, he successfully avoids and transposes the alternative between particular identity and universalism, which has been mortifying the emancipatory struggles for far too long. The book is an absolute must for anyone who wants to think and confront the problem of racism in both its simplicity and complexity. -- Alenka Zupancic, Professor of Philosophy and Psychoanalysis at The European Graduate School, Switzerland

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