1-5 April 2021
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Racial capitalism: a critique


About this session

The theory of “Racial Capitalism”, popularised by Cedric J Robinson’s book “Black Marxism”, poses a challenge to the Marxist conception of the relationship between racism and capitalism. Where Marxists contend that racism was the product of the rise of capitalism, Robinson contends that racism was inherited from Feudal Europe and shaped capitalism along racial lines, undermining the revolutionary potential of the working class and calling into question Marxism as a whole. This session will present a Marxist rebuttal to these arguments.

Recommended Reading

Cedric Robinson, racial capitalism and the return of black radicalismby Ken Olende
Race and Classby Alex Callinicos
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