Title

Racial Capitalism

Document Type

Article

Language

eng

Format of Original

10 p.

Publication Date

Spring 2015

Publisher

University of Minnesota Press

Source Publication

Critical Ethnic Studies

Source ISSN

2373-504X

Abstract

Accumulation under capitalism is necessarily the expropriation of labor, land, and resources. But it is also something else: we need a more apposite language to think about capital as a system of expropriating violence on collective life itself. To this end, one way to strengthen racial capitalism as an activist hermeneutic is to use it to name and analyze the production of social separateness—the disjoining or deactiving of relations between human beings (and humans and nature)—needed for capitalist expropriation to work. Considering racial capitalism as a technology of antirelationality reveals its weakness as much as its strength; for acts of racialized violence that would partition people from other senses and practices of social being (noncapitalist, nonstate) are as futile as they are constant.

Comments

Critical Ethnic Studies, Vol. 1, No. 1 (Spring 2015): 76-85. DOI.