By Reiland Rabaka
Opposed to Epistemic Apartheid deals an archive-informed and available creation to Du Bois's significant contributions to sociology. during this highbrow history-making quantity a number of award-winning W.E.B. Du Bois student Reiland Rabaka bargains the 1st book-length remedy of Du Bois's seminal sociological discourse: from Du Bois as inventor of the sociology of race, to Du Bois because the first sociologist of yank faith; from Du Bois as a pioneer of city and rural sociology, to Du Bois as innovator of the sociology of gender and inaugurator of intersectional sociology; and, eventually, from Du Bois as groundbreaking sociologist of schooling and important criminologist, to Du Bois as dialectical critic of the disciplinary decadence of sociology and the yank academy.
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This, of course, is what I have repeatedly made reference to above as epistemic apartheid. ” With epistemic apartheid, however, I am earnestly attempting to take Gordon’s concept of disciplinary decadence one step (or, perhaps, a couple of steps) further by emphasizing that when one carefully and critically reads his brilliant book Disciplinary Decadence: Living Thought in Trying Times (2006b) closely and carefully, it is possible to “slightly stretch”—to borrow an apt phrase from Frantz Fanon (1968, 40) in The Wretched of the Earth—Gordon’s theory to intellectually encompass or conceptually capture, not only “the process of critical decay within a field or discipline” but, even more, the processes of institutional racism or, rather, academic racial colonization and conceptual quarantining of knowledge, anti-imperial thought, and/or radical political praxis produced and presented by nonwhite—and, I am tempted to sardonically say, “especially black”—intellectual-activists.
Against the bourgeois liberalism of the history of ideas approach, Foucaultian archaeology endeavors to identify the states and stages for the creation and critique of ongoing and open-ended or, rather, more nuanced knowledge, as well as the hidden rules and regulations (re)structuring and ultimately determining the form and focus of discursive rationality that are deeply embedded within and often obfuscatingly operate below the perceived borders and boundaries of disciplinary development, methodological maneuvers, or interpretive intention.
It would seem that at this point in his articulation of the concept of disciplinary decadence Gordon privileges analysis of (mono)disciplinary theories and knowledge production within the academy over the ways in which (mono)disciplinary discursive formations and discursive practices have been (and, to a certain extent, continue to be) simultaneously influenced and impacted by social institutions and social practices without the academy and, what is more, increasingly influence and impact social institutions and social practices without the academy.
Against Epistemic Apartheid: W.E.B. Du Bois and the Disciplinary Decadence of Sociology by Reiland Rabaka