Race, capitalism, and metropolitan space under (late) neoliberalism II

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Day: 4/14/2018
Start / End Time: 10:00 AM / 11:40 AM (MDT)
Room: Estherwood, Sheraton, 4th Floor
Organizers: Coleman Allums, Guillaume Poiret, Taylor Hafley
Chairs: Scott Markley


Last year’s presidential election breathed new life into—and shined new light onto—one of the more contentious and protracted themes to occupy left political praxis and theory in the last century: Race? Or class? Decades of critical scholarship tell us that this polarized construction fails both to explain the contemporary world and to produce emancipatory political possibilities to fundamentally change it (See, e.g., Hall 1980, Robinson, 2000, Roediger, 2017). Nevertheless, the power of this particular duality remains seductive.

As scholars of the urban—and especially as geographers—we are called to consider these thorny, interrelated problems as they mark and are marked by the urban landscape. Yet the constellation of issues which the race/class binary responds to, is produced with, or otherwise engages is made all the more difficult to contend against or otherwise resolve as the hegemonies of racial neoliberalism (Goldberg, 2009) and neoliberal urbanism (Brenner & Theodore, 2002) have ossified in recent decades.

With the foregoing in mind, this session aims to interrogate the interconnections between race and class, capitalism and white supremacy as they are manifest in metropolitan space in the era of (late) neoliberalism. Explicitly rejecting the race/class binary in favor of intersectional and synthetic analysis, while also welcoming the particular challenges and possibilities of theorizing race and class (and contesting interstitial injustice) under neoliberalism, we invite participants to speak to the following themes:

• Racial and class struggles over sub/urban space
• Racial neoliberalism and economic development
• Race/class dimensions of housing finance or policy
• Economic and racial inequality under (late) neoliberalism
• Suburbanization of poverty and racial diversity (or segregation)
• Spaces of concentrated poverty and bounded blackness
• Commodification of diversity

Participants should submit abstracts to Coleman Allums (coleman.allums@uga.edu), Scott Markley (scott.markley@uga.edu), and Taylor Hafley (taylor.hafley@uga.edu) by the 20th of October. Notification of acceptance will be communicated to participants by the 22nd, and participants must be fully registered by the 25th.

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Theories: Race and Colonialism (1980), pp. 305-345.
Roediger, D. R. 2017. Class, Race, and Marxism. London: Verso.
Robinson, C. J. 2000. Black Marxism: The Making of the Black Radical Tradition. Chapel
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Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Coleman Allums*, University of Georgia, Urban secession and the neoliberal anti-politics of race and class: Notes from Atlanta 20 10:00 AM
Presenter Michelle Padley*, University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, Housing Policy and Racializing Assemblages: Unpacking Race and Class in the Urban Landscape Through Two Case Studies 20 10:20 AM
Presenter Steven Holloway*, University Of Georgia, Katherine Hankins, Georgia State University, Atlanta’s Suburban ‘Black Mecca’ and The Racialized Geography of Poverty 20 10:40 AM
Presenter Zachary Levenson*, University of California - Berkeley, Race, Class, and Immorality in a Land Occupation: Struggling to Stay Put in Neoliberal Cape Town 20 11:00 AM
Presenter Jared Austin*, The University of South Florida, Policing the Riverfront: Urban Revanchism as Sustainability 20 11:20 AM

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