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Traces of History : Elementary Structures of Race

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Traces of History presents a new approach to race and to comparative colonial studies. Bringing a historical perspective to bear on the regimes of race that colonizers have sought to impose on Aboriginal people in Australia, on Blacks and Native Americans in the United States, on Ashkenazi Jews in Western Europe, on Arab-Jews in Israel/Palestine, and on people of African descent in Brazil, this book shows how race marks and reproduces the different relationships of inequality into which Europeans have coopted subaltern populations: territorial dispossession, enslavement, confinement, assimilation, and removal. Charting the different modes of domination that engender specific regimes of race and the strategies of anti-colonial resistance they entail, the book powerfully argues for cross-racial solidarities that respect these historical differences.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 156 x 235 x 22.86mm | 367g
  • Verso Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • INCLUDES 7 BLACK AND WHITE INTEGRATED IMAGES
  • 1781689172
  • 9781781689172
  • 129,206

About Patrick Wolfe

Patrick Wolfe is an Australian writer and historian. He has held appointments at various universities, including La Trobe University, Harvard University, Stanford University, and the universities of Melbourne and New Orleans. His publications include Settler Colonialism and the Transformation of Anthropology. He has written extensively on race, colonialism, sovereignty, genocide, and the history of anthropology. He has been active in the Australian Aboriginal Land Rights movement and in Australians for Palestine.show more

Review quote

"'Race is a social construct.' Sure, but what does that mean? Patrick Wolfe, preeminent scholar of settler colonial studies, tackles this question with theoretical sophistication and vivid historical detail. Spanning four continents and four centuries, Wolfe reveals the operations of race-making in specific historical processes, in the always contingent struggles over land, labor, culture, and power. A magnificent work of erudition and elucidation, Traces of History will change how we talk about the 'social construction of race.'"--Robin D. G. Kelley, UCLA, author of Africa Speaks, America Answers "Wolfe brilliantly historicises a comprehensive and global thesis, concluding that racism is not here to stay. An original and essential text."--Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, author of An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States "A unique tour de force. This powerful journey into the past, covering Australia, North America, Brazil, Europe and Palestine, will leave you convinced that racism can be defeated, but its elusive and cynical human attitude has still to be acknowledged and confronted. No other book will help you do this better."--Ilan Pappe, University of Exeter, author of The Idea of Israel "Although racial conflict and racial injustice have shaped the modern history of the entire planet, there is little awareness of how pervasive the legacy of race and racism really is. Traces of History at long last provides a global, comparative text on race. Wolfe draws on a wide range of scholars to provide an accessible text on race and racism as worldwide phenomena. A deeply researched, long-overdue effort. Highly recommended for course adoption!"--Howard Winant, University of California, Santa Barbara, author of Racial Formation in the United States "As profound as it is unsettling."--Gershon Shafir, author of Land, Labor and the Origins of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Race is a social construct. Sure, but what does that mean? Patrick Wolfe, preeminent scholar of settler colonial studies, tackles this question with theoretical sophistication and vivid historical detail. Spanning four continents and four centuries, Wolfe reveals the operations of race-making in specific historical processes, in the always contingent struggles over land, labor, culture, and power. A magnificent work of erudition and elucidation, "Traces of History" will change how we talk about the social construction of race. Robin D. G. Kelley, UCLA, author of "Africa Speaks, America Answers" Wolfe brilliantly historicises a comprehensive and global thesis, concluding that racism is not here to stay. An original and essential text. Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, author of "An Indigenous Peoples History of the United States" A unique tour de force. This powerful journey into the past, covering Australia, North America, Brazil, Europe and Palestine, will leave you convinced that racism can be defeated, but its elusive and cynical human attitude has still to be acknowledged and confronted. No other book will help you do this better. Ilan Pappe, University of Exeter, author of "The Idea of Israel" Although racial conflict and racial injustice have shaped the modern history of the entire planet, there is little awareness of how pervasive the legacy of race and racism really is. "Traces of History" at long last provides a global, comparative text on race. Wolfe draws on a wide range of scholars to provide an accessible text on race and racism as worldwide phenomena. A deeply researched, long-overdue effort. Highly recommended for course adoption! Howard Winant, University of California, Santa Barbara, author of "Racial Formation in the United States" As profound as it is unsettling. Gershon Shafir, author of "Land, Labor and the Origins of the Israeli Palestinian Conflict""show more

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