The Post-Racial Limits of Memorialization: Toward a Political Sense of Mourning

The Post-Racial Limits of Memorialization: Toward a Political Sense of Mourning

by Alfred Frankowski

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Overview

The Post-Racial Limits of Memorialization: Toward a Political Sense of Mourning attempts to show how post-racial discourse, in general, and post-racial memory, specifically, operates as a context through which the memorialization of anti-black violence and the production of new forms of this violence are connected. Alfred Frankowski argues that aside from being symbolically meaningful, the post-racial context requires that memorialization of anti-black violence in the past produces memory as a type of forgetting. By challenging many of tenants of the critical turn in political philosophy and aesthetics, he argues against a politics of reconciliation and for a political sense of mourning that amplifies the universality of violence embedded in our contemporary sensibility. He argues for a sense of mourning that requires that we deepen our understanding of how remembrance and resistance to oppression remain linked and necessitates a fluid and active reconfiguration relative to the context in which this oppression exists.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781498502788
Publisher: Lexington Books
Publication date: 08/01/2017
Series: Philosophy of Race Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 138
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Alfred Frankowski is assistant professor in the Department of Philosophy and African and African American Studies Program at Northeastern Illinois University.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Post-racial memory and the shadow of despair Chapter 2: Fate and the post-racial limits of memorialization Chapter 3: Sorrow as the longest memory of neglect Chapter 4: The Cassandra complex Chapter 5: The sublime and a political sense of mourning Chapter 6: Mourning and philosophical pessimism within the post-racial context

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