The Arc of a Bad Idea: Understanding and Transcending Race

Hardcover | February 3, 2016

byCarlos Hoyt

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For the vast majority of human existence we did without the idea of race. Since its inception a mere few hundred years ago, and despite the voluminous documentation of the problems associated with living within the racial worldview, we have come to act as if race is something we cannot livewithout. The arc of a bad idea: Understanding and transcending race presents a penetrating, provocative, and promising analysis of and alternative to the hegemonic racial worldview. How race came about, how it evolved into a natural-seeming aspect of human identity, and how racialization, as a habitof the mind, can be broken is presented through the unique and corrective framing of race as a time-bound (versus eternal) concept, the lifespan of which is traceable and the demise of which is predictable. The narratives of individuals who do not subscribe to racial identity despite be ascribed to the black/African American racial category are presented as clear and compelling illustrations of how a non-racial identity and worldview is possible and arguably preferable to the status quo. Our view ofand approach to race (in theory, pedagogy, and policy) is so firmly ensconced in a sense of it as inescapable and indispensible that we are in effect shackled to the lethal absurdity we seek to escape. Theorist, teachers, policy-makers and anyone who seeks a transformative perspective on race andracial identity will be challenged, enriched, and empowered by this refreshing treatment of one of our most confounding and consequential dilemmas.

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For the vast majority of human existence we did without the idea of race. Since its inception a mere few hundred years ago, and despite the voluminous documentation of the problems associated with living within the racial worldview, we have come to act as if race is something we cannot livewithout. The arc of a bad idea: Understanding ...

Carlos Hoyt explores race, racial identity and related issues as a scholar, teacher, psychotherapist, parent, and racialized member of our society, interrogating master narratives and the dominant discourse on race with the goal of illuminating and virtuously disrupting the racial worldview. An adversely racialized nominally black male...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:192 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:February 3, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199386269

ISBN - 13:9780199386260

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EpigraphAcknowledgmentsList of IllustrationsPreface: Lethal Absurdity De JourPART I: UNDERSTANDING RACE1. Simile, Metaphors and Analogs for Race2. Same World, Different Worldviews: Not ALL the Black Kids Sat Together in the Cafeteria3. The Arc of a Bad Idea: Race and Racialization in Five EpochsPART II: TRANSCENDING RACE4. Who Are The Race Transcenders? Narratives of Non-racial Identity Development5. Race Transcendence, Race Consciousness and Post-racePART III: IMPLICATIONS OF THE NONRACIAL WORLDVIEW6. Race Without Reification: Pedagogy, Practice and Policy from a Non-racial Perspective7. Beyond the Panopticon: Liberating the Tragic Essentialist and Promoting Racial DisobedienceAppendixes:Appendix A: Pre-interview Background Information FormAppendix B: Semi-structured Open-ended Interview Questions and Interview Domains MatrixReferencesIndex