Fragment from 2013

…The concept of raza is thus not a merely a particular system of classification, but a racial order in which culture and cultural identity have an important role and the meaning of color varies. It is nonetheless administered by the state as racial, and despite its flexibility as a category, it remains inflected with questions … More Fragment from 2013

Imaginaires du néoliberalisme

L’imaginaire néolibéral se révèle comme un dispositif de production de peur et de généralisation de l’impuissance, voué à corseter les imaginaires au prétexte de l’absence d’alternative. On y observe une métamorphose de la violence du régime d’accumulation, présentée comme inévitable, absolue, et dépolitisée. Il s’appuie sur une spacialisation et une culturalisation des rapports sociaux. Qu’il … More Imaginaires du néoliberalisme

Mais, find this article or book

Scholars of Latin American and Caribbean history have recently given a great deal of thought to both “race-making” and “nation-building.” [End Page 331] Many embrace the premise that race is a historical construct—a product of interactions among state policy, individual actions, and local politics—and elaborate compelling analyses of the racial dynamics on that basis. At … More Mais, find this article or book

Summer reading

Avant-garde antidiets and futurist cooking. I want to own this book but it is very expensive; I can get it at LSU or Tulane. I need it for possible future work on Oswald. Guide for the Mexican migrant. Rethinking the Spanish Empire through its archives. Taming PARES, or how to actually use the Spanish Archives … More Summer reading

Sarmiento encore

Savage and barbarian were, I am told (and must find out), categories in nineteenth century international law. Friend: There is a stunning passage in Foucault’s book Society Must be Defended (1975-76) that compares the figure of the “savage” with that of the “barbarian” as these emerged in 17thc. historical writing in France. His description of … More Sarmiento encore