Himani Bannerji



Reflections on Class and Race: Building on Marx

This article addresses the ideological practice by Marxists and non-Marxists of dissociating “race,” class, and gender. To theorize this problem, Bannerji returns to Karl Marx’ formulation of “the social,” the ontological or the existential, in different terms or concepts. This is done to frame “race” as no more or less than an active social organization, a constellation of practices motivated, consciously and unconsciously, by political or power imperatives with implied cultural forms–images, symbols, metaphors, and norms that range from the quotidian to the institutional.

“race,” class, gender, Marxism, liberalism, political organizing

Citation: Social Justice Vol. 32, No. 4 (2005): 144-160