Colonial Racial Capitalism

Susan Koshy (Editor), Lisa Marie Cacho (Editor), Jodi Byrd (Editor), Brian J Jefferson (Editor)

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The contributors to Colonial Racial Capitalism consider anti-Blackness, human commodification, and slave labor alongside the history of Indigenous dispossession and the uneven development of colonized lands across the globe. They demonstrate the co-constitution and entanglement of slavery and colonialism from the conquest of the New World through industrial capitalism to contemporary financial capitalism. Among other topics, the essays explore the historical suturing of Blackness and Black people to debt, the violence of uranium mining on Indigenous lands in Canada and the Belgian Congo, how municipal property assessment and waste management software encodes and produces racial difference, how Puerto Rican police crackdowns on protestors in 2010 and 2011 drew on decades of policing racially and economically marginalized people, and how historic sites in Los Angeles County narrate the Mexican-American War in ways that occlude the war’s imperialist groundings. The volume’s analytic of colonial racial capitalism opens new frameworks for understanding the persistence of violence, precarity, and inequality in modern society.
Original languageEnglish (US)
PublisherDuke University Press
Number of pages368
ISBN (Electronic)9781478023371
ISBN (Print)9781478018742, 9781478016106
StatePublished - Sep 2022


  • racial capitalism
  • land
  • imperialism
  • development
  • Indigeneity
  • anti-Blackness
  • settler colonialism


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