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Soc. Sci. 2017, 6(3), 84;

Race, the Condition of Neo-Liberalism

Department of Sociology, Montclair State University, 1 Normal Ave, Montclair, NJ 07043, USA
Received: 1 July 2017 / Revised: 24 July 2017 / Accepted: 28 July 2017 / Published: 1 August 2017
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This article addresses the social and historical relation between Chicago School neo-liberalism and contemporary racism, and its connections with the formations of racism in classical liberalism and its colonial character. I show the pragmatic and discursive operations of neo-racism in the context of this shift to a neo-liberal discourse, drawing particularly on Michel Foucault’s seminars, Society Must be Defended, and Birth of Bio-politics. Insofar as “race” cannot be understood as a discrete category outside its social, economic, moral, and political embeddedness in liberalism, I argue that methodological individualism and expectations of high-specialization constrain the theorization of race in U.S. scholarship. Racial lines will continue to be (re)excavated, borrowed, or inscribed afresh to channel, reinforce, and institutionalize the social violence that neo-liberalism must unleash. View Full-Text
Keywords: neoliberalism; race; Foucault; liberalism; internal racism neoliberalism; race; Foucault; liberalism; internal racism
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