What Is Antiracism? And Why It Means Anticapitalism

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    Arun Kundnani

    Publisher: Verso

    Year: 2023

    Format: Hardcover

    Size: 305 pages

    ISBN: 9781839762765

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A groundbreaking account of neoliberalism that puts race at the center of the story–the ideal follow up to Ibram X. Kendi's How to Be an Antiracist

What is "racial capitalism" and how do we overcome it? This sharp, slim, revelatory book argues that we misunderstand contemporary capitalism if we miss the centrality of racism to neoliberalism. From David Harvey to Wendy Brown, the leading scholars of neoliberalism's rise treat racism as an ornamental feature of recent capitalist politics—an ugly ornament, to be sure, but not one that is central to neoliberalism.

In crisp, accessible prose and via descriptions of some key moments of modern history in the US (like the Black Power movement) and the UK (like Enoch Powell’s introduction of neoliberal ideas in parliament), Arun Kundnani argues that this misapprehension of the role of race in neoliberalism contributes to the Left’s inability to build a successful movement connecting race and class.

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