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Prof. Juliet Hooker Publishes Book on Race and Solidarity

Posted: February 18, 2009

Juliet Hooker, Assistant Professor of Government, recently published Race and the Politics of Solidarity with Oxford University Press (2009), in which she posits that in multiracial and multicultural societies the practice of political solidarity has been indelibly shaped by the social fact of race.

The issue of solidarity long has been a topic of political theorists, but the prevailing approach has been how to unify beyond the question of race. Dr. Hooker’s book takes a different tack by arguing that the starting point should be the existence of racialized solidarity itself and the creation of political solidarity when racial and cultural diversity are more or less permanent. She stresses the importance of coming to terms with racial injustice but at the same time recognizing the lasting power of racial identity.

Dr. Hooker, who has taught at UT Austin since 2002, specializes in feminist theory, Latin American political thought, and critical race theory, with a particular focus on multiculturalism, racial and ethnic politics, and Afro-descendant social movements in Central America. She has written numerous book chapters and journal articles on these topics, and her work has been translated and published in Latin America as well. Her association with LLILAS began as a Rockefeller Postdoctoral Fellow in 2001, and she is currently a member of the LLILAS faculty research clusters on Afro-descendant Studies and Indigenous Studies. Dr. Hooker also is affiliated with UT’s John L. Warfield Center for African and African American Studies. She was born and raised in Nicaragua and earned her Ph.D. from Cornell University.

For more information or to order Dr. Hooker’s book, visit Oxford University Press.

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