The Many Costs of Racism / Edition 1

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"What is it like to be a black person in America today? The voices of middle-class African Americans captured in this book will surprise those who think the era of racial discrimination is past. The Many Costs of Racism is a vivid account of the medical, mental, and economic effects of everyday racism for black Americans-and of racism's high costs for all Americans." Drawing on their own interviews and on other research studies, the authors document the substantial damage done to black individuals, families, and communities by the stress of everyday discrimination. The strong voices of African Americans here also tell how active resistance and coping strategies become a way of life. Beyond the toll on individuals and families, the authors assess the costs that society as a whole pays for the age-old structures of racial inequality that persist in workplaces, communities, and other major institutions. That cost is much too high-and the book explains how all Americans can work to reduce it.
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Editorial Reviews

Howard Winant
In The Many Costs of Racism Feagin and McKinney examine a wealth of research on the terrible costs and burdens racism places on black families, black workers, and the black psyche, paying special attention to health issues. They also consider the many strategies black people use to fight back. By effectively demonstrating how anti-black racism remains a central feature of American cultural and economic life, this book demolishes right-wing claims that the country is now somehow 'colorblind' or 'beyond racism.' It is an essential work for the classroom, as well as a valuable tool for scholars and researchers. Highly recommended!
Charles Lemert
The Many Costs of Racism gives us facts that change the terms of sometimes overwrought or abstract debates about race in America. Racism hurts and the injury it inflicts costs everyone what none can afford. In 1954 this was the essential truth of Brown v. Education. Today, Feagin and McKinney give us facts that remind of what we’d rather forget. How I wish I’d had this book over the last decades of teaching race. How fortunate teachers and students will be for having it now and over the years to come.
Contemporary Sociology
Hard hitting, much needed, and clearly written. . . . The only disappointment I have with the book is that it ended too soon.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742511187
  • Publisher: The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc
  • Publication date: 7/14/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.62 (w) x 8.94 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

Joe R. Feagin is professor of sociology at the University of Florida. Karyn D. McKinney is professor of sociology at Altoona College, Penn State University.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 The Many Costs of White Racism 6
2 The Psychological and Energy Costs of Contemporary Racism 39
3 The Physical Health Consequences of Racism 65
4 The Family and Community Costs of Racism 94
5 Fighting and Managing Everyday Racism: An Array of Strategies 119
6 Combating Racism: Active Behavioral Strategies 147
7 Racism and the U.S. Health Care System 180
Notes 211
Index 243
About the Authors 250
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