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Sociology Colloquium, 2/9/2022

Frontiers: How Global Capitalism Creates Zones of Extreme Racial Violence

Dr. Samuel Cohn, Texas A&M University

Frontier Capitalism is drenched in blood. Most discussions of capitalism, social structure and race focus on the dynamics of settled areas. Recent work by Ecological Marxists suggests that capitalism is extremely dependent on its frontiers. The demographic, class and racial dynamics of wooded or mountainous frontiers are completely different from those of cities or of agricultural lowlands. The structural properties of frontiers promote extreme violence. The social dynamics of these conflicts promotes a racialization of interaction patterns. All of this is grounded in the intrinsic economics of the frontier and what capitalists and workers on the distant edges of capitalism do to survive. Examples come from nineteenth century Malaysia, Thailand and Texas.

February 9, 2022
Wednesday, 12–1:30pm
Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 927 8935 4137
Passcode: 531513

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