Race on the brain : what implicit bias gets wrong about the struggle for racial justice / Jonathan Kahn.Material type: TextSeries: JSTOR eBooks.Publisher: New York : Columbia University Press, Copyright date: ©2018Description: 1 online resource (291 pages).Content type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9780231545389; 023154538X.Subject(s): Discrimination in criminal justice administration -- United States | Discrimination in justice administration -- United States | Racism -- Psychological aspects | Racism -- United States | Discrimination -- Law and legislation -- United StatesAdditional physical formats: Print version:: Race on the brain.DDC classification: 364.3/400973 Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
Introduction: rethinking implicit bias: the limits to science as a tool of racial justice -- Defining and measuring implicit bias -- The uptake of implicit social cognition by the legal academy -- Accepting conservative frames: time, color-blindness, diversity, and intent -- Behavioral realism in action -- Deracinating the legal subject -- Obscuring power -- Recreational antiracism and the power of positive nudging -- Seeking a technical fix to racism -- Biologizing racism: the ultimate technical fix -- Conclusion: contesting the common sense of racism.
Of the many obstacles to racial justice in America, none has received more recent attention than the one that lurks in our subconscious. As social movements and policing scandals have shown how far from being "postracial" we are, the concept of implicit bias has taken center stage in national conversation about race. Millions of Americans have taken online tests purporting to show the deep, invisible roots of their prejudice. When a recent Oxford study claimed to have found a drug that reduced implicit bias, it was only the starkest example of a pervasive trend. But what do we risk when we seek the simplicity of a technological diagnosis-and solution-for racism? What do we miss when we locate racism in our biology and our brains rather than in our history and our social practices? In Race on the Brain, Jonathan Kahn argues that implicit bias has grown into a master narrative of race relations-one with profound if unintended negative consequences for law, science, and society. He emphasizes its limitations, arguing that while useful as a tool to understand particular types of behavior, it is only one among the various tools available to policymakers. An uncritical embrace of implicit bias, to the exclusion of power relations and structural racism, undermines civic responsibility for addressing the problem by turning it over to experts. Technological interventions, including many tests for implicit bias, are premised on a color-blind ideal and run the risk of erasing history, denying present reality, and obscuring accountability.
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