I Hope I Join the Band
212 pages, 5 1/2 x 8 1/2
Release Date:02 Mar 2012

I Hope I Join the Band

Narrative, Affiliation, and Antiraciset Rhetoric

Utah State University Press

"Both from the Right and from the Left, we are stymied in talking well with one another about race and racism, by intransigent beliefs in our own goodness as well as by our conviction that such talk is useless. . . . White antiracist epistemology needs to begin not with our beliefs, but with our individual and collective awakening to that which we do not know."

Drawing on scholarship across disciplines ranging from writing and rhetoric studies to critical race theory to philosophy, I Hope I Join the Band examines the limits and the possibilities for performative engagement in antiracist activism. Focusing particularly on the challenges posed by raced-white identity to performativity, and moving between narrative and theoretical engagement, thebook names and argues for critical shifts in the understandings and rhetorical practices that attend antiracist activism.

 'A successful addition to the scholarship on antiracist rhetoric...Condon's book will remain a testament to the struggles and possibilities that lie before those who dare to engage with antiracist rhetoric'
—Ryan Winet,
Composition Studies
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