Racism: A Very Short Introduction [NOOK Book]

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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...
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Overview

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780191584992
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford
  • Publication date: 3/22/2007
  • Series: Very Short Introductions
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 582,395
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Ali Rattansi is currently Visiting Professor of Sociology at City University, London. His publications include Racism, Modernity, and Identity: On the Western Front, 'Race', Culture, and Difference, and Racism and Anti-racism: Inequalities, Opportunities, and Policies.

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Table of Contents


Acknowledgements     x
List of illustrations     xi
Introduction     1
Racism and racists: some conundrums     4
Fear of the dark?: blacks, Jews, and barbarians     13
Beyond the pale: scientific racism, the nation, and the politics of colour     20
Imperialism, eugenics, and the Holocaust     45
The case against scientific racism     69
New racisms?     86
Racist identities: ambivalence, contradiction, and commitment     114
Beyond institutional racism: 'race', class, and gender in the USA and Britain     132
Conclusions: prospects for a post-racial future     161
References     175
Further reading     178
Index     183
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