Liberalism and racism: an ‘elective affinity’?

Joppke, Christian Georg (2015). Liberalism and racism: an ‘elective affinity’? Ethnic and racial studies, 38(8), pp. 1298-1304. Routledge & Kegan Paul 10.1080/01419870.2015.1016072

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This appraisal of David Scott FitzGerald and David Cook-Martín's Culling the Masses: The Democratic Origins of Racist Immigration Policy in the Americas argues that there is no ‘elective affinity’ between liberalism and racism, which is the core argument of the book. The notion of ‘elective affinity’, which the authors borrow from Max Weber, requires a structural homology between the ‘electively’ related elements that just does not exist in this case. The relationship between both is entirely contingent, ‘racism’ being a doctrine of inter-group relations while ‘liberalism’ is a doctrine of intra-group relations, with no consideration of how the boundaries of the group are constituted.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

03 Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences > Social Sciences > Institute of Sociology

UniBE Contributor:

Joppke, Christian Georg

Subjects:

300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 320 Political science

ISSN:

0141-9870

Publisher:

Routledge & Kegan Paul

Language:

English

Submitter:

Michalina Zofia Preisner

Date Deposited:

09 Jun 2016 13:56

Last Modified:

11 Sep 2017 21:14

Publisher DOI:

10.1080/01419870.2015.1016072

Additional Information:

Special Issue: Ethnic and Racial Studies Review

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.81326

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/81326

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