This panel explores the theme of racial inequality in the contemporary global order. It is particularly interested in the extent to which we live in a world characterised by "global apartheid": how useful is this as a way of conceptualising global inequality today - both empirically and politically?
This panel invites papers that address the theme of racial inequality in the contemporary global order. Since the 1970s, the concept of "global apartheid" has informed much research and activism on this theme, based upon the claim that inequality on a global scale is structured around a colonial axis and what Howard Winant referred to as "a centuries-old pattern of white supremacy". However, a number of scholars have begun to question the continued relevance of this global apartheid model, particularly in the wake of recent global political, economic and cultural changes (eg Dunaway and Clelland, 2017). In addition to papers that examine the theme of global racial or ethnic inequality more broadly, this panel is therefore particularly interested in papers that address the following kinds of questions: to what extent do we continue to live in a world characterised by a form of "global apartheid"? How useful is this phrase (and was it ever useful) as a way of conceptualising global inequality - both empirically and politically? In the context of the DSA annual conference, the panel is also interested in papers that explore the role that the policy and practice of international development can play in upholding and/or challenging contemporary patterns of racial inequality at a global level. Papers from this panel will be part of a journal special issue proposal on the theme of contemporary global racial inequality.