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Recent works on racial theory and state theory have tended to ignore each other. "The Racial State", by contrast, argues that race is integral to the conceptual, philosophical and material emergence of the modern nation state, and to its ongoing management. By interrogating conceptual shifts in defining the racial state over time, Goldberg shows that debates and struggles about race in a wide variety of societies are really about the nature of political constitution and community.The book concludes with a discussion of how state and citizenship might be reconceived on assumptions of heterogeneity, mobility, and global openness. In this way, the book rethinks contemporary racial theorizing while providing a comprehensive account of modern state formation through racial configuration. The author's approach is thoroughly interdisciplinary, combining perspectives from political theory and philosophy, historical sociology and anthropology, and cultural, postcolonial and African American studies.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780631199199
ISBN-10: 0631199195
Format: Hardback
(237mm x 159mm x 29mm)
Pages: 336
Imprint: Blackwell Publishers
Publisher: John Wiley and Sons Ltd
Publish Date: 29-Nov-2001
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - David Theo Goldberg

David Theo Goldberg is the Director of the system wide University of California Humanities research Institute and professor of African American Studies and Criminology, Law and Society at the University of California, Irvine. His previous publications include Racist Culture (Blackwell Publishers, 1993) and Multiculturalism: A Critical Reader (Blackwell Publishers, 1994).

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