Theorising race, racism and culture: David Lloyd's work

Laura Chrisman

in Postcolonial Contraventions

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print March 2003 | ISBN: 9780719058271
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781700136 | DOI:
Theorising race, racism and culture: David Lloyd's work

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This chapter focuses on the important and influential article by postcolonial scholar David Lloyd, ‘Race Under Representation’, condensing a number of current dispositions in Western anti-foundationalist critical theory, political critique and colonial discourse analysis. It addresses only particular aspects of Lloyd's argument: his critique of the public sphere, and his accounts of the racialized subject and of anti-colonial subjectivity, and provides alternative approaches of Lloyd's work that help in the analysis of racial formation by connecting critical commentaries which engage with the political and critical implications. The chapter also examines the social and historical contradictions that link the public sphere to racism and other forms of social inequality. Lloyd explains ‘how the meshing of racial formations can take place between various levels and spheres of social practice, for example, between political and cultural spheres, or between the individual and the national level’.

Keywords: racism; colonial discourse analysis; political critique; David Lloyd; racial formation; social inequality; anti-foundationalist theory

Chapter.  4334 words. 

Subjects: Colonialism and Imperialism

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