The Past is Not Dead
Facts, Fictions, and Enduring Racial Stereotypes
By (author) Allan Pred
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Past is Not Dead by Allan Pred
Book DescriptionThrough one figure--Badin, eighteenth-century Afro-Caribbean slave given to the Swedish royal court--Allan Pred shows how stereotypes endure through the repeated confusion of facts and fiction, providing a highly original perspective on the perpetuation of racializing stereotypes in the West. In the first of two interlocking montages inspired by Walter Benjamin, the book focuses on Badin, who died in Stockholm in 1822, and representations of his life that appeared from the 1840s through the 1990s. In the second montage, Pred brings the late nineteenth century and the present into play, shifting to urban sites where racialized stereotyping is on public display, including a museum that has exhibited the bodily remains of the African male. Intriguing for its insight into the workings of race and immigration on the national imagination of a European nation--but with implications and ramifications far beyond that specific example--"The Past Is Not Dead is a bold inquiry into both the collective memory and the amnesia of those who stereotype versus the personal remembering and forgetting of the stereotyped.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780816644056
(229mm x 146mm x 22mm)
Imprint: University of Minnesota Press
Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
Publish Date: 15-Sep-2004
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Allan Pred
Violent Geographies, Paperback (December 2006)
Brings together a talented group of young and well-established geographers to look at how territory and space delimits and shapes both terrorism and political violence in wide range of places.
Lost Words and Lost Worlds, Paperback (November 2005)
Reflects how the dramatic transformations of Stockholm in late 1800s resulted in elements of the language being lost.
Even in Sweden, Paperback (November 2000)
Through the cascading juxtaposition of many voices, this title describes the intensifying cultural racism of the 1990s, the proliferation of negative ethnic stereotypes, and the spatial segregation of the non-Swedish.
Recognising European Modernities, Hardback (March 1995)» View all books by Allan Pred
Using montage - relayering multiple pasts and on-going present - this challenges the obsession with "postmodernity", demanding a deeper, more connective understanding of the pleasures and dangers of the European present.
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