Book Pages: 384 Illustrations: 3 illustrations Published: April 2021

African American Studies and Black Diaspora, Critical Ethnic Studies, Sociology > Social Theory

Antiblackness investigates the ways in which the dehumanization of Black people has been foundational to the establishment of modernity. Drawing on Black feminism, Afropessimism, and critical race theory, the book's contributors trace forms of antiblackness across time and space, from nineteenth-century slavery to the categorization of Latinx in the 2020 census, from South Africa and Palestine to the Chickasaw homelands, from the White House to convict lease camps, prisons, and schools. Among other topics, they examine the centrality of antiblackness in the introduction of Carolina rice to colonial India, the presence of Black people and Native Americans in the public discourse of precolonial Korea, and the practices of denial that obscure antiblackness in contemporary France. Throughout, the contributors demonstrate that any analysis of white supremacy, indeed of the world, that does not contend with antiblackness is incomplete.

Contributors. Mohan Ambikaipaker, Jodi A. Byrd, Iyko Day, Anthony Paul Farley, Crystal Marie Fleming, Sarah Haley, Tanya Katerí Hernández, Sarah Ihmoud, Joy James, Moon-Kie Jung, Jae Kyun Kim, Charles W. Mills, Dylan Rodríguez, Zach Sell, João. H. Costa Vargas, Frank B. Wilderson III, Connie Wun


“These essays arrive right on time, and with no apparent expiration date. Moon-Kie Jung and João H. Costa Vargas have assembled a collection that forcefully demonstrates by unravelling, analyzing, and exposing how slavery and global antiblackness structure and produce meaning in the modern world. The essays theorize, analyze, and provide us field notes for understanding how and why antiblackness does not just underwrite the modern world but actively produces it in multiple modalities. After encountering these essays any analysis that does not contend with antiblackness as central to modern life is an analysis blind to what exactly the modern means.” — Rinaldo Walcott, author of The Long Emancipation: Moving toward Black Freedom

“Moon-Kie Jung and João H. Costa Vargas have assembled an impressive cross section of thinkers who write from a host of methodological and philosophical positions and approaches and who work toward a necessary language to situate antiblackness in and beyond Black studies. The need for this project could not be more urgent.” — Shana L. Redmond, author of Everything Man: The Form and Function of Paul Robeson


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Moon-Kie Jung is Professor of Sociology at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and the author of Beneath the Surface of White Supremacy: Denaturalizing US Racisms Past and Present.

João H. Costa Vargas is Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Riverside and the author of The Denial of Antiblackness: Multiracial Redemption and Black Suffering.

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Paper ISBN: 978-1-4780-1181-1 / Cloth ISBN: 978-1-4780-1069-2