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Rstoncs of an all-conquering Q ccidental mentality. They have recently registered the shock o f the posrmodem critique' of knowledge, truth, and science. Amid the ruins, more modest activities, both academic and political, have transformed our understanding of the role of intellectuals and helped to specity the character of our timcs. I would suggest that the critical force of these deliberately posrmodem arguments is suongest, no t where they point toward an urgently needed sociology o f posrmodemity, but where they have addressed the history of the relationship of knowledge to power and domination and converged on the problems oflegitimacy that arose where the partial and the particular opted to represent themselves as the totalizing and the transcendent.
B. Du Bois, suggest that the group had devdoped its own translocal and cosmopolitan conversations about the value of modernity and progress before equivalent patterns of disaffection were consolidated in Europe in the aftumath of the 1914-1918 war in a process to which Jewish writers and artists made such notable contributions:l6 So woefully unorganized is sociological knowledge that the meaning of progress, the meaning of swift and slow in human doing, and the limits of human perfectibility, ue veiled, unanswered sphinxes on the shores of science.
Too, become complicit in O6WIYANC!. 0 IlUHANlsH the remcation of racial difference? What has happened to the antiracist assumptions that governed our scholarly activities in previous times? Have they been beaten back by the gains of postbiological detenninism, which is claiming the right to account for human behavior back from the social sciences? This argument should not be misunderstood. It seeks to initiate a period of reSection and clarification about our intellectual, ethical, and political projects in the critical scholarship of -races" and raciologies.
Between Camps: Nations, Culture and the Allure of Race by Paul Gilroy