Book Review: David Roediger. Class, Race, and Marxism. Brooklyn and London: Verso Books, 2018.
Journal Title:NETSOL: New Trends in Social and Liberal Sciences
David Roediger is a Professor of American Studies and History at the University of Kansas. A Marxist and Labor historian, his writings have impacted the way study of what the late scholar Cedric Robinson termed “racial capitalism.” David Roediger’s recent publication Class, Race, and Marxism is an urgent contribution to this historiography and an essential read for scholars and activists alike. In Class, Race, and Marxism Roediger aims to redirect activists and scholars from the false dichotomy of the “race or class” debate that has reemerged in the wake of the Ferguson Uprising. The study is separated into two parts. In the first part, Roediger examines the ways historians have come to write about race and class. Part two of the text reaches into the past to deliver a relational history of race, class, and also gender using an intersectional analysis to explain the ways I which racial formations have informed the logic of capital.