By J. Flax
In a provocative and insightful exposition, Jane Flax posits that americans have by no means safely mourned slavery and its lingering results on American matters and politics. utilizing an interdisciplinary method, the e-book exhibits reciprocal courting exists among subconscious approaches and race/gender domination and that except we attend to those subconscious procedures, no sufficient therapy for the malignant effects of our present race/gender practices and kinfolk might be devised. Wide-ranging, Flax helps her arguments utilizing various resources, together with psychoanalytic concept, feminist idea, political conception, Michel Foucault's writings, Obama's books and speeches, serious race thought, facts on race/gender disparities, and research of contemporary films.
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I use the term “fabrication” because it simultaneously connotes the double sense of made and made up. In regard to race/gender, both meanings are accurate. Race/gender is made by and through human action, and its making may entail deception or selective representations. Like any form of social labor, race/gender fabrication occurs under conditions that are not freely chosen, nor are its conditions the product of a single individual’s will. Such fabrication is not voluntary, and yet, as its conditions are heterogeneous and variable, what is produced in any instance is not totally predetermined.
24 While understandable as fantasies or longings, assertions that the United States is now a “post-racial” society ignore the ways in which past social relationships and grids of social, political, psychological, and economic power shape our current social, political, economic, and unconscious practices. The effects continue in part because the kinds of social goods that have been transferred unequally— education, home ownership, employment, social respect, and honor—are correlated with the well-being of one’s children and their own likelihood of success.
57 Masters also gain a sense of honor through their position. Honor is a relational quality; it can only exist inasmuch as another being signifies that a person has value and is worthy of respect. 58 The master’s sense of power is enhanced through the dishonor of his slave. 61 Manhood is interwoven with multiple kinds of mastery, prowess, control, and freedom. The honor of mastership is intertwined with masculinity. Since historically in most cultures women are already dishonored persons, it would be difficult for the master to establish his superiority in relation to a female slave.