The Racial Order of Things: Cultural Imaginaries of the Post-soul Era

by Roopali Mukherjee

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Despite past legislative efforts seeking redress for historical, racial, and gender injustices, the United States continues to struggle with race, class, and gender inequities. Concomitantly, recent decades have witnessed a rise in neoliberal clamorings for a colorblind meritocracy that would supplant social justice programs, particularly those gained as a result of the 1960’s civil rights initiatives. The range of responses to the legacy of the sixties is the subject of Mukherjee’s timely and impressive study which engages relevant questions surrounding the “reversals” and “reinterpretations that mark the turn from the civil rights era of the sixties to the ‘post-soul epoch’ of the nineties”

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