Rethinking Racial Capitalism: Questions of Reproduction and Survival


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Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
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6.0 X 9.0 X 0.6 inches | 0.8 pounds

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About the Author

Gargi Bhattacharyya is Professor of Sociology at the Centre For Migration, Refugees and Belonging, University of East London, UK


Full of intellectual energy and wit, Rethinking Racial Capitalism is a fascinating account of the entanglements between capitalism and racism, from the proliferation of territorial borders, to reparations and indebtedness. Fulfilling her promise of descriptive analysis, Bhattacharyya's storytelling is rich, alert, vibrant. Capitalism's allure appears as a hot bath, a teenage outfit, the opening of a menu. I didn't want the book to end.--Yasmin Gunaratnam, Reader in Sociology at Goldsmiths University of London, UK
An acutely observed, innovative and thought-provoking study of the articulation of racism with the development of capitalism. Replete with intersectional insights, it extends contemporary debate through a feminist lens. Careful socio-economic and political analysis is complemented with attention to issues of affect such as the trans-generational carryover of trauma. An excellent combination of analytical rigour with political acumen and compassion. A must-read for anyone concerned about the effects of racial capitalism.--Avtar Brah, Professor Emerita of Sociology, Birkbeck College, University of London
To read Gargi Bhattacharyya is always enlightening: she teaches how to think, not just what to think; she engages her readers as citizens, not just professors; and she grounds her scholarship in movements for liberation. Rethinking Racial Capitalism will transform our understanding of one of the key issues of the day - how capitalism and racism work together.--Arun Kundnani, New York University
[Bhattacharyya] uses the concept of "racial capitalism" to understand how racism enables major aspects of capitalist forms of development [and] argues that the concepts on which racial capitalism is based can also be used to marginalize groups by gender identity, disability, and age.--CHOICE