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Colette Guillaumin, Racism, sexism, power and ideology

Colette Guillaumin, Racism, sexism, power and ideology

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Racism, sexism, power and ideology argues that there is nothing ‘obvious’ or ‘natural’ about our ideas of sex and race; and their historical evolution is one of the key concerns of this collection of essays.
Racism, sexism, power and ideology argues that there is nothing ‘obvious’ or ‘natural’ about our ideas of sex and race; and their historical evolution is one of the key concerns of this collection of essays.

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Racism, sexism, power and ideology
 Racism, sexism, power and ideology
argues that there is nothing‘obvious’ or ‘natural’ about our ideas of sex and race; and their historicalevolution is one of the key concerns of this collection of essays.Colette Guillaumin contends that the slow crystallization of ideas onhuman ‘races’ over the last few centuries can be traced and understoodthrough the study of signs and their systems.But clearly, race and sex are more than just symbolic phenomena.They are the hard facts of society: to be a man or woman, black or whiteare matters of social reality. To be a member of a particular race or sexbrings with it different opportunities, rights and constraints. The study of semiotic systems must therefore be complemented by an examination of such material constraints, of how they operate and shape our lifeexperience.Guillaumin tackles the links between the daily materiality of socialrelationships and mental conventions. Materiality and ideology (in thesense of ‘perception of 
things
’) are two sides of the same coin: thosewho are objects in social relations are so in both thought and reality.Written with verve and insight, this book is a significant contributionto our understanding of the complex links between sexism, racism andpower.
Colette Guillaumin
is Head of Research at the National Centre forScientific Research, Paris. 
 
Critical Studies in Racism and MigrationEdited by Robert Miles
University of Glasgow 

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