New Publications by SAI Faculty
Posted: July 23, 2010
Un/common Cultures: Racism and the Rearticulation of Cultural Difference
I am pleased to announce the publication of my new book Un/common Cultures: Racism and the Rearticulation of Cultural Difference (Duke University Press). The book develops an incisive critique of the idea of culture at the heart of anthropology, describing how it lends itself to culturalist assumptions. Un/common Cultures holds that the new culturalism—the idea that cultural differences are definitive, and thus divisive—produces a view of “uncommon cultures” defined by relations of conflict rather than forms of collaboration. The essays in Un/common Cultures straddle the line between an analysis of how racism works to form the idea of “uncommon cultures” and a reaffirmation of the possibilities of “common cultures,” those that enact new forms of solidarity in seeking common cause.