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Race rhetoric in the US - a family affair

Thursday 8 June
5.30pm
Old Theatre, Old Building

How are race and ethnicity issues currently viewed in the US?

Leading academic expert Professor Patricia Hill Collins will give a lecture at LSE on Thursday 8 June entitled Like one of the Family: Race, ethnicity, and the paradox of US national identity .

Here, she aims to discuss how understandings of race and ethnicity rely on a gendered family rhetoric that in turn contributes to a fundamental paradox of US national identity, namely that between individual rights and group discrimination.

Using the experiences of African American women, she aims to show how Black women's treatment as second-class citizens reflects a belief that US Black women are 'like one of the family', that is, legally part of the US nation-state, but simultaneously subordinated within it.

Patricia Hill Collins is Charles Phelps Taft Professor of Sociology and Chair in the Department of African-American Studies at the University of Cincinnati, Ohio.

She is the author of Fighting Words: Black women and the search for justice (University of Minnesota Press, 1998).

This lecture is free and open to all, no ticket is needed. It will take place on Thursday 8 June at 5.30pm in LSE's Old Theatre, Old Building, Houghton Street, London WC2.

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To contact Professor Hill Collins, please telephone Professor Martin Bulmer, University of Surrey on: 01483 259456 or email: ethnic@soc.surrey.ac.uk.|

Judith Higgin, LSE Press Office, tel: 020 7955 7582

16 May 2000

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