Theorizing Anti-Racism: Linkages in Marxism and Critical Race Theories

Theorizing Anti-Racism: Linkages in Marxism and Critical Race Theories

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Edited by Abigail B. Bakan and Enakshi Dua
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Over the last few decades, critical theory which examines issues of race and racism has flourished. However, most of this work falls on one side or the other of a theoretical divide between theory inspired by Marxist approaches to race and racism and that inspired by postcolonial and critical race theory. Driven by the need to move beyond the divide, the contributors to Theorizing Anti-Racism present insightful essays that engage these two intellectual traditions with a focus on clarification and points of convergence.

The essays in Theorizing Anti-Racism examine topics which range from reconsiderations of anti-racism in the work of Marx and Foucault to examinations of the relationships among race, class, and the state that integrate both Marxist and critical race theory. Drawing on the most constructive elements of Marxism and postcolonial and critical race theory, this collection constitutes an important contribution to the advancement of anti-racist theory.

Abigail B. Bakan is a professor and Chair of the Department of Social Justice Education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto.

Enakshi Duais Associate Professor in the School of Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies at York University, Toronto.


I. Introduction
1. Introducing the Questions, Reframing the Dialogue (Abigail B. Bakan and Enakshi Dua)

II. Rethinking Foucault
2. Revisiting Genealogies: Theorizing Anti-Racism Beyond the Impasse (Enakshi Dua)
3. Foucault in Tunisia (Robert J. C. Young)
4. Not Quite A Case of the Disappearing Marx: Tracing The Place of Material Relations in Postcolonial Theory (Enakshi Dua)

III. Revisiting Marx
5. Marxism and Anti-Racism: Rethinking the Politics of Difference (Abigail B. Bakan)
6. Marxism and Anti-Racism in Theory and Practice: Reflections and Interpretations (Himani Bannerji)

IV. Legacies And Relationships
7. C. L. R. James and W. E. B. Du Bois: Black Jacobins and Black Reconstruction, Writing Heresy and Revisionist Histories (Anthony Bogues)
8. Colonizing, colonized: Sartre and Fanon (Audrey Kobayashi and Mark Boyle)
9. Intellectuals, Oppression, and Anti-Racist Movements in South Africa (Eunice N. Sahle)

V. Interventions in Race, Class and State
10. Race, Class and Colonialism: Reconsidering the “Jewish Question” (Abigail B. Bakan)
11. Race, Sovereignty and Empire: Theorizing the Camp, Theorizing Post/Modernity (Sunera Thobani)
12. Rethinking Whiteness, “Culturalism,” and the Bourgeoisie in the Age of Neoliberalism (Sedef Arat-Koç)
13. Race and the Management of Labour in United States History (Elizabeth Esch and David Roediger)

List of Contributors

Theorizing Anti-Racism is an exemplary work that explains and theorizes interpretations of Marxism and modern and post-modern theories as well as the connections and tensions between and amongst them. The scholarship is cutting edge, strong, and refreshingly critical.”

Doreen Fumia, Department of Sociology, Ryerson University

“Anyone interested in anti-racism studies and the politics of ethnocultural diversity in liberal democracies will greatly benefit from reading this book. I recommend it wholeheartedly.”

Daniel Salée, School of Community and Public Affairs and Department of Political Science, Concordia University