Washington University in St. Louis, Brown School of Social Work

Bi-Weekly Mondays 10:00-11:30 AM CST

Purpose of Journal Club

This journal club is an opportunity for a group of individuals to meet regularly to critically examine recent books or articles in the academic literature that examines the concept of race as a measure of human difference and the intersection of race and health, or the social lives of American populations.

Book Selection: Fields, K. E., & Fields, B. J. (2014). Racecraft: The soul of inequality in American life. Verso Trade.

Ways to Get Involved:

Option 1: Participate via Zoom where you will actively engage in dialogue and help facilitate discussion with other members of the club. You must register for this option at https://forms.gle/KfH19XyaRwrgqRjT7

Option 2: Get involved by viewing our bi-weekly discussion on Facebook Live at


If you have any questions, please contact Enoch Azasu, MSW (enochazasu@wustl.edu) or Maribeth Clifton, OTD ( maribeth.clifton@wustl.edu).

Spring 2021 Schedule

February 8th, 2021

Journal Club Overview & Introduction

Introduction (pp. 1-24)

February 22nd, 2021  Ch 1: A Tour of Racecraft (pp. 25-74)
March 8th, 2021

 Ch 2: Individual Stories and America’s Collective Past (pp. 75-93)

Ch 3: Of Rogues and Geldings (pp. 95-109)

March 22nd, 2021  Ch 4: Slavery, Race, and Ideology in the United States of America (pp. 111-148)
April 5th, 2021

Ch 5: Origins of the New South and the Negro Question (pp. 149-169)

Ch 6: What one Cannot Remember Mistakenly (pp. 171-192)

April 19th, 2021

Ch 7: Witchcraft and Racecraft: Invisible Ontology in Its Sensible Manifestations (pp. 193-224)

Ch 8: Individuality and the Intellectuals: An Imaginary Conversation Between Emile Durkheim and W.E.B. Du Bois (pp. 225-260)

May 3rd, 2021 Conclusion: Racecraft and Inequality (pp. 261-290)