Racial State / Edition 1

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The Racial State argues that race is integral to the conceptual, philosophical and material emergence of modern nation state formation, and to its ongoing management.

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"Goldberg offers a compelling, historically grounded and powerful set of analytic tools to understand the pernicious synergy on which racisms and modern states have thrived. The Racial State offers that rare form of engaged scholarship speaks to the theoretical and the everyday, that joins analytic innovation and nuance, political commitment, and historical breadth." (Ann Laura Stoler, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor)

"The Racial State is a worthy contribution, following Omi and Winant's theory, to our understanding of modern racial formation. Commanding the canon of political philosophy and legal theory, Goldberg provides us with a thorough account of how racial distinction, exclusion, management and terror have been historically the reason and practice of the modern state." (Lisa Lowe, University of California, San Diego)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780631199212
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 12/31/2001
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • 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).
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Table of Contents

Introduction: The State of Race Theory 1
1 States of Racial Distinction 14
Cities and States 16
Hybridity and Homogeneity 24
2 The Time of Racial States 36
States of Nature and Historical States 39
The Racial Obsession of Modernity 49
3 The State of Liberalism's Limits 57
Shifting Grounds 57
Carlyle's Critical Caricature 59
Mill's Racial Rule 63
4 Racial Rule 74
Naturalism and Historicism 74
Amalgamation and Assimilation 80
Naturalizing Order, Historicizing Governance 85
Racial Subjection, Ambivalent Rule 88
5 Racial States 98
States of Racial Rule, States of Racial Being 98
Defining States, Refining States 101
Racial Subjects, Racial Selves 104
Racial Governmentalities 109
Racial States and Racist States 112
Racial Penetration, Racial Routinization 115
Racial Assertion and the Nation-State 118
Laying Down Racial Law 122
States of Racial Violence 129
A Racial World Order 132
6 Legislating Race 138
Law's Order 139
Laws of Racial Rule 141
Racial Restrictions 148
Racial Sovereignty 154
7 States of Whiteness 160
Segregating States 164
Cultivating Whiteness 171
State Stocktaking 188
8 Raceless States 200
Centralizing State Racelessness 203
Styles of State Racelessness 210
Conditions and Codes of Racelessness 221
Racelessness as Civic Religion 229
Raceless Worlds 234
9 Conclusion: Stating the Difference 239
Posing the Question of Post-racial States 239
Race and State Personality 244
The Race to State Homogeneity 248
Counter-racial Questions 254
Traceless Citizenships 263
Bibliography 278
Index 304
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