Robinson - PrefaceWhat does Marx think is the role of theproletariat in history?What is Robinson saying about Marxs scientificlogic - what does it leave out?What does the Black Radical Traditioncontribute?What does univeralism mean?
Racial CapitalismRacialism - "the legitimation and corroborationof social organization as natural by reference tothe racial components of its elements" (page2).So what is racial capitalism according toRobinson?
Race as EpistemologyEpistemology - a way of knowingSo what does it mean for race to be anepistemology?(page xxxi)
NationalismWhat did we discuss regarding "nationalism" inrelation to the French Revolution?What is Robinson adding to our understanding?And what does this have to do with therelationships between the proletariat, thebourgeoisie, and socialist revolution?(pages 2-4)
Epistemological Limits of Marxism"Marxism, the dominant form that the critique ofcapitalism has assumed in Western thought,incorporated theoretical and ideologicalweaknesses that stemmed from the samesocial forces that provided the bases ofcapitalist formation" (page 10).
European Formation & BourgeoisieWhat is he trying to show us?What does it have to do with theories ofevolution??(page 19)
MercantalismGovernment control of foreign tradeSo, international system of competition
Absolutist State & War"The Absolutist State was a cause and effect ofwar. Its economy was a war economy, itsforeign trade was combative, its bureacracyadministered the preparations and prosecutionsof war."What does this mean? And who were thearmies of the Absolutist State?(pages 22-23)
The Nation and the State"We begin to perceive that the nation is not aunit of analysis for the social history of Europe.The state is a bureaucratic structure, and thenation for which it administers is more aconvenient construct than the historical, racial,cultural, and linguistic entity that the termnation signifies" (page 24).
HerrenvolkWhat does this term mean?And what does it have to do with Robinsonsargument that the tendency of Europeancivilization, through capitalism, has been todifferentiate, and exaggerate differences?(pages 26-27)
Origins of Sociology1880-1910 First consolidation of sociology as a field of studyWhat does Connell find in her survey of L’annéesociologique? (pages 6-7)
Central Concern of Early SociologyConnell argues that, rather thanindustrialization, the primary concern of earlysociology was to understand the differencesbetween the civilization of the metropole and"primitive cultures."Sociology emerges from the urban and culturalcenters of imperialism - the metropoles.
Progress Narratives"Time functioned in sociological thought mainlyas a sign of global difference" (page 8)."The point is that racial hierarchy on a worldscale was a perception built into the concept ofprogress, and was a central part of whatsociology was thought to be about" (page 11).What do these statements mean?How do they relate to Robinsons histories ofthe European bourgeoisies?
Imperial GazeWhat does this mean?Abstract and universal (page 12) "Sociology displaced imperial power over the colonised into an abstract space of difference" (16).How does this connect to Robinsons critique ofMarx?
Post World War IWhat is the crisis of sociology at this time?And what happens for the US versus Europe?(pages 18-21)