Traces of History: Elementary Structures of Race

Traces of History: Elementary Structures of Race

by Patrick Wolfe


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Traces of History presents a new approach to race and to comparative colonial studies. Bringing a historical perspective to bear on the regimes of race that colonizers have sought to impose on Aboriginal people in Australia, on Blacks and Native Americans in the United States, on Ashkenazi Jews in Western Europe, on Arab Jews in Israel/Palestine, and on people of African descent in Brazil, this book shows how race marks and reproduces the different relationships of inequality into which Europeans have coopted subaltern populations: territorial dispossession, enslavement, confinement, assimilation, and removal.

Charting the different modes of domination that engender specific regimes of race and the strategies of anti-colonial resistance they entail, the book powerfully argues for cross-racial solidarities that respect these historical differences.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781781689165
Publisher: Verso Books
Publication date: 04/05/2016
Pages: 306
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Patrick Wolfe is a writer and historian who lives and works in Wurundjeri country near Healesville, Australia. His books include Settler Colonialism and the Transformation of Anthropology. He has worked at universities in Australia and the United States and is currently in the History Programme at La Trobe University.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

1 In Whole and In Part: The Racialisation of Indigenous People in Australia 31

2 The Two Minds of the South: Race and Democracy in the United States 61

3 Not About the Jews: Antisemitism in Central Europe 85

4 Whoever Says Brazil Says Angola: Africans, Natives and Colour in Brazil 113

5 The Red Race on Our Borders: Dispossessing Indians, Making the United States 141

6 The Red Race in Our Bosom: Racialising Indians in the United States 173

7 Purchase by Other Means: Dispossessing the Natives in Palestine 203

8 New Jews for Old: Racialising the Jewish State 239

Conclusion: The Unfinished Business of Race 271

Acknowledgements 273

Select Bibliography 277

Index 285

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