Racial Capitalism, Settler Colonialism, and the City I: Planning/Development

Type: Paper
Sponsor Groups: Urban Geography Specialty Group, Black Geographies Specialty Group, Socialist and Critical Geography Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/6/2020
Start / End Time: 11:10 AM / 12:25 PM
Room: Grand Ballroom 2, Sheraton, IM Pei Tower, Second Floor Level
Organizers: Nathan McClintock, Anne Bonds, Ted Rutland
Chairs: Nathan McClintock


Geographers are increasingly turning their attention to the analytic frameworks of racial capitalism and settler colonialism to examine the foundational and ongoing centrality of racial differentiation within the matrix of colonization, capitalist accumulation, and socio-spatial struggle. Understanding settler geographies as racialized and gendered spaces produced through such processes of accumulation, differentiation, violence, and struggle demands engagement with the specificities of settler colonialism and distinct, yet intertwined forms of racism, including anti-Blackness and anti-Indigeneity (James 1989, Robinson 2000, Byrd 2011, Coulthard 2014, Lowe 2015, Melamed 2015, Bonds & Inwood 2016, Day 2016, Kelley 2017, Pulido 2017, Pulido 2018, Bledsoe et al. 2019, King 2019).

A significant portion of this scholarship focuses particularly urban space and urban processes, including research grounded in the Black Radical Tradition (Du Bois, Robinson 2000, Woods 2017, Brand 2018, Pulido & De Lara 2018); scholarship on setter colonial cities (Blomley 2003, Edmonds 2010, Hugill 2017, Toews 2018, Blatman-Thomas & Porter 2019, Dorries et al 2019); studies interrogating the intersections of planning, property, and race (Roy 2017, Rutland 2018, Bonds 2018, Knapp 2018); scholarship on anti-Blackness and carcerality (Gilmore 2007; McKittrick 2011; Shabazz 2015; Camp 2016; Loyd & Bonds 2018; Story 2019); examinations of race/colonialism and gentrification (Safransky 2014, Coulthard 2014, Ramirez 2019, McClintock 2018); and research on racialized urban ecologies (Heynen 2016, Ranganathan 2016, Simpson & Bagelman 2018, McCreary & Milligan 2019).

This work nevertheless remains nascent. Future work, in addition to addressing further aspects of the race/urban matrix, needs to consider the concern that settler colonial studies can de-center Black and Indigenous knowledge (Sexton 2014, de Luew and Hunt 2018, King 2019, Daigle & Ramírez 2019, Bledsoe & Wright 2019), including a longer trajectory of work by Indigenous, Black, and other scholars of color that has not always used the terms racial capitalism or settler colonialism.

With an interest in building on discussions at recent meetings of the AAG and contributing to these conversations in the literature, our goal with these sessions is to push forward our understanding of the relationship between racial capitalism, settler colonialism, and the city.


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Anna Livia Brand*, University of California, Berkeley, Settler Futures: Colonizing the Image in Representations of Future Urban Landscapes 15 11:10 AM
Presenter Gail Hollander*, Florida International University, Botanical Exploration and Racial Capitalism in the United States Tropical Empire 15 11:25 AM
Presenter Yui Hashimoto*, Dartmouth College, Racing the creative class: Diversity, racialized discourses of work, and colorblind redevelopment 15 11:40 AM
Presenter Lydia Pelot-Hobbs*, New York University, Policing Race and Space in the New Orleans Tourism Economy 15 11:55 AM
Discussant Rachel Brahinsky University of San Francisco 10 12:10 PM

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