Equity Semester Two – January 16 , 2014
Racialization of Space Part One “AntiHegemony”: refusal of consent,
racialization (Homeless body looking for a place to go)
What is the racialization of space? How does space come to be racialized? Public space
(sphere), Razack (murder of Pamela George)
“Disposability” – places of resistance, speaking back to the state [power], political act of
Construct of rage and anger as something that needs to be medicalized, cured. Rage/anger
on the part of the oppressed as something spiritual (connected to the practice of love of
self, individually and as a group).
Racialization: is the process of assigning the category of race. It is the social significance
attached to physical difference.
The common sense belief and/or active political assertion that certain individual bodies of
minoritized social difference represent a homogenous social group in which, criminally,
degeneracy, immorality, destitution, violence and other forms of socially ascribed
‘deviances’ are imagined as an inherited biologically determined aspect of their historical,
cultural and/or racial identity.
Additional example: Paul Gilroy: “mugging robbery, drugs charges are understood to be
the natural expression of black culture which is defined as a cycle in which the negative
effects of black matriarchy and family pathology wrought destructive changes on the
inner city by literally breeding deviancy out of deprivation and discrimination.
Deviancy as a biological deterrence. Narratives used to construct the “Other” (white Irish
Profit Economy: particular groups as
Certain spaces as natural, phone booths, parks, roads, bridges etc. law schools
(institutions), cafes, restrooms – fill spaces with “things”, trees, bushes etc. Innocent
conception of space filling, apolitical conception of space. A building for example, is just
a building. Trees, simply trees etc. Space, then, evolves in common sense thinking,
Other spaces emerge “naturally”. Slums, inequalities, poverty – natural produces,
produced naturally. Not socially or politically produced. People of racialized and culturalized identities also inhabit spaces “naturally”
(Chinatown, Little Italy, Jane and Finch), downtown east side Vancouver. Regent Park
Aboriginal communities (Attawapiskat) – According to Razack, racialization of space