Slavoj Zizek's prolific comments on anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, scapegoating, popular nationalism, the refugee crisis, Eurocentrism, the War on Terror, neocolonialism, global justice, and rioting comprise a dizzying array of thinking. But what can we pull out of his various writings and commentaries on race in the contemporary world? Is there anything approaching a Zizekian philosophy of race?
Zahi Zalloua argues here that there is and that the often polemical style of Zizek's pronouncements shouldn't undermine the importance and urgency of his work in this area. Zalloua not only examines Zizek's philosophy of race but addresses the misconceptions that have arisen and some of the perceived shortcomings in his work to date. Zizek on Race also puts Zizek in dialogue with critical race and anti-colonial studies, dwelling on the sparks struck up by this dialogue and the differences, gaps, and absences it points up. Engaging Zizek's singular contribution to the analysis of race and racism, Zizek on Race both patiently interrogates and critically extends his direct comments on the topic, developing more fully the potential of his thought.
In a response to the book, Zizek boldly reaffirms his theoretical stance, clarifying further his often difficult-to-work-out positions on some of his more controversial pronouncements.
Foreword by Slavoj Zizek Introduction: The Post-Political is the Post-Racial Chapter 1: Liberal Multiculturalism: From Checking Your Privilege to Checking Our Fantasy Chapter 2: Deconstruction: Hospitality, Hostility, and the Real Neighbor Chapter 3: Postcolonialism: From the Culturalization of Politics to the Politicization of Culture Chapter 4: Critical Race Theory: The Subject Supposed to Loot, Rape, and Terrorize Chapter 5: Afro-Pessimism: Traversing the Fantasy of the Human, or Rewriting the Grammar of Suffering Conclusion: All Lives Matter or Black Lives Matter ? Yes, Please! Bibliography Index
Zahi Zalloua is the Cushing Eells Professor of Philosophy and Literature and Professor of French and Interdisciplinary Studies at Whitman College, USA.
Reviews for Zizek on Race: Toward an Anti-Racist Future
Zizek on Race provides new revelations on every page about the ways that psychoanalytic theory, specifically that of Slavoj Zizek, contributes to the critique of racism. For those who believe that Zizek has nothing to say about racism, Zalloua's book will prove an eye-opening experience. It completely changes how we can theorize the fight against racism. -- Todd McGowan, Professor of English, University of Vermont, USA