Racism: A Very Short Introduction

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OUP Oxford, Mar 22, 2007 - Social Science - 194 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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Very good, thought-provoking introduction to its subject. A little hard going in places. Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
some conundrums
4
blacks Jews and barbarians
13
scientific racism the nation and the politics of colour
20
4 Imperialism eugenics and the Holocaust
45
5 The case against scientific racism
69
6 New racisms?
86
ambivalence contradiction and commitment
114
race class and gender in the USA and Britain
132
prospects for a postracial future
161
References
175
Further reading
178
Index
183
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Ali Rattansi is a prolific writer on race, postcolonialism, orientalism, and cultural imperialism. Currently Visiting Professor of Sociology at City University, London, he has spent much of his academic career studying the concept of racism. His publications include Racism, Modernity and Identity: On the Western Front co-edited with S. Westwood (1994); 'Race', Culture and Difference with James Donald (1992); and Racism and Anti-racism:Inequalities, Opportunities and Policies with P. Braham and R. Skellington (1992).