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The power of recall: writing against racial identity

Ware, Vron (2005). The power of recall: writing against racial identity. In: Murji, Karim and Solomos, John eds. Racialization: Studies in theory and practice. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, pp. 123–139.

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Abstract

This essay investigates the autobiographical voice as a means of claiming or disavowing racial identities. With reference to the work of Levi, Bauman, Cohen, Rose and Rich, it argues that the 'autobiographical act' enables the 'disassembling' of the racialised self, offering possibilities for challenging homogenous and reified categories such as 'white' and 'black'. It takes examples from sociological and anthropological theorists to highlight the significance of situation, place and gender, and aligns this argument with feminist work on gender and subjectivity.

Item Type: Book Chapter
ISBN: 0-19-925702-7, 978-0-19-925702-7
Keywords: Place; autobiography; racism in United States; whiteness; ethnography
Academic Unit/Department: Social Sciences > Sociology
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Citizenship, Identities and Governance (CCIG)
Item ID: 17188
Depositing User: Users 8877 not found.
Date Deposited: 23 Jun 2009 10:28
Last Modified: 23 Oct 2012 08:08
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/17188
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