Race, Ethnicity, and Technologies of Belonging

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review


This essay explores how academics know when they are looking at something called "race." Given that the term has an uneven history, there is some disagreement about when the concept fully emerged, and social scientists often now argue that race is implicitly at issue in public discourses, even if it does not appear overtly. I argue that there are significant continuities that allow us to recognize when race is at work; these are linked to "nature" and to colonial histories and categories. This is not a static definition, because nature and colonially derived categories themselves change over time and take on new forms. © The Author(s) 2013.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)587-596
Number of pages9
JournalScience Technology and Human Values
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2014


  • cultures and ethnicities
  • governance
  • inequality
  • justice
  • politics
  • power
  • protest


Dive into the research topics of 'Race, Ethnicity, and Technologies of Belonging'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this