Racism without Racists: Color-Blind Racism and the Persistence of Racial Inequality in the United States / Edition 3

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Overview

A fourth edition is now available.

In the third edition of his highly acclaimed book, Bonilla-Silva continues to challenge color-blind thinking. He has now extended this challenge with a new chapter on Obama's election addressing the apparent miracle of a black man elected as the 44th President of the nation despite the fact that racial progress has stagnated since the 1980s and, in some areas, even regressed. In contrast to those who believe the election of President Obama is a watershed moment that signifies the beginning of a post-racial era in America, he suggests this development embodies the racial trends of the last 40 years including two he has addressed in this book: the rise of color-blind racism as the dominant racial ideology and the emergence of an apparently more flexible racial stratification system he characterizes as Latin America-like.

Some material from previous editions, including 'Answers to Questions from Concerned Readers,' 'What is to Be Done,' and an Appendix detailing interview questions, is now available on the Rowman & Littlefield website through the Teaching/Learning Resources link.

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Editorial Reviews

Mary Romero
The book challenges the students to rethink dominant paradigms on race in the U.S., but [they] respond extremely well to it. The new chapter is very engaging.
Hayward Derrick Horton
In the new chapter Bonilla-Silva provides a stinging critique of Obama and the very notion that the election of a black man has a positive impact on the state of racial inequality in America. This is a powerful chapter for a very powerful book.
Judith Blau
Praise for the previous edition:
Every white American should have the privilege to have that eureka moment: Ah! Now I understand what being white means, in the most profound sense.' The entire world looks different from then on. Racism without Racists leads white Americans to that very moment of discovery.
Robin D. G. Kelley
Praise for the previous edition:
Racism without Racists will make many readers uncomfortable, as it should. With care and a wicked sense of humor, Eduardo Bonilla-Silva explores the kind of subtle, everyday racism that some of 'our best friends' unconsciously perpetuate.
Choice
This excellent book—suggested for more than just social scientists—is one of the few that provides ammunition for those who are seriously interested in breaking away from nonproductive discussions of race and ethnic relations. This is a must-read for all. Essential.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781442202184
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/28/2009
  • Edition description: Third Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 318
  • Sales rank: 299,307
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Eduardo Bonilla-Silva is professor of sociology at Duke University.
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Table of Contents

Preface for Third Edition of Racism without Racists

Chapter 1: The Strange Enigma of Race in Contemporary America
Chapter 2: The Central Frames of Color-Blind Racism
Chapter 3: The Style of Color Blindness: How to Talk Nasty about Minorities without Sounding Racist
Chapter 4: "I Didn't Get That Job Because of a Black Man": Color-Blind Racism's Racial Stories
Chapter 5: Peeking Inside the (White) House of Color Blindness: The Significance of Whites' Segregation
Chapter 6: Are All Whites Refined Archie Bunkers? An Examination of White Racial Progressives
Chapter 7: Are Blacks Color Blind, Too?
Chapter 8: E Pluribus Unum or the Same Old Perfume in a New Bottle? On the Future of Racial Stratification in the United States
Chapter 9: Will Racism Disappear in Obamerica? The Sweet (but Deadly) Enchantment of Colorblindness in Black Face

Conclusion

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2012

    An interesting perspective

    I found this book very intriguing. The authors insights on structural racism gave me an excellent insight into why many people may think racism no longer exists. I enjoyed the many examples and real-world application given to his arguments. My only complaint is the excessive usage of academic language makes it difficult for readers outside of academia. I would suggest a dictionary handy. Overall, if this subject interests then this is good read.

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