absurdity of race

Roderick Hay rhay at mcmail.CIS.McMaster.CA
Wed Jul 19 12:58:39 MDT 1995

Yes, I agree, Barbara Fields' articles are the best I have ever read
by an historian on race. It cleared up my thinking. I occasionally try to
sneak one into the reading list of my U.S. Economic History Course.
Although they contain no economics. I think all students of U.S. history
should read and discuss them. Could you please post the reference to
Moishe Postone work?


On Tue, 18 Jul 1995, jones/bhandari wrote:

> > Any attempt at
> >"racial" classification will very quickly lead to absurdity. There is no
> >such thing as race, so how can you use it classify people?
> Aside from Henryk Grossmann's untranslated chapter on plantation slavery
> and Moishe Postone's analysis of modern anti-semitism, one of the most
> thought-provoking works I have yet read in my Ethnic Studies Ph.D. studies
> (though not on any dept reading lists)  is Barabara Jeanne Fields,
> "Slavery, Race and Ideology in the United States of America", New Left
> Review 181 (May/June 1990).

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