Bridgework: STS, Sociology, and the “Dark Matters” of Race

  • Michael Rodríguez-Muñiz Northwestern University
Keywords: STS, bridgework, critical sociology, race and racial domination, materiality


This short essay reflects on intellectual bridges that scholars have built, are building, and could build to connect critical sociologies of race and STS. Whereas much work in these respective fields have rarely intersected, greater exchange could help scholars better account for ways in which race shapes and stratifies contemporary societies. To this end, the essay begins with a recent example of bridgework—research on race and genetics. Next, I use my own research on ethnoracial statistics to describe how bridgework happening elsewhere can indirectly create openings for connections across the divide. Finally, I propose that research on the broader sociotechnical materiality of race and racial domination represents an important site for further bridgework.

Author Biography

Michael Rodríguez-Muñiz, Northwestern University

Department of Sociology

01 Jul 2016
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