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Special Issue: Race, Empire, and the Crisis of the Subprime

Edited by Paula Chakravartty and Denise Ferreira da Silva

Suprime Issue Cover This special issue interjects into the discourse and conditions of an ongoing global economic and racial crisis. That is, it is not a “coda” to the crisis, signaling a conclusion, or a kind of retrospective on the ravages of global and racial capitalism. Neither does it serve to locate the “origins” of what has come to be known as the “subprime crisis.” Rather, it is a necessary intervention in the midst of crisis, a recognition of the historical legacies that envelop and frame the 2008 global economic crisis, as well as a call to critically acknowledge the varied spaces and homes worldwide that this latest crisis has shaped, destroyed, or irrevocably changed. As such, this special issue is an excellent example of the efforts by American studies scholars, as well as those in other disciplines, to imagine and theorize an “American” studies that is deeply, and inevitably, transnational and transhemispheric. Above all else, it is a reminder that global racial capitalism cannot be understood within the frame of economics alone; rather, it needs to be theorized and imagined as a set of cultural, political, and geographic practices on and within persons and places.

View the Table of Contents. Authors who contributed supplementary content appear alphabetically below.

"Accumulation, Dispossession, and Debt: The Racial Logic of Global Capitalism," Paula Chakravartty and Denise Ferreira da Silva

"Gambling with Debt: Lessons from the Illiterate," Sarita See

"Realty Reality: HGTV and the Subprime Crisis," Shawn Shimpach

"Coloring in the Bubble: Perspectives from Black-Oriented Media on the (Latest) Economic Disaster, " Catherine R. Squires

"New Racial Meanings of Housing in America," Elvin Wyly, C. S. Ponder, Pierson Nettling, Bosco Ho, Sophie Ellen Fung, Zachary Liebowitz, and Dan Hammel

"Blues Geographies and the Security Turn: Interpreting the Housing Crisis in Los Angeles," Jordan T. Camp


American Quarterly

American Quarterly is the official journal of the American Studies Association.

Volume: 63 (2011)
Frequency: Quarterly
Print ISSN: 0003-0678
Online ISSN: 1080-6490



American Quarterly

American Quarterly is the official journal of the American Studies Association.

Volume: 69 (2017)
Frequency: Quarterly
Print ISSN: 0003-0678
Online ISSN: 1080-6490