Blackness and modernity : the colour of humanity and the quest for freedom

Blackness and modernity
Cecil Foster presents a rigorous interdisciplinary analysis of blackness by challenging existing notions of blackness and arguing for the viability of a multicultural world. In Blackness and Modernity Foster traces the main philosophical, anthropological, sociological, and mythological arguments that support views of modernity as a failed quest for whiteness. He outlines how these views were implemented as part of a "world history" and shows how Canada became the first country to officially reject this approach by adopting multiculturalism. Blackness and Modernity presents four categories for understanding blackness and whiteness: the somatic, cultural, status differential, and the idealistic. The somatic - the colour of skin - is merely one category, and perhaps the least meaningful for, while it may be the most important for some people, Foster argues that multiculturalism, which he views as ontological blackness, is an attempt to make rational idealism the only category that matters. (from the website)
Publication Year: 
2007

Foster, Cecil

Cecil Foster is an associate professor, sociology and anthropology and the author of several works of fiction and non-fiction, including Where Race Does Not Matter: The New Spirit of Modernity.