'Racism', intersectionality and migration studies: framing some theoretical reflections

Grosfoguel, Ramon, Oso, Laura and Christou, Anastasia ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8796-1191 (2015) 'Racism', intersectionality and migration studies: framing some theoretical reflections. Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power, 22 (6) . pp. 635-652. ISSN 1070-289X [Article] (doi:10.1080/1070289X.2014.950974)


The concept of ‘racism’ has faced many difficulties in migration studies. Depending on definitions, islamophobia is a form either of religious discrimination or of racism. The same is true in contemporary debates in Europe about xenophobia against immigrants from the Global South. This article provides an alternative way of thinking about racism and its relationship with questions of intersectionality and discusses the relationship of these issues to migration theory. In the first part, we discuss intersectionality in relation to Fanon’s definition of racism. Then, we establish a dialogue between the work of de Sousa Santos and Fanon that could enrich our understanding of intersectionality in the framework of modernity and the capitalist/imperial/patriarchal/racial colonial world-system. Finally, we analyse this discussion’s implications for migration theory, highlighting how migration studies tend to reproduce a northern-centric social science view of the world that comes from the experience of others in the zone of being.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Published online: 08 Sep 2014
Research Areas: A. > School of Law > Criminology and Sociology
Item ID: 15176
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Depositing User: Anastasia Christou
Date Deposited: 23 Apr 2015 10:09
Last Modified: 11 Oct 2019 11:28
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/15176

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