This unique collection brings together selections from the work that has defined our understanding of racism. Every significant contribution to the analysis of racism over the past 50 years are comprised in this one book, including extracts from Myrdal's An American Dilemma, Cox's Marxist theory, Carmichael and Hamilton's introduction of the term ‘institutional racism’ and recent textual analyses. Ordered chronologically, so that the reader can work through the narrative of changes coherently, each contribution is introduced by the editors and the whole collection is bound together by introductory and concluding chapters. The result is an unparalleled teaching and study resource. No other book presents the highlights, range and complexity of the various attempts to unravel racism, in such a comprehensive and panoramic way.
Chapter 23: Problems in the Marxist Project of Theorizing Race
Problems in the Marxist Project of Theorizing Race
In this article the author raises the long debate between the primacy of race and class and the nature of racism. E. San Juan takes issue with the strictly Marxist interpretation of racism as simply a tool utilized exploitively by wealthy interests. Racism is more complex than this suggests, and its foundation reflects both entrenched racial thinking in society, as well as the interplay of class interests. The author reviews the traditional Marxist explanation of race and racism, highlighting the role that Gus Hall, the General Secretary of the Communist Party USA, and other Left scholars played in this dialogue. More recent scholarship and activism has given emergence ...