1st Edition

Racism and Racial Surveillance
Modernity Matters

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ISBN 9780367856793
September 30, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
264 Pages

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Book Description

Based on the premise that the project of Western Modernity is a structuring element of our societies, Racism and Racial Surveillance explores in detail its legacies of coloniality and racialization that interfere in a subtle and perverse way in the current social, cultural and political systems.

Guided by an interdisciplinary methodology, the various contributions privilege historical contexts of colonial formation and offer a thorough and intersectional analysis on the specters of coloniality in the upsurge of racism, surveillance, and criminalization, as well as the presence of the phantom of the race in spaces of knowledge production such as that of artistic field, forensic genetics and criminal identification.

Drawing on multi case studies the book then proffers key concepts and historical background that will be of interest to researchers, students and professionals in a broad range of areas of social sciences and humanities research, including fields such as criminology and policing, science and technology studies, arts studies, literary studies, race and ethnic studies and, finally, memory studies.

Table of Contents


1. Introduction

Sheila Khan, Nazir Can and Helena Machado

2. Empire and literature: from the schism of race to the seism of the "other"

Nazir Ahmed Can and Rita Chaves

3. Breaking the complicity between the aesthetic device and the colonial device: Afro-Brazilian art, Afro-descendant black art

Márcio Seligmann-Silva

4. Black modernities, social memory and experiences of insubordination

Mário Augusto Medeiros da Silva

5. Cape Verde, Brazil and Portugal: dubious Atlantic triangulantions

Júlio Cesar Machado de Paula

6. "Look how beautiful we are"
"Negro" and negritude avatars in the islands of the south-western Indian Ocean: Hybridity and "racialised" thinking

Valérie Magdelaine-Andrianjafitrimo

7. Insidious Invisibilities: World-Literature, ‘Race’, and Resistance

Paulo de Medeiros


8. Postcolonial Racial Surveillance through Forensic Genetics

Sheila Khan and Helena Machado

9. Politics of (Non)Belonging: Enacting Imaginaries of Affected Publics Through Forensic Genetic Technologies

Nina Amelung

10. The (re)invocation of race in forensic genetics through forensic DNA phenotyping

Filipa Queirós

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Sheila Khan is Integrated Researcher at Communication and Society Research Centre, University of Minho, Portugal.

Nazir Ahmed Can is Full Professor of African Literature at the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro.

Helena Machado is Full Professor of Sociology and Dean of the Institute for Social Sciences, University of Minho, Portugal.