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date: 27 November 2020

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Although Foucault did not undertake a genealogy of race or racism, his work contains fragments of such a genealogy and important conceptual resources for constructing one. In particular, his concepts of biopower and normalization can help us expose and analyze how race shifted in meaning from lineage (in the seventeenth century) to morphology (in the eighteenth century) and then to biology, and thus how racist beliefs, attitudes, and practices emerged, developed, and adapted. The history of scientific racism and the eugenics movement still informs institutions and practices of discrimination against, and oppression of, racialized groups.

Keywords: Foucault, biopower, genealogy, normalization, scientific racism

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