Racism: A Very Short Introduction

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OUP Oxford, Mar 22, 2007 - Social Science - 208 pages
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From subtle discrimination in everyday life and scandals in politics, to incidents like lynchings in the American South, cultural imperialism, and 'ethnic cleansing', racism exists in many different forms, in almost every facet of society. But what actually is race? How has racism come to be so firmly established? Why do so few people actually admit to being racist? How are race, ethnicity, and xenophobia related? Racism: A Very Short Introduction incorporates the latest research to demystify the subject of racism and explore its history, science, and culture. It sheds light not only on how racism has evolved since its earliest beginnings, but will also explore the numerous embodiments of racism, highlighting the paradox of its survival, despite the scientific discrediting of the notion of 'race' with the latest advances in genetics. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

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Review: Racism: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions #161)

User Review  - Jennifer EVHS Lam - Goodreads

This book was not a very short introduction to racism.. I expected it to be straight forward and to the point, but instead received lots of unnecessary details. The book also jumps around to different topics and references a lot of things I don't understand. Overall, boring book. Read full review

Review: Racism: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions #161)

User Review  - C. Derick Varn - Goodreads

Rattansi's very short introduction to racism does a very good job at unsettling both racialist and activist simplifications of race. Rattansi focuses first in the UK, then the US, but also comments on ... Read full review


List of illustrations
some conundrums
blacks Jews and barbarians
scientific racism the nation and the politics of colour
Chapter 4Imperialism eugenics and the Holocaust
Chapter 5The case against scientific racism
Chapter 6New racisms?
ambivalence contradiction and commitment
race class and gender in the USA and Britain
prospects for a postracial future
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