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The Existence of the Mixed Race Damnés

Decolonialism, Class, Gender, Race

By Daphne V. Taylor-Garcia

2 Reviews

This book explains the racial construction of mixed-race Latinxs in the Americas, centring an intersectional analysis in the theory of coloniality. It explores the first person experience with an analysis of semiotic structures and connects theory and history to action.

Hardback ISBN: 9781786606150 Release date: Jun 2018
£80.00 €112.00 $120.00
Ebook ISBN: 9781786606167 Release date: Jun 2018
£24.95 €34.95 $38.00
Paperback ISBN: 9781786614568 Release date: Nov 2019
£24.95 €34.95 $39.95

Series: Global Critical Caribbean Thought

Pages: 158


The Existence of the Mixed Race Damnés is an interdisciplinary and intersectional study of the mixed-race subject in the Americas and the rise of oppositional consciousness with a consideration of not only race, but also colonialism. Daphne V. Taylor-Garcia examines the construction of race, gender, and class in coming to an oppositional consciousness as a Spanish colonial subject in the Americas. Spanning the early foundations of knowledge production about colonial/racial subjects and connecting to contemporary debates on Latinxs and racialization, the book takes up the terms through which first-person perceptions of precarity and class, mixed-race existence, and gendered power relations are constructed. The Existence of the Mixed Race Damnés ends with a response to the current scepticism towards organizing as people of color through a decolonial redefinition of the damnés that centers a critique of anti-black racism and colonial relations.

Introduction / 1. The Spatiality of the Damnés / 2. Visible Race and the Legacy of the Sistema de Castas / 3. The Semiotics of Gender in Colonial/Renaissance Knowledge Production / 4. Taking Action as the Damnés / Conclusion / Bibliography / Index

Daphne V. Taylor-Garcia is an Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies at the University of California, San Diego.

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2 Reviews

This book is an important interdisciplinary study of the mixed-race subject in the Americas. It draws inspiration from Fanon to Vest and examines widely; from the politics of low-income housing projects, to visual and narrative foundational discourses on colonial subjects, to the lived legacy of these semiotic structures. The writing is bracing, seeking continually to further the decolonial project by stressing the transnational.

Elisa Sampson Vera Tudela, Senior Lecturer, Department of Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies, King's College London

This is a major contribution to the development of decolonial thought. Taylor-Garcia shows that mixing is not a triumph of moral anti-racism, as it is sometimes portrayed, but the result of forced collisions and migrations. Given this, decolonial projects must begin to operate more fully as relational projects that connect multiple domains. Brilliant.

Linda Martin Alcoff, Professor of Philosophy, Political Science, and Women's Studies, Syracuse University

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