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Beyond Race?

While at the moment the world seems to be divided along racial lines and ‘race’ appears to be a central axe of social inclusion and exclusion, in this commentary series we discuss whether it is possible or desirable to go ‘beyond race’. We explain that we want to explore the idea that we might go ‘beyond race’ in four different ways. 
1.’Beyond race’ as a demographic reality of a majority population consisting of people of mixed origin
2. ‘Beyond race’ as the possibility to develop public policies that aim to combat inequalities also along color lines, yet are no longer dependent on a notion of race
3. ‘Beyond race’ as the possibility of anti-racist political mobilization not grounded in identity politics
4. ‘Beyond race’ as a new conceptualization of race that is decoupling biology and culture, or even to stop thinking in racial categories altogether, yet without de-politicizing Black’s, or any subjected group’s, history and experience.  

Authors from different parts of the world, and with different academic backgrounds were invited to reflect on these issues  and to explain their position.

Edited by Sawitri Saharso, Tabea Scharrer, Anju Mary Paul


  1. In this rejoinder we argue, based on the papers of this commentary series, that ‘race’ is such a tricky notion because it can be used in (at least) two very different and contradictory ways—as a concept to disent...

    Authors: Tabea Scharrer and Sawitri Saharso
    Citation: Comparative Migration Studies 2023 11:11
  2. In this commentary piece, we argue that we must interrogate the meaning of race and examine why and how race does matter in different societies across contexts before we can even consider moving “beyond race.” We...

    Authors: Sayaka Osanami Törngren and Karen L. Suyemoto
    Citation: Comparative Migration Studies 2022 10:9
  3. While at the moment the world seems to be divided along racial lines and ‘race’ appears to be a central axe of social inclusion and exclusion, in this article we ask whether it is thinkable to go ‘beyond race’...

    Authors: Sawitri Saharso and Tabea Scharrer
    Citation: Comparative Migration Studies 2022 10:4

    The Correction to this article has been published in Comparative Migration Studies 2022 10:6

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