Is race political?

Debra Thompson*

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This article demonstrates that though the political nature of race is evident and constitutes an important area of research, there is a dearth of literature on race in English Canadian political science particularly as compared to other social sciences. The article provides explanations for this disciplinary silence, including methodological fuzziness, dominant elite-focused and colour-blind approaches to the study of politics, and the prevalence of ideas and foci about the nature of Canadian politics. In order to avoid the danger of disciplinary lag, it concludes with several ways of addressing this disparity between the political science and the society it purports to analyze.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)525-547
Number of pages23
JournalCanadian Journal of Political Science
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science


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