Studies across a range of measures of wellbeing show that class privilege does not necessarily immunize racial minorities from the structures and processes that produce excess morbidity and mortality in people, communities, and populations without racial privilege. These facts invite a consideration of the complex relationship between race and class in the United States.
The Hidden Agenda in GOP Attacks on Critical Race Theory
In this Berkeley News interview, Khiara Bridges, faculty affiliate of ISSI's Center for Ethnographic Research and Berkeley Center for Social Medicine, discusses how right-wing media have promoted a distorted version of critical race theory in order to undermine increasing awareness of systemic racism. The right attacks critical race theory to draw attention away from the detrimental impacts of systemic racism, "but part of the point of these attacks is to neutralize and delegtimize powerful critiques of American life."
Unlearning: Rethinking Poetics, Pandemics, and the Politics of Knowledge
Charles Briggs, Co-Chair of ISSI's Berkeley Center for Social Medicine, published a new book. In Unlearning: Rethinking Poetics, Pandemics, and the Politics of Knowledge, Briggs analyzes and challenges the ways scholars can disrupt existing social and discourse theories across disciplines by transforming objects of analysis into sources of creativity, engagement, and social activism.