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New Article 'Beyond Race?' published in Comparative Migration Studies

Updated: Feb 17, 2022

'Beyond race?', with Sawitri Saharso, lead article to a commentary series with the same name, Comparative Migration Studies 10(4):1-14. DOI:


While at the moment the world seems to be divided along racial lines and ‘race’ appears to be a central axe of social inclusion and exclusion, in this article we ask whether it is thinkable to go ‘beyond race’. We want to explore the idea of going ‘beyond race’ in four different ways: (1) ‘Beyond race’ as a demographic reality when people of mixed origin form the majority of population; (2) ‘Beyond race’ in regard to policies that aim at combatting inequalities also along color lines, yet are no longer dependent on a notion of race. (3) ‘Beyond race’ in terms of political mobilizations, e.g. the possibility or desirability of anti-racist movements not grounded in identity politics and (4) ‘Beyond race’ as a conceptualization of race that is decoupling biology and cul- ture, or even to stop thinking in racial categories altogether, yet without de-politicizing any marginalised group’s, history and experience. We are aware that this questioning of race, and by implication of ethnicity, may be a typical hang-up of two authors based in Europe. We have invited authors from different parts of the world, and with differ- ent academic backgrounds to reflect in a commentary on the issues we raise and to explain their position.

Keywords: Race, Mixed race, Affirmative action, Identity politics, Transracialism, Critical post-racialism

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