Theorizing Anti-Racism: Linkages in Marxism and Critical Race Theories
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.
effective ethnology of the West and its mechanisms of power; and second, to make him radically reconceptualize the role of “the Other” and alterity in his work. The result was that Foucault, against the earlier current developed in Madness and Civilization, came rather to deny the possibility of the Other’s separated existence and reduction to silence. In its critique of the central thesis of Madness and Civilization, The Archaeology signals a major revision in his thinking. Foucault’s early work
evidence in a law court forms part of legal discourse: it interacts with it only for the duration of a specific event. It would not have been subject to the rules of formation of a colonial discourse (its formation would rather have been the effect of the discursive conditions of literary practice), nor would it have been authorized by the institutional sites from which such a discourse would derive its legitimation – “its legitimate source and point of application (its specific objects and
rather a focus on the influences, politics, and historical theories that shaped the writing of The Black Jacobins. We will thus be able to see the ways in which James, while using certain radical historical categories, gave them new meanings. James tells the story of writing The Black Jacobins this way. In the 1971 IBW lecture, James discerns that alongside his anticolonial political practice, Caribbean nationalism, and his preoccupation with historical knowledge, there were other ingredients
sociological contributions can be found in Ronald A.T. Judy, ed., “Sociology Hesitant: Thinking with W.E.B. Du Bois,” special issue, boundary 2 27, no. 3 (Fall 2000). 28 This text has remained until today perhaps the most studied text of Du Bois. In it he develops the idea of double-consciousness. For a version of this text with essays by different critics, see W.E.B. Du Bois, Souls of Black Folk, Norton Critical Editions (New York: Norton, 1999). 29 W.E.B. Du Bois, John Brown (New York: Random
discussion of intellectuals in his Legislators and Interpreters (Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 1987). 82 Étienne Balibar, Masses, Ideas and Politics (London: Verso, 1994), 200. 83 Walzer, Interpretation and Social Criticism, 42. 84 Gilbert Ryle, “The Thinking of Thoughts: What Is ‘Le Penseur’ Doing?” University Lectures 18, University of Saskatchewan (1968), 32. 85 See Steven Lukes, “Liberty and Equality: Must They Conflict?” in Political Theory Today, ed. David Held (Stanford, CA: