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Philosophers consider race and racism from the perspective of lived, bodily experience.
Broadening the philosophical conversation about race and racism, Living Alterities considers how people’s racial embodiment affects their day-to-day lived experiences, the lived experiences of individuals marked by race interacting with and responding to others marked by race, and the tensions that arise between different spheres of a single person’s identity. Drawing on phenomenology and the work of thinkers such as Frantz Fanon, Maurice Merleau-Ponty, and Iris Marion Young, the essays address the embodiment experiences of African Americans, Muslims, Asian Americans, Latinas, Jews, and white Americans. The volume’s focus on specific situations, temporalities, and encounters provides important context for understanding how race operates in people’s lives in ordinary settings like classrooms, dorm rooms, borderlands, elevators, and families.
Emily S. Lee is Associate Professor of Philosophy at California State University, Fullerton.
Table of Contents
Introduction Emily S. Lee
1. Materializing Race Charles W. Mills
2. White Gazes: What It Feels Like to Be an Essence George Yancy
3. Race/Gender and the Philosopher’s Body Donna-Dale L. Marcano
4. Among Family Woman: Sati, Postcolonial Feminism, and the Body Namita Goswami
5. Shame and Self-Revision in Asian American Assimilation David Haekwon Kim
6. A Phenomenology of Hesitation: Interrupting Racializing Habits of Seeing Alia Al-Saji
7. Hometactics: Self-Mapping, Belonging, and the Home Question Mariana Ortega
8. Walling Racialized Bodies Out: Border Versus Boundary at La Frontera Edward S. Casey
9. Pride and Prejudice: Ambiguous Racial, Religious, and Ethnic Identities of Jewish Bodies Gail Weiss
10. Body Movement and Responsibility for a Situation Emily S. Lee