Through, against and beyond the racial state: The transnational stratum of race

Debra Thompson*

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Though race is most commonly associated with domestic politics, the concept itself was born in the transnational realm. This article conceptualizes race as a system of global power relations that has changed over time, manifests differently across space and exists on multiple analytical levels. Drawing from the insights of international relations, comparative politics and critical race theory, it argues that race is a transnational norm or idea that can independently affect both domestic policy outcomes and international relations among nation-states. The article explores several promising avenues of research in the examination of the varied manifestations of race in international and domestic realms and ends with a brief discussion of continuing challenges and future research agendas in the comparative and international study of race.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)133-151
Number of pages19
JournalCambridge Review of International Affairs
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Political Science and International Relations


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