Resisting Racial Capitalism
An Antipolitical Theory of Refusal
Author(s): Ida Danewid
Publication Date: 30/11/23
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What does freedom mean without, and despite, the state? Ida Danewid argues that state power is central to racial capitalism's violent regimes of extraction and accumulation. Tracing the global histories of four technologies of state violence: policing, bordering, wastelanding, and reproductive control, she excavates an antipolitical archive of anarchism that stretches from the favelas of Rio de Janeiro to the borderlands of Europe, the poisoned landscape of Ogoniland, and the queer lifeworlds of Delhi. Thinking with a rich set of scholars, organisers, and otherworldy dreamers, Danewid theorises these modes of refusal as a utopian worldmaking project which seeks not just better ways of being governed, but an end to governance in its entirety. In a time where the state remains hegemonic across the Left–Right political spectrum, Resisting Racial Capitalism calls on us to dream bolder and better in order to (un)build the world anew.
- Develops a novel theory of the role of state power in the making of global racial capitalism, demonstrating why attempts to reform the state reproduce the violence they purport to confront
- Excavates a global antipolitical tradition that refuses to reduce freedom to a question of how we shall be governed and ruled, placing black radicalism and anticolonial theory in conversation with anarchism
- Brings together local critiques of policing, bordering, colonial extraction, and sexual violence into a unified and global framework with examples from around the world, including Rio de Janeiro, Ogoniland, Delhi, and the borderlands of Europe