A self-described almost-finished politics student at Lancaster University raises an issue we should talk about more:
The difference between racism and race wars in Foucault.
Racism for example, happens when someone irrationally ‘hates’ someone of another ‘race’ and also discriminates against them, using what abilities they have (within their own personality) to disadvantage another. I dont see racism as such, or at least another sort of racism, in the disadvantagement of a group as a result of societies mechanisms.
Now reading Foucault, or at least an understanding of Foucault from my lectures I think I may have come to the understanding of that differentiation. This propsition is entitled ‘Racism’ and ‘Race War, as it is an idea of a subtle ‘Race War’ within sociatal biopolitics which allows for a differentiation.
(Wouldn’t like to mark this what with all the dodgy spelling!).
In any case here is the difference:
Indeed it would, but as you can control the best places to live, you can also control the best people. It is of control and knowledge of the individual that biopolitics shows it’s ugly underbelly. And here Racism is shown. Not the racism of hate, but the mechanisms of race without the discourse of racism. How would this work? And how is this any different from a singlar understanding of Racism?
Funnily enough I have not seen enough discussion on Foucault’s use of race, which is a specific and uncommon one. So this is nice to see.
Chris Philo has written the most sustained piece about this, to my knowledge.
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