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On the Stability of Racial Capitalism

Bright, Liam Kofi and Gabriel, Nathan and O'Connor, Cailin and Taiwo, Olufemi (2022) On the Stability of Racial Capitalism. [Preprint]

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Abstract

What is the connection between capitalism and racial hierarchy? In line with the tradition known as `the theory of racial capitalism' we show that the latter can functionally support the former. As a social construction, race has just those features which allow it to facilitate the sort of stable, inequitable distributions of resources that tend to emerge in capitalist systems. We support this claim using techniques from evolutionary game theory and cultural evolutionary theory, and end by discussing the normative political consequences of this relationship.


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Item Type: Preprint
Creators:
CreatorsEmailORCID
Bright, Liam Kofiliamkbright@gmail.com0000-0001-5450-8748
Gabriel, Nathanngabrie2@uci.edu
O'Connor, Cailincailino@uci.edu
Taiwo, OlufemiOlufemi.Taiwo@georgetown.edu
Additional Information: Forthcoming in Ergo
Keywords: racial capitalism, cultural evolution, game theory, inequality, inequity, models, modeling, race, functional explanation
Subjects: General Issues > Computer Simulation
Specific Sciences > Cultural Evolution
General Issues > Explanation
General Issues > Game Theory
General Issues > Models and Idealization
General Issues > Science and Policy
Specific Sciences > Sociology
Depositing User: Dr. Cailin O'Connor
Date Deposited: 26 May 2022 02:10
Last Modified: 26 May 2022 02:10
Item ID: 20664
Subjects: General Issues > Computer Simulation
Specific Sciences > Cultural Evolution
General Issues > Explanation
General Issues > Game Theory
General Issues > Models and Idealization
General Issues > Science and Policy
Specific Sciences > Sociology
Date: May 2022
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/20664

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