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Special Section: The Politics of Social Suffering

Spain, Color Border Racism as Symptom of the Necessary Failure of the National Identity

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Roberto Gil Hernández

Miembro fundador del Grupo de Investigación de Estudios Decoloniales Universidad de La Laguna (Islas Canarias, España), ES
About Roberto
Licenciado en Sociología por la Universidad de La Laguna (2009), Máster en Investigación Social Aplicada al Medio Ambiente por la Universidad Pablo de Olavide (2010) y Doctor por la Universidad de La Laguna en el programa Filosofía, Cultura y Sociedad, con el trabajo de tesis doctoral: Los guanches: conquista y anticonquista del archipiélago canario (2016). Su trayectoria académica se ha desarrollado en torno a los ámbitos de la Sociología y la Antropología Social, poniendo especial atención en la construcción de identidades culturales en el espacio atlántico. Sus investigaciones parten de la crítica epistémica inaugurada por los Estudios Culturales, el Postestructuralismo, el Pensamiento Descolonial y el Psicoanálisis.
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Abstract

Contrary to popular belief, race is not the womb where racism is gestated, but racism invents race, its condition of possibility. This is
the only way to understand how this phenomenon has appealed to different orders of our reality to generate the set of rules, ideas,
and emotions that are constantly passing through us as society. In this article, we will try to evaluate the incidence of racism in Spain
by analyzing the recent impact of illegal migration in the media. Starting from the recognition of the role that coloniality has played
throughout its history as well as of the disturbing necessity it forces of excluding its racialized otherness, we will try to demonstrate
the role the country has played as a color border, as a boundary separating the populations from the African and European continents.
Our objective is to point out, by the means of the psychoanalytic theory, the contingent nature of racism as a mechanism
attached to its national identity, as well as to validate its failure as affluent and as boundary of its symbolic and libidinal condition.
How to Cite: Hernández, R.G., 2019. Spain, Color Border Racism as Symptom of the Necessary Failure of the National Identity. Digithum, (23), p.None. DOI: http://doi.org/10.7238/d.v0i23.3154
Published on 10 Apr 2019.
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