In Race and Citizen Identity in the Classical Athenian Democracy, Susan Lape demonstrates how a race ideology grounded citizen identity. Although this ideology did not manifest itself in a fully developed race myth, its study offers insight into the causes and conditions that can give rise to race and racisms in both modern and pre-modern cultures. In the Athenian context, racial citizenship emerged because it both defined and justified those who were entitled to share in the political, symbolic, and socioeconomic goods of Athenian citizenship. By investigating Athenian law, drama, and citizenship practices, this study shows how citizen identity worked in practice to consolidate national unity and to account for past Athenian achievements. It also considers how Athenian identity narratives fuelled Herodotus' and Thucydides' understanding of history and causation.Read more
- The first book to study the historical factors leading to the production of race ideology
- Examines the role of race in the classical and pre-modern world
- Shows parallels between the rise of race and racism in modern and pre-modern cultures
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'… well and thoroughly argued. It is a useful and timely contribution to our understanding of democratic Athenian identity.' Matthew Kears, Rosetta
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- Date Published: January 2014
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9781107633995
- length: 356 pages
- dimensions: 229 x 152 x 20 mm
- weight: 0.52kg
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
1. Theorizing citizen identity
2. Rhetorics of racialism and reproduction
3. Euripides' Ion and the family romance of Athenian racialism
4. Athenian identity in history and as history
5. Trials of citizen identity: policing and producing the racial frontier
6. Myths and realities of racial citizenship.
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