Questioning “Race”

  title={Questioning “Race”},
  author={An{\'i}bal Quijano},
  journal={Socialism and Democracy},
  pages={45 - 53}
  • A. Quijano
  • Published 1 March 2007
  • Political Science
  • Socialism and Democracy
The idea of “race” is surely the most efficient instrument of social domination produced in the last 500 years. Dating from the very beginning of the formation of the Americas and of capitalism (at the turn of the 16th century), in the ensuing centuries it was imposed on the population of the whole planet as an aspect of European colonial domination. Imposed as the basic criterion for social classification of the entire world’s population, it was taken as the principal determinant of the world… 

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  • See also Henri Michel, Philosophie et phenomenologie: Le Corps
  • 1965

On the invention of the idea of “race” and its background, see Anı́bal Quijano: “‘Raza’, ‘etnia’, ‘nación’, cuestiones abiertas,

  • La Otra Cara del Descubrimiento (Lima: Ed. Amauta,
  • 1992