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The Problem of Race in the Twenty-first Century (The Nathan I. Huggins Lectures)

The Problem of Race in the Twenty-first Century (The Nathan I. Huggins Lectures) - Thomas C. Holt A very readable essay from a historian's perspective on the importance of understanding the historicity of race and racism and therefore the need to develop new tools and vocabularies to understand contemporary society. Although crucial for understanding the past, concepts developed for understanding history are inadequate for comprehending the full scope of race and racism in the present. That is NOT to say that they are unimportant, but merely that there are "new anomalies, new ambiguities, and new ambivalence in contemporary life that our standard definitions of race and racism simply cannot account for, and which even render them somewhat anachronistic..."

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