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The Physiology of Sexist and Racist Oppression

Shannon Sullivan


While gender and race often are considered socially constructed, this book argues that they are physiologically constituted through the biopsychosocial effects of sexism and racism. Examining a complex tangle of affects, emotions, knowledge, and privilege, it develops an understanding of the human body whose unconscious habits are biological. On this account, affect and emotion are thoroughly somatic, not something “mental” or extra-biological, layered on top of the body. They also are interpersonal, social, and can be transactionally transmitted between people. Investigating matters ranging f ... More

Keywords: racism, sexism, physiology, biopsychosocial, affect, biologically unconscious habits

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Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780190250607
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190250607.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Shannon Sullivan, author
Professor of Philosophy and Department Chair, UNC Charlotte, North Carolina

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