The Fallacy of Race: A Post-Racial America

Journal of Alternative Perspectives in the Social Sciences, 7(1), 39-53, 2015

15 Pages Posted: 2 Aug 2015

Date Written: June 19, 2015

Abstract

This exploratory essay analyzes the idea of race in contemporary America. A brief historical overview of the concept is provided and early anthropological ideas of race are compared and contrasted to the current popular idea of race in the United States. Theories taken from cultural studies are applied to the idea of race in America to provide a new understanding on this complex construct. The study concludes that the labels of “white” and “black” in contemporary American have more to do with cultural identity than with phenotypical traits such as skin color and facial features.

Keywords: Race, Identity, Marginalization, American Politics

Suggested Citation

von Feigenblatt, Otto Federico, The Fallacy of Race: A Post-Racial America (June 19, 2015). Journal of Alternative Perspectives in the Social Sciences, 7(1), 39-53, 2015, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2638465

Otto Federico Von Feigenblatt (Contact Author)

Real Academia de Doctores de España ( email )

Madrid
Spain

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