Franco Barchiesi

Associate Professor in the Department of African American and African Studies, Ohio State University

Biography

2014-2015: Larry Donnell Andrews Fellowship

Liberal State Formation, Racialization, and Labor Regimes across the Atlantic, 1890s-1920s

Project Description

Liberal State Formation, Racialization, and Labor Regimes across the Atlantic, 1890s-1920s

This project is a comparative historical sociology of liberal governance as it underpinned the formation and consolidation, in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, of racialized state institutions and practices in former slave and newly colonized African-descended and African societies across the Atlantic world. Based on cases from the United States (Baltimore, Maryland), the Caribbean (Barbados), and South Africa (Witwatersrand), I will focus on how white governments used ideas of individual economic activity and work ethic to enable and justify, under pretenses of reform and modernization, the subjugation of black populations. My research will, finally, pay particular attention to transatlantic intellectual and political connections circulating ideas of racial subjection and opposition to oppressive labor regimes.

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