History, agency and the representation of ‘race’ – an introduction

Catherine Bergin, Anita Rupprecht

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This article argues that the complex interactions of history, race, agency, memory and trauma are both essential to, and negated by, contemporary dominant understandings of racism in the US and Europe. Both the lethal racist policing of black communities in the US and the fanatical racist policing of national borders by the EU are richly and disturbingly redolent of the violent raced labour practices which have authorised capitalist modernity.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3-17
Number of pages15
JournalRace & Class
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2016

Bibliographical note

Cathy Bergin, Anita Rupprecht, History, agency and the representation of ‘race’ – an introduction, Race & Class (57:3) pp. 3-17. Copyright © 2016 (The authors). Reprinted by permission of SAGE Publications.


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  • Ark of Return
  • Baltimore
  • Benjamin Lundy
  • Black Lives Matter
  • globalisation
  • memorialisation
  • Middle Passage
  • reparations
  • reparative history
  • ‘refugee crisis’
  • slavery
  • slave trade


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