The wages of whiteness in the absence of wages: racial capitalism, reactionary intercommunalism and the rise of Trumpism

Narayan, John (2017) The wages of whiteness in the absence of wages: racial capitalism, reactionary intercommunalism and the rise of Trumpism. Third World Quarterly, 38 (11). pp. 2482-2500. ISSN 0143-6597

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Abstract

In November 1970, Black Panther Party leader Huey P. Newton gave a lecture at Boston College where he introduced his theory of intercommunalism. Newton re-articulated Marxist theories of imperialism through the lens of the Black liberation struggle and argued that imperialism had entered a new phase called ‘reactionary intercommunalism’. Newton’s theory of intercommunalism o ers nothing less than a proto-theorisation of what we have come to call neo-liberal globalisation and its e ects on what W. E. B. Du Bois had seen as the racialisation of modern imperialism. Due to the initial historical dismissal of the Black Panther Party’s political legacy, Newton’s thought has largely been neglected for the past 40 years. This paper revisits Newton’s theory of intercommunalism, with the aim of achieving some form of epistemic justice for his thought, but also to highlight how Newton’s recasting of imperialism as reactionary intercommunalism provides critical insight into the rise of Trumpism in the US.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: L300 Sociology
Divisions: Faculty of Business, Law and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences > Dept. Criminology and Sociology
Depositing User: John Narayan
Date Deposited: 15 Nov 2017 14:54
Last Modified: 20 Nov 2017 09:08
URI: http://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/5298

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