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Looking White People in the Eye: Gender, Race, and Culture in Courtrooms and Classrooms Paperback – Apr 25 1998

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division (April 25 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802078982
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802078988
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.9 x 22.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 340 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews
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'Looking White People in the Eye is a stunning and crucial book for feminist practice. Questioning received and well-intentioned notions of activism in classrooms, courtrooms and women's groups, Sherene Razack insists that multiculturalist goals have to be theoretically informed by contextualized understandings of race and colonialism. The is an extremely important work, not just for academics and lawyers, but for all those interested in contemporary debates on the future of feminism in North America.'

(Inderpal Grewal, Professor, Women Studies, San Francisco State University, and author of Home and Harem and co-editor of Scattered Hegemonies.)

'Sherene Razack's gaze is deep and searching. Bringing the insights (but not the jargon) of postcolonial theory to her search for .a theory of difference that accounts for the violence in the lives of women and our complicity in it,. Razack asks us to look, and look again, at the practices in courtrooms and classrooms in which we are all enmeshed. She offers no easy answers, only the discipline of refusing to look away. This is a difficult, deep, and ultimately rewarding book.'

(Angela P. Harris, Professor of Law, University of California - Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall) and author of 'Race and Essentialism in Feminist Legal Theory,' Stanford Law Review)

'Exciting and sobering at the same time, Looking White People in the Eye shows that the challenge of cross-cultural communication, whether in the courtroom, classroom, or anywhere else, is much tougher than any of us like to think. This is true, in part, because, Razack shows, we must first admit our own complicity in the oppression of those whom we are trying to understand or help.'

(Richard Delgado, Charles Inglis Thomson Professor of Law at the University of Colorado at Boulder and author of The Rodrigo Chronicles and Critical Race Theory: The Cutting Edge.)

About the Author

Sherene H. Razack is a professor in the Department of Social Justice at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto.


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Format: Paperback
Razack's analysis has riveting implications for the social sciences and humanities. It is an influencial and critical work, ahead of its time, and has the potential to be broadly applied to many fields. Although, Razack mainly deconstructs the fields of law and education, "Looking White People in the Eye," is likely to cause ripples throughout academia.
Questiong the very premise upon which we base our disciplines--such as rationale choice theory, liberalism and North American concepts of the individual--Razack calls into question issues as diverse as disability, immigration and progressive education. A varied and fascinating read, indeed.
Not only is Razack's work on target, but, utilizing "narrative for social change," she is also accessible and practical. The chapters are easily divided into works that can be read alone--although, I recommend a quick skim through the first chapter for background.
A fantastic read--I highly recommend it.
PS--I don't hate men. I am white and straight and work for a large corporation. My fist is not in the air, right now.
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After seeing the two poor reviews given to this book, I had to add my two cents. This is an excellent book that covers a fairly wide range of topics related to discrimination and identities including gender-based persecution refugee hearings, problems with storytelling in multicultural settings and conceptions of disability. Razack writes from an anti-imperialist, antiracist and feminist standpoint, and her tone is challenging. I suspect that those two who gave this book bad reviews are uncomfortable with admitting that white, able-bodied men are privileged.
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This is an excellent book by an author who has changed my thinking (as a White person) about the perceptions of and impact of racism upon racialized people, especially women. It will have an enormous impact on anyone who is open-minded enough to wish to understand the perspectives of people from groups other than their own.

By contrast, the negative reviews are heavily stereotype laden, as well as completely unfair ... especially the person who says Prof. Razack executes people from the groups she criticizes. She does nothing of the kind. Criticism is not execution and the suggestion that it is is outrageous.

Yet these stereotyped, unfair, low-star reviews may influence readers who look only at book lists and chose based on the stars not even to look at the description of this book. Shouldn't there be some mechanism to encourage Amazon to remove flagrantly unfair and discriminatory reviews?
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