Genocide, Race, Capitalism: Synopsis of Formation within the Modern World-system


  • James V. Fenelon California State University, San Bernardino



This article reviews and synpsizes race-based slavery and genocide extant across the Americas for a half millennia of colonial capitalist development, and identifies four major phases;  conquest, colonization, capitalism, and hegemonic global capitalism. Examples of genocide are presented for each phase, and differences between Catholic driven Latin America conquest and Protestant driven Anglo American genocidal domination are delineated and put into thelongue durée of the modern world-system.

Author Biography

James V. Fenelon, California State University, San Bernardino

Professor of Sociology and Director of the Center for Indigenous Peoples Studies at California State University


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How to Cite

Fenelon, J. V. (2016). Genocide, Race, Capitalism: Synopsis of Formation within the Modern World-system. Journal of World-Systems Research, 22(1), 23–30.



Symposium: Race in the Capitalist World-System