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Colonialism, Postcolonialism and the Liberal Welfare State

Bhambra, Gurminder K.; Holmwood, John

Authors

Gurminder K. Bhambra g.k.bhambra@sussex.ac.uk

John Holmwood john.holmwood@nottingham.ac.uk



Abstract

© 2018, © 2018 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. This article addresses the colonial and racial origins of the welfare state with a particular emphasis on the liberal welfare state of the USA and UK. Both are understood in terms of the centrality of the commodified status of labour power expressing a logic of market relations. In contrast, we argue that with a proper understanding of the relations of capitalism and colonialism, the sale of labour power as a commodity already represents a movement away from the commodified form of labour represented by enslavement. European colonialism is integral to the development of welfare states and their forms of inclusion and exclusion which remain racialised through into the twenty-first century.

Citation

Bhambra, G. K., & Holmwood, J. (2018). Colonialism, Postcolonialism and the Liberal Welfare State. New Political Economy, 23(5), 574-587. https://doi.org/10.1080/13563467.2017.1417369

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Dec 5, 2017
Online Publication Date Jan 5, 2018
Publication Date Sep 3, 2018
Deposit Date Mar 27, 2018
Publicly Available Date Jul 6, 2019
Journal New Political Economy
Print ISSN 1356-3467
Electronic ISSN 1469-9923
Publisher Routledge
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 23
Issue 5
Pages 574-587
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/13563467.2017.1417369
Keywords Class, colonialism, dispossession, immigration, settler liberalism, welfare
Public URL http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/50720
Publisher URL https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/13563467.2017.1417369
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/end_user_agreement.pdf
Additional Information This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in New Political Economy on 05/01/2018, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/13563467.2017.1417369

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