Racial State / Edition 1

Racial State / Edition 1

by David Theo Goldberg, Goldberg
     
 

Recent works on racial theory and state theory have tended to ignore each other. The Racial State, by contrast, argues that race is integral to the conceptual, philosophical and material emergence of the modern nation state, and to its ongoing management. By interrogating conceptual shifts in defining the racial state over time, Goldberg shows that debates

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Recent works on racial theory and state theory have tended to ignore each other. The Racial State, by contrast, argues that race is integral to the conceptual, philosophical and material emergence of the modern nation state, and to its ongoing management. By interrogating conceptual shifts in defining the racial state over time, Goldberg shows that debates and struggles about race in a wide variety of societies are really about the nature of political constitution and community. The book concludes with a discussion of how state and citizenship might be reconceived on assumptions of heterogeneity, mobility, and global openness. In this way, the book rethinks contemporary racial theorizing while providing a comprehensive account of modern state formation through racial configuration.

The author's approach is thoroughly interdisciplinary, combining perspectives from political theory and philosophy, historical sociology and anthropology, and cultural, postcolonial and African American studies.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780631199212
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
12/31/2001
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

David Theo Goldberg is the Director of the system wide University of California Humanities research Institute and professor of African American Studies and Criminology, Law and Society at the University of California, Irvine. His previous publications include Racist Culture (Blackwell Publishers, 1993) and Multiculturalism: A Critical Reader (Blackwell Publishers, 1994).

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: The State of Race Theory1
1States of Racial Distinction14
Cities and States16
Hybridity and Homogeneity24
2The Time of Racial States36
States of Nature and Historical States39
The Racial Obsession of Modernity49
3The State of Liberalism's Limits57
Shifting Grounds57
Carlyle's Critical Caricature59
Mill's Racial Rule63
4Racial Rule74
Naturalism and Historicism74
Amalgamation and Assimilation80
Naturalizing Order, Historicizing Governance85
Racial Subjection, Ambivalent Rule88
5Racial States98
States of Racial Rule, States of Racial Being98
Defining States, Refining States101
Racial Subjects, Racial Selves104
Racial Governmentalities109
Racial States and Racist States112
Racial Penetration, Racial Routinization115
Racial Assertion and the Nation-State118
Laying Down Racial Law122
States of Racial Violence129
A Racial World Order132
6Legislating Race138
Law's Order139
Laws of Racial Rule141
Racial Restrictions148
Racial Sovereignty154
7States of Whiteness160
Segregating States164
Cultivating Whiteness171
State Stocktaking188
8Raceless States200
Centralizing State Racelessness203
Styles of State Racelessness210
Conditions and Codes of Racelessness221
Racelessness as Civic Religion229
Raceless Worlds234
9Conclusion: Stating the Difference239
Posing the Question of Post-racial States239
Race and State Personality244
The Race to State Homogeneity248
Counter-racial Questions254
Traceless Citizenships263
Bibliography278
Index304

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