A Problem with Conceptually Relating Race and Class, Regarding the Question of Choice

Graduate Faculty Philosophy Journal 38 (2):349-368 (2017)

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Emily S. Lee
California State University, Fullerton
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The close association of particular races with particular classes invites a means to exhibit disdain for a race via class. Class and race do not simply occupy a list of social problems, because generally, specific races correlate with particular classes. Racism is presently unacceptable, but not classism. We may feel sympathy for the poor, but we do not refrain from disdain. The disdain of the poor centers on Neoclassical economics’ insistence on choice in regards to class. The language of choice does not circumscribe race. Michel Foucault’s work illustrates that the persistent correlation of race and class is not merely sociological but conceptual. Such close associations of particular races with particular classes serve as a means to generate essentialisms that express racism through classism.
Keywords Contemporary Philosophy  Continental Philosophy  Philosophy of Race, Social Class, Michel Foucault  Social Class
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ISBN(s) 0093-4240
DOI 10.5840/gfpj201738218
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