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Friday, September 29, 2017

The Primacy of Politics? A Crooked Timber Seminar on Sheri Berman’s New Book

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...we've put together a seminar on Sheri Berman's new book, The
Primacy of Politics: Social Democracy and the Making of Europe's Twentieth Century .

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Germany’s Crisis of Complacency by Helmut K. Anheier - Project Syndicate

Germany’s Crisis of Complacency by Helmut K. Anheier - Project Syndicate

Over the past decade, Germany has gone from being the “sick man of Europe” to a bastion of stability. But with German Chancellor Angela Merkel poised to gain a fourth term, it is worth asking if too much stability can be a bad thing.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Replacing Race: Interactive Constructionism about Racialized Groups

Replacing Race: Interactive Constructionism about Racialized Groups



Abstract

In this paper I defend anti-realism about race and a new theory of racialization. I argue that there are no races, only racialized groups. Many social constructionists about race have adopted racial formation theory to explain how ‘races’ are formed. However, anti-realists about race cannot adopt racial formation theory, because it assumes the reality of race. I introduce interactive constructionism about racialized groups as a theory of racialization for anti-realists about race. Interactive constructionism moves the discussion away from the dichotomous (social vs. biological) metaphysics that has marred this debate, and posits that racialized groups are the joint products of a broad range of non-racial factors, which interact.