Introduction: Globalization and Race in World Capitalism

  • William I. Robinson Department of Sociology, University of California at Santa Barbara

Abstract

Scholars of world-systems and global political economy have wrestled for decades with the genesis of 'race' as a social construct and its historical significance for the system of world capitalism.  Transformations in the world capitalist system pose a new challenge to Western theories of race.  Older colonial structures may be giving way in the face of capitalist globalization.  Racial or ethnic dimensions of the relations of exploitation in the capitalist world-system need to be reconceptualized.  This symposium aims to generated debate and interchange among scholars on such a reconceptualization and to contribute to real world struggles against racial inequities.

Author Biography

William I. Robinson, Department of Sociology, University of California at Santa Barbara
Professor of Sociology, Global and International Studies, and Latin American and Iberian Studies, University of California at Santa Barbara

References

Cox, Oliver, C. 1959 [1948], Caste, Class, and Race. New York: Monthly Review Press

Published
2016-03-22
How to Cite
Robinson, W. I. (2016). Introduction: Globalization and Race in World Capitalism. Journal of World-Systems Research, 22(1), 3-8. https://doi.org/10.5195/jwsr.2016.606
Section
Symposium: Race in the Capitalist World-System