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“Racism is not intellectual”: Interracial Friendship, Multicultural Literature, and Decolonizing Epistemologies

Paula M. L. Moya

in Decolonizing Epistemologies

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print November 2011 | ISBN: 9780823241354
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780823241392 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fordham/9780823241354.003.0009

Series: Transdisciplinary Theological Colloquia (FUP)

“Racism is not intellectual”: Interracial Friendship, Multicultural Literature, and Decolonizing Epistemologies

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The essay written by Paula Moya offers the reader two possible strategies for decolonial action: interracial friendships and multicultural literature. Moya's argument is grounded in an exposition of the role of emotions in cognition. Emotions have “crucial epistemic value,” for they make it possible to discern “larger social meanings and entrenched social arrangements.” The essay explains how interracial friendships involve a sharing of experiences about race and racism that can lead to moral growth and to the increased knowledge for the interracial friends of how race functions in society. In the last part of the chapter, the author shows how literature written by racial and cultural minorities can “expand a reader's horizon of possibility for experiential encounters,” because of the intellectual and emotional engagement involved in reading a novel. The aim of the chapter is to demonstrate how both interracial friendships and multicultural novels can be effective antiracist projects.

Keywords: Interracial friendship; multiculturalist literature; cognition; affect; moral growth

Chapter.  8931 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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