Racialization

a defense of the concept

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Abstract

This paper defends the concept of racialization against its critics. As the concept has become increasingly popular, questions about its meaning and value have been raised, and a backlash against its use has occurred. I argue that when “racialization” is properly understood, criticisms of the concept are unsuccessful. I defend a definition of racialization and identify its companion concept, “racialized group.” Racialization is often used as a synonym for “racial formation.” I argue that this is a mistake. Racial formation theory is committed to racial ontology, but racialization is best understood as the process through which racialized – rather than racial – groups are formed. “Racialization” plays a unique role in the conceptual landscape, and it is a key concept for race eliminativists and anti-realists about race.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1245-1262
Number of pages18
JournalEthnic and Racial Studies
Volume42
Issue number8
Early online date17 Oct 2018
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 11 Jun 2019

Keywords

  • race
  • racialization
  • racial formation
  • racism
  • racialized group
  • social constructionism about race

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