Class schedule

If you are following the Understanding Race course from outside WSU, please note the following schedule and readings:

Week 2: Concepts & Debates (intro to where I get central structuring ideas from)

Main texts:

Alana Lentin. 2018. ‘Race/ in W. Outhwaite and S. Turner (eds.), William Outhwaite amd Stephen Turner (eds). The Sage Handbook of Political Sociology.

Alana Lentin. 2015.’What Does race Do?’, Ethnic and Racial Studies. 38(8): 1401–1406.

Ways in:

Alana Lentin. 2008. Chapter 1. Racism, A Beginner’s Guide. Oxford; Oneworld.


Jose Munoz. 2006. ‘Feeling Brown, Feeling Down: Latina Affect, the Performativity of Race, and the Depressive Position’, Signs 31(3): 675-688.

Clarence C. Gravlee, 2009. ‘How Race Becomes Biology: Embodiment ofSocial Inequality,American Journal of Physical Anthropology: 139:47–57.

Week 3: Race the floating signifier (Stuart Hall)

Main texts:

Introduction and Chapter 1, ‘Race-the Sliding Signifier’ of Stuart Hall. 2017. The Fateful Triangle: Race, Ethnicity, Nation. Harvard: Harvard UP.

Appiah, Anthony. 1985. ‘The Uncompleted Argument: Du Bois and the Illusion of Race,’ Critical Inquiry 12(1): 21-37.

Ways in:

Alana Lentin. 2008. Chapter 2, Racism, A Beginner’s Guide. Oxford: OneWorld.


W.E.B. Du Bois. 1940. Dusk of Dawn. An Essay Toward an Autobiography of a Race Concept. Oxford: Oxford UP. 

Les Back and Maggie Tate. 2014. ‘Telling About Racism: W.E.B. Du Bois, Stuart Hall and Sociology’s Reconstruction,’ in Alana Lentin and Wulf D. Hund (eds). Racism and Sociology. Berlin: Lit Verlag. 

Week 4: Race & Culture

Main text:

Chapter 2 – ‘Ethnicity and Difference in Global Times’, in Stuart Hall, The Fateful Triangle. Harvard: Harvard UP.

Glenn Coulthard. 2014. Chapter 1, ‘The Politics of Recognition in Colonial Contexts,’ Red Skin, White Masks: Rejecting the Colonial Politics of Recognition. University of Minnesota Press. 

Ways in:

Alana Lentin. ‘Replacing ‘race’, historicizing ‘culture’ in multiculturalism’, Patterns of Prejudice 39(4): 379-396.


Etienne Balibar. 1991. ‘Is There a Neoracism?’ Race, Nation, Class: Ambiguous Identities. London: Verso.

Robert J.C. Young. 1004. Colonial Desire: Hybridity in Theory, Culture and Race. London: Routledge.

Podcast: Ann Laura Stoler, ‘The Colonial Administration of Bodies and Space’

Week 5: Methodologies

Main text:

Linda Tuhiwai Smith. 2012. ‘Chapter 10: Towards Developing Indigenous Methodologies: Kaupapa Maori Research’, in Decolonizing Methodologies (2nd ed.). London: Zed Books.

Patricia Hill Collins. 2015. ‘No guarantees: Symposium on Black Feminist Thought’, Ethnic and Racial Studies, Vol. 38, No. 13, 2349–2354.

Ways in:

Eduardo Bonilla-Silva and Tukufu Zuberi. 2008. ‘Introduction: Towards a Definition of White Logic and White Methods’, in White Logic, White Methods. London: Rowman and Littlefield.


Aileen Moreton-Robinson. 2015. Introduction to Critical Indigenous Studies: Engagements in First World Locations. University of Arizona Press.

David T. Goldberg. 2015. ‘Racial Comparisons, Relational racisms: Some thoughts on method’, in Karim Murji and  John Solomos (eds.), Theories of Race and Ethnicity: Contemporary Debates and Perspectives. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 251-262.

Nelson Maldonado-Torres. 2010. ‘The time and space of race: reflections on David Theo Goldberg’s interrelational and comparative methodology’, Patterns of Prejudice, Vol. 44, No. 1.

Symposium on ‘Patricia Hill Collins Black Feminist Thought’, Ethnic and Racial Studies 38(13), 2015.

Alana Lentin. 2014. ‘Postracial Silences: The Othering of Race in Europe’, in Wulf D. Hund and Alana Lentin, Racism and Sociology. Berlin: Lit Verlag. 


Weeks 6-12 topics have been decided as follows. We will be focusing on one topic and main book over two weeks:

Weeks 6 & 7: Coloniality and Property, reading Brenna Bhandar’s Colonial Lives of Property: Law, Land and Racial Regimes of Ownership.

Supplementary texts:

Aileen Moreton-Robinson. 2015. The White Possessive: Property, Power, and Indigenous Sovereignty. University of Minnesota Press.

Cheryl Harris. 1993. ‘Whiteness as Property‘ Harvard Law Review 106(8): 1707-1791.

Irene Watson. 2002. ‘Buried Alive,’ Law and Critique 13: 253–269, 2002.

Sarah Keenan. ‘Smoke, Curtains and Mirrors: The Production of Race Through Time and Title Registration,’ Law Critique  28:87–108

K-Sue Park. 2016. ‘Money, Mortgages, and the Conquest of America,’ Law & Social Inquiry.

Patrick Wolfe. 2016. Traces oh History. London: Verso.

Weeks 8 & 10 (mid-semester break is week 9): Gender and Islamophobia, reading Sara Farris’ In the Name of Women’s Rights.

Weeks 11 & 12: Race and the Digital, reading Safiya Noble’s Algorithms of Oppression.

Additional readings to be added.


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