Exploring the Dynamics of Race and Racialization
Guest Lecturer: Jemima Pierre, Woodson Predoctoral Fellow
Jemima Pierre is a Ph.D. Candidate in the African Diaspora Program in Anthropology at the University of Texas, Austin. Currently, she is in residence here at UVA as a Predoctoral Research Fellow at the Carter G. Woodson Institute working on her dissertation which is entitled: "African Immigrants in the U.S. and the Dynamics and Politics of Racialization."
does it mean to say that the U.S. is a racialized society? How do
we understand the historical reality that the racial category "Black"
was engraved upon people whose "pre-slavery" identities were specifically
Ibo, Yoruba, Fulani, etc.? In short, what does it mean to be Black
in the U. S.? In this section, we will explore more generally, the
construction of contemporary racial identities, and more specifically,
the notion of "Black" identity. To do this, we will discuss the idea
of racialization and investigate the various historical and social
processes by which it occurs. Racialization is perhaps the most significant
process of racial identity creation and maintenance in the U. S. More
importantly, racialization shows us that race (and racial identity)
is not only a social construction, but also a historical one. This
section will first chart the historical forces at play in the construction
of contemporary racial identity and then use the experiences of various
immigrant groups of African descent to highlight the specific processes
that allow people to become racialized.
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