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Race/Ethnicity: Multidisciplinar}/ Global Contexts is a peer-reviewed journal jointly produced through The Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity and the Office of Minority Affairs at The Ohio State University. The journal was conceived as an intervention into contemporary scholarly treatments of issues pertaining to race and ethnicity. That is, the scope of most scholarly journals on race and ethnicity are invested in the particular: distinct disciplinary specializations, bounded geographical locations , singular racial or ethnic identities, or specific epistemological foci. While these journals have and continue to offer im- p |"Q |~|f"| t! ΠC E O 110 Γ S portant and necessary contributions to the discourse on race and ethnicity, they remain insufficient for comprehensively exploring interrelated racial operations—especially in an increasingly globalizing and interconnected world. To contribute to this existing body of scholarly journals, the editorial staff at Race/Ethnicity wanted to generate a framework and venue for thinking more multifariously about the contemporary operations of race and power. Conceptually then, it is the objective of Race/Ethnicity to work across a number of the boundaries constraining more integrated investigations of race and ethnicity, including those of disciplinarity, geography, and epistemology The goal of the journal is to more comprehensively understand the dynamics of racial and ethnic hierarchy and support interventionist policies and practices. Multidisciplinary Critics of disciplinarity have amply demonstrated the ways in which the methodologies, vocabularies, and institutional practices of disciplines have isolated objects of study from the complex networks in which they are situated. Despite the pervasiveness of such critiques, the current modes through which research is undertaken and circulated still very much reflect disciplinary boundedness. Race/Ethnicity provides a multidisciplinary forum to bring into conversation research from fields that rarely engage one another—including the humanities , social sciences, physical sciences, law, etc. The journal also promotes interdisciplinary research whose methodologies already incorporate perspectives from various areas of study. Global Much in the same way that disciplinary boundaries have constrained how research on race and ethnicity is undertaken, concern with isolated geographical boundaries has foreclosed discussion of interrelated racial operations. In an increasingly globalizing world, the boundaries of nation-states remain insufficient for comprehensively exploring interrelated cultural, economic, and social formations of race and ethnicity. Even local racialized practices are the result of global communications, economic relationships, and interstate exchanges of goods and people. Race/Ethnicity seeks to provide a forum that amasses research from across the globe, encourages comparative methodologies that analyze and explain similarities and differences across cultures, and that accounts for the interconnectedness of the contemporary world. AUTUMN 2ΟΟ7 V FROM THE EDITORS Contexts The divide between theory and practice has been contentious in many fields, but especially in race and ethnic studies . Emerging from an activist context engaged in critiquing language, knowledge, and power, theory has been viewed with some suspicion. And yet, in the contemporary academic context , only certain kinds of knowledge, language, methodologies , and research are legitimized. Race/Ethnicity seeks to integrate the important knowledge generated through activist practitioners and grassroots organizing with traditional academic research. While Race/Ethnicity is concerned with creating a forum for research and writing that crosses disciplinary, geographical, and epistemological boundaries, the journal anchors discussions by foregrounding a central concern or question. Each issue features both a theme and a "classic" piece of writing treating that theme. By situating new research on a critical topic in relationship to a historically significant piece, Race/Ethnicity maps the expansion of scholarly and practitioner thought on the subject. Transnational Migration, Race, and Citizenship In keeping with the objectives of Race/Ethnicity: Multidisciplinary Global Contexts, the editorial staff has selected the theme of "Transnational Migration, Race, and Citizenship" for its inaugural issue. Transnational migration is an exemplary process of the contemporary global context that has considerable racialized and ethnicized effects, especially in relationship to the issue of citizenship. People of color globally are disproportionately disadvantaged by globalization and migration. The racially and ethnically marginalized represent the highest proportion of stateless subjects, are most vulnerable to the demands of unregulated, exploitative labor practices, and are often excluded from the imaginings of national identity. We have chosen to introduce this issue with the "classic" piece, "The...


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