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From Race to Class Struggle: Re-Problematizing Critical Race Theory

By Jr. E San Juan


The misconstrual of class as a theoretical and analytic concept for defining group or individual identity has led, especially during the Cold War period, to its confusion with status, life-style, and other ideological contingencies. This has vitiated the innovative attempt of CRT to link racism and class oppression. We need to reinstate the Marxist category of class derived from the social division of labor that generates antagonistic class relations. Class conflict becomes the key to grasping the totality of social relations of production, as well as the metabolic process of social reproduction in which racism finds its effectivity. This will help us clarify the changing modes of racist practices, especially in global market operations where immigrant female labor plays a decisive role. This Essay uses the example of Filipina domestics as a global social class actualized in its specific historical particularity as gendered, neocolonized subjects of capital accumulation. CRT can be renewed by adopting class struggle as the means of resolving racial injustice through radical structural transformation

Topics: Identity, Class, Race and law, Critical race theory, Class conflict, Racism, Filipinos, Migrant labor, Labor and Employment Law, Law and Race, Law and Society, Public Law and Legal Theory
Publisher: University of Michigan Law School Scholarship Repository
Year: 2005
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