The Threat of Race

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Tuesday October 14, 2008

Enduring Occupations (On Racial Neoliberalism)

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With neoliberalism, I have been suggesting, race is purged from the explicit lexicon of public administrative arrangements and their assessment while remaining robust and unaddressed in the private realm. Neoliberalism, as I elaborated most explicitly in the case of post-apartheid South Africa, sought expression as racial secularization. Race faded into the very structures, embedded in the architecture, of neoliberal sociality, in its logics and social relations. Race lost its social sacrality while retaining its personal cache and privatized resonance, even in the public sphere.

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