From race war to socialist racism: Foucault's second transcription

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Since the publication of Michel Foucault's lectures at the Collége de France, his position on race and racism has received much attention. The focus of discussion has largely been on his genealogy of biological racism as a feature of modern biopolitics. His account of social racism, by contrast, remains largely unexamined. Thus, the aim of this paper is to reconstruct and substantiate Foucault's cursory remarks of the transcription of the historical discourse of race war into social racism. After contextualizing Foucault's discussion of racism and outlining his account of two transcriptions undergone by the discourse of race war into biological and social racism in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, I draw on the writings of the social revolutionary Lev Tikhomirov as well as Peter Holquist's analysis of Soviet state violence as a technique of population management to give some substance to Foucault's rather vague outline of a possible genealogy of social racism.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)134-152
Number of pages19
JournalFoucault Studies
Issue number22
StatePublished - Jan 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • Foucault
  • Genealogy
  • Race war
  • Russia
  • Social racism
  • Soviet state racism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Philosophy


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