Living Alterities

Phenomenology, Embodiment, and Race

Edited by Emily S. Lee

Subjects: Phenomenology, Ethnicity, Philosophy
Series: SUNY series, Philosophy and Race
Paperback : 9781438450162, 300 pages, January 2015
Hardcover : 9781438450155, 300 pages, April 2014

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Table of contents

Emily S. Lee
1. Materializing Race
Charles W. Mills
2. White Gazes: What It Feels Like to Be an Essence
George Yancy

3. Race/Gender and the Philosopher’s Body
Donna-Dale L. Marcano

4. Among Family Woman: Sati, Postcolonial Feminism, and the Body
Namita Goswami
5. Shame and Self-Revision in Asian American Assimilation
David Haekwon Kim
6. A Phenomenology of Hesitation: Interrupting Racializing Habits of Seeing
Alia Al-Saji
7. Hometactics: Self-Mapping, Belonging, and the Home Question
Mariana Ortega
8. Walling Racialized Bodies Out: Border Versus Boundary at La Frontera
Edward S. Casey
9. Pride and Prejudice: Ambiguous Racial, Religious, and Ethnic Identities of Jewish Bodies
Gail Weiss

10. Body Movement and Responsibility for a Situation
Emily S. Lee
11. The Future of Whiteness
Linda Martín Alcoff

Philosophers consider race and racism from the perspective of lived, bodily experience.


Broadening the philosophical conversation about race and racism, Living Alterities considers how people's racial embodiment affects their day-to-day lived experiences, the lived experiences of individuals marked by race interacting with and responding to others marked by race, and the tensions that arise between different spheres of a single person's identity. Drawing on phenomenology and the work of thinkers such as Frantz Fanon, Maurice Merleau-Ponty, and Iris Marion Young, the essays address the embodiment experiences of African Americans, Muslims, Asian Americans, Latinas, Jews, and white Americans. The volume's focus on specific situations, temporalities, and encounters provides important context for understanding how race operates in people's lives in ordinary settings like classrooms, dorm rooms, borderlands, elevators, and families.

Emily S. Lee is Associate Professor of Philosophy at California State University, Fullerton.


"This is a valuable book for both graduate and undergraduate students in philosophy and race studies … Highly recommended. " — CHOICE