Between Camps: Nations, Culture and the Allure of Race by Paul Gilroy

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PhYSical ~d the metaphysical into a powerful and elaborate argument which, as w~ will see, sits awkwardly alongside the compelling features of his cosmopoli~­ ism. H is ideas wue developed in a number of texts from the same penod, most notably in his 1798 Anthropologyfrom " Pr"fmatif Point of~l'W IUld his 1775 essay "On the Different Races ofMIUl. They are too little read these days, perhaps because they are deemed to embarrass or even compromise the worthy democratic aspirations to which the critical Kant also gave such enduring expression.

And four of them spent the night in the hospital ConRict over the behavior of the marchers erupted after the event. This was something more than the routine cycle of mutual denunciation. In particular, the police claimed that antiracist tRl emll Of "MU" AND JlAtIOUItt pi marchen had singled out black officers and made them special targets for hostility and attack. One of these policemen. deployed by his superiors in defense of the rights of an organization that does not recognize him as belonging to the natioruU community or upholding its laws, was Constable Leslie Turner.

Although it is not acknowledged as often as it should be, the close connection between -race- and modernity an be viewed with special clarity if we allow our understanding of modernity to travel, to move with the workings of the great imperial systems it battled to control. Though they were (entered on Europe. these systems, both exploitative and communicative, extended far beyond Europe's geo-body. Anthropology and geography are usually understood as the terminal points of the cognitive aspects of colonial modernity's social and cultural revolution, hut its effects were not confined to the consolidation of these new disciplinary perspectives.

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