Understanding Everyday Racism: An Interdisciplinary Theory

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SAGE, Jul 25, 1991 - Social Science - 322 pages
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This book compares contemporary racism in the US and the Netherlands through in-depth interviews with fifty-five black women. As an interdisciplinary analysis of gendered social constructions of racism, it breaks new ground. Essed problematizes and reinterprets many of the meanings and everyday practices that the majority of society has come to take for granted. She addresses crucial but largely neglected dimensions of racism: how it is experienced; how black women recognize its covert manifestations; how they acquire this knowledge; and how they challenge racism in everyday life. To answer these questions, over two thousand experiences of black women are analyzed within a theoretical framework that integrates the disciplines of macro- and
  

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Contents

Introduction
1
Toward an Integration of Macro
11
Methodological Questions
54
Knowledge and Comprehension of Everyday Racism
72
Analyzing Accounts of Racism
119
The Structure of Everyday Racism
185
Conclusions
283
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Philomena Essed is Senior Researcher at the University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam Research Institute for Global Issues and Development Studies, and Visiting Professor at the University of California, Irvine. She is the author of "Everyday Racism" (1990), "Understanding Everyday Racism" (1991), and "Diversity: Gender, Color and Culture" (1996).

David Theo Goldberg is Director of the University of California Humanities Research Institute and Professor of African American Studies and Criminology, Law, and Society at the University of California, Irvine. He is the author of "Racist Culture: Philosophy and the Politics of Meaning" (1993); "Racial Subjects: Writing on Race in America" (1997); and "Ethical Theory and Social Issues" (second edition, 1995). He co-edits "Social Identities: Journal for the Study of Race, Nation and Culture,

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