This study examines scholarship about the global color-line. It unfolds in two sections. The first traces how understandings of race and racism were encoded within university environments in the mid-twentieth century. The second shows how this epistemology influenced early academic comparisons of the United States and South Africa in the 1980s and why the literature diversified in the post-apartheid era.
Irwin, Ryan, "Mapping Race: Historicizing the History of the Color-Line" (2009). History Faculty Scholarship. 22.
This is the Author's Accepted Manuscript of a peer reviewed paper.
Irwin, Ryan. 2010 “Mapping Race: Historicizing the History of the Color-Line,” History Compass 8:9 (September), 984-999
The version of record appears here: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1478-0542.2010.00731.x