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Making and Unmaking the Working Class

E. P. Thompson and the “New Labor History” in the United States

James R. Barrett

For both political and historiographical reasons, E. P. Thompson's The Making of the English Working Class had a great impact on the new radical US history at its moment of gestation. Thompson's Socialist Humanism appealed to younger radical historians seeking to break with both Cold War liberalism and a highly structuralist form of Marxism. His looser conception of class and his emphasis on culture shaped a new more flexible conception of class formation. Yet Thompson's interrogation of class analysis, and the racial and ethnic complexity of the process in the United States, encouraged an emphasis on “unmaking” in the American context. If we have deconstructed and greatly complicated the notions of class and class formation, this process started not with postmodern theory but rather with The Making. The experience of class, which resides at the center of the book, also draws our attention to the emotional dimension of class.

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On 20th Century Revolutionary Socialism, from Poland to Peru and beyond

Jean-Numa Ducange, Camila Vergara, Talat Ahmed, and Christian Høgsbjerg

anthology – which itself stands as a fine tribute to Darcus Howe – concludes with reflections on the ‘Legacies’ of Race Today by figures such as Gareth Pierce, David Roediger, Fred D'Aguiar and Leila Hassan. Christian Høgsbjerg University of Brighton

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Ceasing Fire and Seizing Time

LA Gang Tours and the White Control of Mobility

Sarah Sharma and Armonds R. Towns

(2010): 331–347. 4 See the work of David Roediger on whiteness and class, particularly The Wages of Whiteness , as it makes a further distinction between class mobility as it relates to whiteness. Roediger, The Wages of Whiteness: Race and the Making

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“Four Guys and a Hole in the Floor”

Racial Politics of Mobility and Excretion among BC-Based Long Haul Truckers

Amie McLean

,” Gender and Society 10 (1996): 527–549. 42 See Perry, On the Edge of Empire ; David Roediger, The Wages of Whiteness: Race and the Making of the American Working Class (New York: Verso, 1999). 43 Judith Plaskow, “Embodiment, Elimination, and the

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The politics of affect

Perspectives on the rise of the far-right and right-wing populism in the West

Sindre Bangstad, Bjørn Enge Bertelsen, and Heiko Henkel

, for which he has been accused of ignoring class in favor of “race.” With David Roediger (2017) , we conceive of “race” and class as being co-imbricated and mutually constitutive. It is in this context of course important to note the very different

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A White Race Blindness?

Abstract Universalism and the Unspeakable Making of Race

Sarah Mazouz

); David Roediger, The Waves of Whiteness: Race and the Making of the American Working Class (1991; repr. London: Verso, 2007); and “Whiteness and Race,” in Oxford Handbook of American Immigration and Ethnicity , ed. Ronald H. Bayor (New York: Oxford

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Introduction

A White Republic? Whites and Whiteness in France

Mathilde Cohen and Sarah Mazouz

: 10.1093/screen/29.4.44 ; Peggy McIntosh, “White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack,” Peace & Freedom Magazine , July–August 1989, 10–12; David Roediger, The Wages of Whiteness (New York: Verso, 1990); Toni Morrison, Playing in the Dark