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Global Raciality

Empire, PostColoniality, DeColoniality, 1st Edition

Edited by Paola Bacchetta, Sunaina Maira, Howard Winant


234 pages

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Global Raciality expands our understanding of race, space, and place by exploring forms of racism and anti-racist resistance worldwide. Contributors address neoliberalism; settler colonialism; race, class, and gender intersectionality; immigrant rights; Islamophobia; and homonationalism; and investigate the dynamic forces propelling anti-racist solidarity and resistance cultures. Midway through the Trump years and with a rise in nativism fervor across the globe, this expanded approach captures the creativity and variety found in the fight against racism we see the world over.

Chapters focus on both the immersive global trajectories of race and racism, and the international variation in contemporary configurations of racialized experience. Race, class, and gender identities may not only be distinctive, they can extend across borders, continents, and oceans with remarkable demonstrations of solidarity happening all over the world. Palestinians, Black Panthers, Dalit, Native Americans, and Indian feminists among others meet and interact in this context. Intersections between race and such forms of power as colonialism and empire, capitalism, gender, sexuality, religion, and class are examined and compared across different national and global contexts. It is in this robust and comparative analytical approach that Global Raciality reframes conventional studies on postcolonial regimes and racial identities and expression.


If you haven’t been thinking about racism and empire, start now! In the era of Xi, Modi, Putin and Trump, power and hatred intersect in new and frightening ways. These studies of situations across the world, ranging from the horror of colonial genocide, through the complexities of race-making and race-marking, to the inspiring story of B. R. Ambedkar, provide a rich resource for contemporary scholarship and solidarity work.

Raewyn Connell, author of Southern Theory

Table of Contents


New Racial Studies and Global Raciality

Howard Winant


Global Raciality: Empire, PostColoniality, DeColoniality

Paola Bacchetta, Sunaina Maira, and Howard Winant

Part I. Empire

1. Imagining New Worlds: Anti-Indianism and the Roots of United States Exceptionalism

Leece M. Lee-Oliver

2. A Burmese Wonderland: Race and Corporate Governmentality in British Burma, 1906-1930

David Baillargeon

3. Comparative Raciality: Erasure and Hypervisibility of Asian and Afro Mexicans

Bettina Ng’weno and Lok Siu

Part II. Postcoloniality

4.Racial Property and Radical Memory: Epilogues to the Haitian Revolution

W. Rae Schneider

5. The Incursion and its Hauntings: Modernity, Discipline, and Compromised Citizenship

Kimberley D. McKinson

6. Palestine in Black and White: White Settler-Colonialism and the Specter of Transnational Black Power

Greg Burris

Part III. Decoloniality

7. Modern Skins: Exploring Racialized Representations in Post-Liberalization India

Hareem Khan

8. Queers of Color and (De)Colonial Spaces in Europe

Paola Bacchetta, Fatima El-Tayeb, and Jin Haritaworn

9. Black Buddhist: The Visual and Material Cultures of the Dalit Movement and the Black Panther Party

Padma D. Maitland

10. Solidarity Protests on US Security Policy: Interrupting Racial and Imperial Affects Through Ritual Mourning

Chandra Russo


Race and Empire Today

Vijay Prashad

List of Contributors


About the Editors

Paola Bacchetta is Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies, and affiliated faculty within the Center for Race and Gender; the Center for South Asia Studies; the Center for Middle Eastern Studies; and the Center for the Study of Sexual Cultures at the University of California, Berkeley.

Sunaina Maira is Professor of Asian American Studies, and affiliated faculty within the Middle East/South Asia Studies Program and the Cultural Studies Graduate Group at the University of California, Davis.

Howard Winant is Distinguished Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he is also affiliated with the Black Studies, Chicana/o Studies, and Asian American Studies departments. He founded and directed the University of California Center for New Racial Studies.

About the Series

New Racial Studies

This series of research publications focuses on the shifting and contradictory meaning of race in the aftermath of the massive racial upheavals that followed World War II: civil rights, anti-apartheid, major demographic shifts, decolonialization, significant inclusionary reforms and expansions of political rights on the one hand, combined with reinvented but still extremely deep-rooted patterns of structural racism, racial inequality, and "post-" imperial formations on the other hand.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / African American Studies
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Discrimination & Race Relations