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Extraordinary racial politics : four events in the informal Constitution of the United States
Lee, Fred, 1979- author.

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viii, 229 pages ; 24 cm.
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"Donated by Emine Lâle Demirtürk."
An introduction into extraordinary racial politics -- Racial re-foundations and the rise of the nation-state -- Racial removal contracts and the nomos of the new world -- Racial states of exception and the decision on enmity -- Racial counter-publics and the power of judgment -- A reaffirmation of extraordinary racial politics.
"Extraordinary Racial Politics seeks to generate intellectual exchange between ethnic studies and political theory by examining the relationship between quotidian racial experience and periodic mass racial crisis in the United States. It addresses four case studies: The civil rights movement, racial power movements, mass-scale Indian removals, and wartime Japanese internment"-- Provided by publisher.


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Extraordinary racial politics rupture out of and reset everyday racial politics. In his cogent book, Fred Lee examines four unusual, episodic, and transformative moments in U.S. history: the 1830s-1840s southeastern Indian removals, the Japanese internment during World War II, the post-war civil rights movement, and the 1960s-1970s racial empowerment movements. Lee helps us connect these extraordinary events to both prior and subsequent everyday conflicts.Extraordinary Racial Politics brings about an intellectual exchange between ethnic studies, which focuses on quotidian experiences and negotiations, and political theory, which emphasizes historical crises and breaks. In ethnic studies, Lee draws out the extraordinary moments in Michael Omi and Howard Winant's as well as Charles Mills's accounts of racial formation. In political theory, Lee considers the strengths and weaknesses of using Carl Schmitt's and Hannah Arendt's accounts of public constitution to study racial power. Lee concludes that extraordinary racial politics represent both the promises of social emancipation and the perils of state power. This promise and peril characterizes our contentious racial present.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
1 An Introduction into Extraordinary Racial Politicsp. 1
2 Racial Re-foundations and the Rise of the Nation-Statep. 31
3 Racial Removal Contracts and the Nomos of the New Worldp. 71
4 Racial States of Exception and the Decision on Enmityp. 111
5 Racial Counter-Publics and the Power of Judgmentp. 149
6 A Reaffirmation of Extraordinary Racial Politicsp. 187
Bibliographyp. 203
Indexp. 221