2022-2023 Pomona College Catalog 
    
    Feb 09, 2023  
2022-2023 Pomona College Catalog
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GWS070 PO - Racial Capitalism and Abolition Democracy

When Offered: Each fall.
Instructor(s): T. Ellison
This course offers students a rigorous introduction to racial capitalism, as a theory of change that is in dynamic tension with abolition and the struggle for an abolition democracy. Racial capitalism is a theoretical approach to understanding capitalist development that argues that capitalism is at the core a socialized mode of economic production. That means capitalism requires social relations and categories of difference to produce the value differences that result in profits. The racial in racial capitalism indexes how capitalism developed within the non-objective conditions of racial, ethnic, gendered, and sexed divisions that were crucial to the labor hierarchies of feudal Europe. This theory was innovated by Black Studies scholar Cedric Robinson thinking with W.E.B. Dubois, C.L.R. James and Frantz Fanon. ",,Area 3”



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