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Are Racists Crazy?
How Prejudice, Racism, and Antisemitism Became Markers of Insanity


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November 2017 | 396 pages | SAGE Vistaar

In Are Racists Crazy? Sander Gilman and James Thomas trace the idea of race and racism as psychopathological categories from medieval times right up to the present. The book explores in detail the means by which racism became equated with mental illness. Based on historical, archival, and content analysis the book provides a rich account of how the disciplines that deal with mental health and illness, including anthropology, medicine, and biology have used ideas about race and madness as a means of defining psychopathology.

An illuminating and riveting presentation of the discourse on racism, antisemitism, and psychopathology, Are Racists Crazy? connects past and present claims about race and racism, showing the dangerous implications of this specious line of thought for today.

 
Preface and Acknowledgments
 
Introduction
 
Psychopathology and Difference from the Nineteenth Century to the Present
 
The Long, Slow Burn from Pathological Accounts of Race to Racial Attitudes as Pathological
 
Hatred and the Crowd: World War I and the Rise of a Psychology of Racism
 
The Holocaust and Post-War Theories of Antisemitism and Racism
 
Race and Madness in Mid-Twentieth-Century America and Beyond
 
The Modern Pathologization of Racism
 
Conclusion: The Specter of Science in Twenty-First-Century Racial Discourse
 
Notes
 
Bibliography
 
Index

“Gilman and Thomas…study the deep structures of racism, not only in plunder, privilege, and antipathy for the ‘other,’ but also in the scientific frameworks that seek to explain ‘otherness’….Are Racists Crazy? sheds new light on such varied matters as implicit bias and authoritarian populism. Most important, this book unveils the inescapable political connections between race and science.”

Howard Winant,
author of The New Politics of Race: Globalism, Difference, Justice

“Gilman and Thomas…study the deep structures of racism, not only in plunder, privilege, and antipathy for the ‘other,’ but also in the scientific frameworks that seek to explain ‘otherness’….Are Racists Crazy? sheds new light on such varied matters as implicit bias and authoritarian populism. Most important, this book unveils the inescapable political connections between race and science.”

Howard Winant,
Author of The New Politics of Race: Globalism, Difference, Justice

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Sander L. Gilman

Sander L. Gilman is Distinguished Professor of the Liberal Arts and Sciences, as well as Professor of Psychiatry, at Emory University. A cultural and literary historian, he is the author or editor of more than ninety books, most notably Seeing the Insane and Jewish Self- Hatred. More About Author

James Michael Thomas

James M. Thomas is Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Mississippi. He is the author of Working to Laugh: Assembling Difference in American Stand-Up Comedy Venues and co-author of Affective Labour: (Dis)Assembling Distance and Difference. More About Author

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