By Albert Memmi
Racism: it's social, no longer “natural”; it really is normal, now not “personal”; and it really is tragically powerful. In a extraordinary meditation on a topic on the stricken middle of yankee lifestyles, Albert Memmi investigates racism as social pathology-a cultural ailment that prevails since it permits one section of society to empower itself on the fee of one other. via turns old, sociological, and autobiographical, Racism strikes past person prejudice and flavor to interact the wider questions of collective habit and social responsibility.
The e-book contains 3 sections-“Description,” “Definition,” and “Treatment”-in which Memmi delineates racism’s factors and hidden workings, examines its shut affinity to colonialism, and considers its daily manifestations over a interval of centuries during the West.
For Memmi, the constitution of racism has 4 “moments”: the insistence on distinction; the detrimental valuation imposed on those that vary; the generalizing of this unfavourable valuation to a complete staff; and using generalization to legitimize hostility. Memmi exhibits the way it isn't racism’s content-which can switch at will-but its shape that provides it such energy and tenacity.
Born in a bad portion of Tunis, Tunisia, a Jew between Muslims, an Arab between Europeans, Memmi brings his personal event of the advanced contours of prejudice to his research of an issue that divides societies internationally. Writing within the culture of Frantz Fanon, Memmi redirects debates approximately racism-and bargains a unprecedented likelihood for growth opposed to social prejudice.
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