chapter  5
Racism and class relations
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We have discussed racialisation and racism as representational phenomena in the previous chapter. We now move to discuss their determination and effects in the wider context of economic and political relations. In this chapter, we confront the interrelation between racialisation and racism and the historical development of capitalism as a mode of production within a developing world economic system. We undertake this task against the background of a history of economistic analysis (with a strong tendency to present racism as ‘functional’ to capitalist development in general) that has largely given way to a cultural analysis that neglects the economic basis of capitalism and social relations of inequality.