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A series of podcasts created by Goldsmiths University of London.

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Managing Race: From the Wages of Whiteness to the Production of Difference

Elizabeth Esch

The persistence of racism in structuring life possibilities across the globe and in offering ideological explanations for those structures is a pressing concern of activists and intellectuals. Yet while broad agreement that “race matters” may exist there is little in the way of agreement about how and why race happens – why it came into being historically, how it continues, who benefits from it and how it should be challenged. In their recent work The Production of Difference: Race and the Management of Labor in US History, David Roediger and Elizabeth Esch offer an examination of race as pursued and promoted through managerial practice and thought in multiple labor systems and industries. They show how the racial category “white” came to be linked to managerial supremacy in the contexts of colonial settlement, slavery and industrial production. The study builds on and enhances previous studies of race and work that have sought to take seriously the problem of working class racism. In considering the claim advanced by architects of transnational US capitalism that they possess a particularly acute ability to manage through race the authors offer a new entry point to examine the persistence of race in capitalism.

Sun, 30 Mar 14 2

Managing Race: From the Wages of Whiteness to the Production of Difference

David Roediger

The persistence of racism in structuring life possibilities across the globe and in offering ideological explanations for those structures is a pressing concern of activists and intellectuals. Yet while broad agreement that “race matters” may exist there is little in the way of agreement about how and why race happens – why it came into being historically, how it continues, who benefits from it and how it should be challenged. In their recent work The Production of Difference: Race and the Management of Labor in US History, David Roediger and Elizabeth Esch offer an examination of race as pursued and promoted through managerial practice and thought in multiple labor systems and industries. They show how the racial category “white” came to be linked to managerial supremacy in the contexts of colonial settlement, slavery and industrial production. The study builds on and enhances previous studies of race and work that have sought to take seriously the problem of working class racism. In considering the claim advanced by architects of transnational US capitalism that they possess a particularly acute ability to manage through race the authors offer a new entry point to examine the persistence of race in capitalism.

Sun, 30 Mar 14 2

You've got a text from: UKBA

Les Back

Les give an up date on his attempts to become a routine writer and describes the process of writing a new piece on the way UK Border Agency are using mobile mobile phones to seek track migrants who are 'overstayers'. He discusses how Twitter and the iPhone is used to uncover what UKBA is doing.

Fri, 11 Oct 13 0

Class in Britain: A Mini Lecture for A/AS Level Conference

Bev Skeggs

On Wednesday, 20 March 2013, the Sociology Department at Goldsmiths, University of London hosted an A/AS Level Conference This was a free event featuring lectures from Professor Les Back and Professor Bev Skeggs with accompanying small group study seminars for students. Goldsmiths sociology academic staff also offered workshops on current developments in sociological research for A/AS Level tutors attending the conference.

Wed, 20 Mar 13 0

Vikki Bell: Returning the Past: Argentina's 2011 ESMA Trial and Space of Memory

VIkki Bell

The past returns and is re-turned. That is, when its recall is requested by a present configuration, it is called back not in general but for present purposes, in order to settle questions and relations in the present. This paper discusses this process of returning the past within a criminal court, and contrasts the process of recall for legal ends with those of the tours that one can now make of the most infamous of Argentina's ex-centre of detention, the ESMA.

Wed, 06 Mar 13 0