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This essay argues that decolonization entails a rethinking of existing social analytics and genealogies of empire. It calls attention to the shifting imperial mandates that racial and sex and gender regimes—as conjoined systems of producing, managing, and understanding social divisions of labor, discrepancies of privilege, resources, and life chances and qualities—have been crucial for fulfilling. If struggles of decolonization in the past were always critiques and struggles against racism, insofar as colonialism was itself the invention of racism as we know it, how are we to critically understand the role of racial logics in the contemporary work and history of empire? The essay conceptualizes “remaindered life” as an alternative form of social reproduction that corrodes dominant social relations and instead produces fugitive socialities, which may be made available to obstruct the spread of empire.

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