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Naomi D Murakawa
POL S 570
Seattle Campus

The American Racial State

Explores the mutually constitutive relationship between race and American political institutions, beginning with theories of race and racial constructions, race-making and nation-making, racial triangulation, and intersectionality. Examines various institutions and public policies as manifestations of the American racial state, focusing on the epistemological challenges of identifying race, racism, and racialization.

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Description: Explores when and how racial interests and raced histories contribute to the making of American institutions, and how American institutions re-create, exploit, and even subvert racial hierarchy. Begins with theoretical accounts of race, giving particular attention to racial construction, intra-national racial triangulation, and race’s intersection with other forms of hierarchy. Examines various American political institutions as "race-making" institutions, focusing on political parties, the welfare state, immigration regulation, and the criminal justice state.

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Last Update by Suman C. Chhabra
Date: 03/21/2005