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    Reexamining race and Capitalism in the Marxist tradition – editorial introduction

    Knox, R. and Kumar, Ashok (2023) Reexamining race and Capitalism in the Marxist tradition – editorial introduction. Historical Materialism 31 (2), pp. 25-48. ISSN 1465-4466.

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    The question of capitalism’s relationship to issues of race, racism and processes of racialisation has become increasingly prominent in contemporary debates. This special issue of Historical Materialism on ‘Race and Capital’ seeks to intervene in these debates. In this Introduction, we situate the special issue within this wider political, historical and theoretical context. We begin by reconstructing some of the key tensions and fault lines within contemporary discussions of race and racism, particularly in relation to the Marxist tradition. Against those who claim a primarily oppositional relationship between the Marxist tradition and anti-racist thinking, we chart a historical account of key moments in which Marxist movements and thinkers have attempted to articulate distinctively historical-materialist accounts of race and racism. We then situate the key themes of the special issue – and the various articles that compose the issue – against this background.


    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): race, capital, slavery, labour, ideology, colonialism
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Business and Law > Birkbeck Business School
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 04 Aug 2023 10:47
    Last Modified: 04 Aug 2023 15:06


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