Shifting The Pardigm

Introductory Essay: Webs Of Knowledge in the Digital Divide The production of knowledge on the Internet is not as democratic as we might think. DuBois, Beauvoir, and more contemporary voices within critical race, postcolonial, and feminist thought remind us the same is true in social theory.

Skin

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Based on real-life events, this film tells the story of a black girl born to white parents in 1950s apartheid South Africa. Provides a profound illustration of the struggles of living a life defined by racial double-consciousness.

Persepolis

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A beautifully animated film that poignantly and humorously explores the intersections of gender, religion, and nationality. Click here for more information.

Lumumba

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A film portraying the rise and assassination of Patrice Lumumba, the first legally elected prime minister of the Republic of Congo after the country won its independence from colonial Belgium. An intriguing portrayal of postcolonial struggle and politics. Click here for more information.

The Battle of Algiers

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Gillo Pontecorvo’s powerful film about the 1950s struggle of Algerian independence provides many vivid examples of colonial subjugation as well as important context for Fanon’s White Skin, Black Masks. The scenes of Algerian women cutting their hair so they can pass French checkpoints and plant bombs in French cafés are particularly striking. Click here for more information.

New Muslim Cool

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This compelling documentary traces the life of Puerto Rican rapper Hamza Pérez, a former drug dealer who converts to Islam and moves to Pittsburgh in search of faith and empowerment in a post-9/11 world. A great example of the complex intersections among race, class, religion, and nationality.

Black in Latin America

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This PBS series follows Henry Louis Gates, Jr., as he explores the role of colonialism in the making of race and identity in Latin America. Full episodes and additional content are available online.

Racism Review

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An excellent blog maintained by sociologists Joe Feagin and Jessie Daniels that provides superb analysis and well-vetted information on a range of issues related to race and racism, including a list of films to be used in the classroom.

Race: The Power of an Illusion

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The PBS series, Race: The Power of an Illusion, and its companion website provide a boatload of useful information on race as a social, political, and economic construct.

PBS Global Connections

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This website includes educational resources, timelines, and maps on the cultures, politics, and economics of the Middle East.

Muslims in America

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Andrea Elliott’s Pulitzer Prize-winning series for the New York Times about a mosque in Brooklyn is an excellent companion to Said’s Orientalism.

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