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Traces of History by Patrick Wolfe

Traces of History

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Traces of History by Patrick Wolfe
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Apr 05, 2016 | ISBN 9781781689165

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“‘Race is a social construct.’ Sure, but what does that mean? Patrick Wolfe, preeminent scholar of settler colonial studies, tackles this question with theoretical sophistication and vivid historical detail. Spanning four continents and four centuries, Wolfe reveals the operations of race-making in specific historical processes, in the always contingent struggles over land, labor, culture, and power. A magnificent work of erudition and elucidation, Traces of History will change how we talk about the ‘social construction of race.’”
—Robin D. G. Kelley, UCLA, author of Africa Speaks, America Answers

“Wolfe brilliantly historicises a comprehensive and global thesis, concluding that racism is not here to stay. An original and essential text.”
—Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, author of An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States

“A unique tour de force. This powerful journey into the past, covering Australia, North America, Brazil, Europe and Palestine, will leave you convinced that racism can be defeated, but its elusive and cynical human attitude has still to be acknowledged and confronted. No other book will help you do this better.”
—Ilan Pappe, University of Exeter, author of The Idea of Israel

“Although racial conflict and racial injustice have shaped the modern history of the entire planet, there is little awareness of how pervasive the legacy of race and racism really is. Traces of History at long last provides a global, comparative text on race. Wolfe draws on a wide range of scholars to provide an accessible text on race and racism as worldwide phenomena. A deeply researched, long-overdue effort. Highly recommended for course adoption!”
—Howard Winant, University of California, Santa Barbara, author of Racial Formation in the United States

“As profound as it is unsettling.”
—Gershon Shafir, author of Land, Labor and the Origins of the Israeli–Palestinian Conflict

“Wolfe’s work directly addresses the questions ‘how are races constructed, under what circumstances, and in whose interests?’ A thorough reckoning with these questions in Traces of History powerfully suggests that if we understand how race was constructed in various contexts, then we can work to comprehensively dismantle those constructions to the benefit of a truly egalitarian society.”
—Steven Delmagori, Socialism and Democracy

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