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Colonial Racial Capitalism

The 2022 'Colonial Racial Capitalism' publication edited by Susan Koshy, Lisa Marie Cacho, Jodi A. Byrd, and Brian Jordan Jefferson, is shared by the Bartlett Faculty Climate Curriculum Working Group.

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An examination of the intersections between colonialism, racism, and capitalis

Colonial Racial Capitalism published in 2022 and edited by Susan Koshy, Lisa Marie Cacho, Jodi A. Byrd, and Brian Jordan Jefferson, offers an examination of the intersections between colonialism, racism, and capitalism. Through diverse perspectives, the contributors delve into the historical entanglement of slavery and colonial exploitation, from the conquest of the New World to the present-day manifestations of financial capitalism.

The essays within the volume explore various facets of this complex dynamic. They address themes such as the commodification of Black bodies, the exploitation of Indigenous lands and labour, and the systemic violence embedded in colonial structures. Examples include discussions on the historical linkage of Black identity with debt, the environmental devastation wrought by uranium mining in Canada and the Belgian Congo, and the racialised enforcement of law and order in Puerto Rico and Los Angeles County.

By employing an analytic framework of colonial racial capitalism, the volume offers fresh insights into the enduring legacies of violence, precarity, and inequality in contemporary society. With contributions from leading scholars in the field, this book provides essential perspectives for understanding the ongoing struggles against oppression and injustice. 

Contributors include: Joanne Barker, Jodi A. Byrd, Lisa Marie Cacho, Michael Dawson, Iyko Day, Ruth Wilson Gilmore, Alyosha Goldstein, Cheryl I. Harris, Kimberly Kay Hoang, Brian Jordan Jefferson, Susan Koshy, Marisol LeBrón, Jodi Melamed, Laura Pulido.  


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