[Marxism] Notes on David Brion Davis' review
bhandari at berkeley.edu
Sun Oct 29 22:06:27 MST 2006
Andrew Austin wrote:
>Of course it's my own writing, Rakesh.
>I operate from realist approaches to racism that don't sacrifice the
>intersubjective and formative dimension.
The problem of course is the kind of reality race itself has.
> "Racism," writes Faye V.
>Harrison, "must be understood to be a nexus of material relations within
>which social and discursive practices perpetuate oppressive power
>relations between populations presumed to be essentially different."
But this definition of racism does not specify why over time and in
what ways these groups remain essentially different? I cannot agree
>Following Harrison's lead, it is more accurate to conceptualize the
>racial system as, along with its ideological dimensions, an objective
>(or material) system of relations and interactions.
many things are that.
>>Racism is not only a
>mental event or a set of shared beliefs that structures behavior, but a
>mind-independent social structure that imposes itself on human behavior.
I don't understand how racism can be mind independent! Races surely
were not how nature was carved at the joints before our minds got
>Understanding how racial stratification works to divide human beings
>into groups requires in-depth analysis of social relations as really
>existing things. At the material level, then, racialized groups comprise
>an objective hierarchically-organized social structure.
Then every society perhaps even including so called hunter gatherer
society was racist.
I am still not clear on what you mean by racism.
the ideological-cultural system reproduces the objective racial
hierarchy at the same time the racial hierarchy reproduces the
ideological-cultural system. Seeing race in this way returns analysis of
racism to the realism of historical materialism. This is the concept of
racism with which I theorize this field of social reality. Using this
concept, the summary I provided earlier rather clearly illustrates
racism in operation.
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