"A conceptually power-packed volume that is at once erudite and accessible, expansive and focused, true to sociological traditions yet stimulatingly exploratory. Scholars and students will be served very well by this absorbing, far-reaching enquiry into ethnicity and race. "
- Raymond Taras, Tulane University
“[W]hat Meer offers with this distinctive new volume is a brief survey of the academic approach to key subjects in this area. For example, the entry titled ‘Racialisation’ opens with the provenance of the subject in the works of W. E. B. Du Bois and Frantz Fanon; then Meer traces debates about whether the concept can be projected back upon history... Meer offers in-depth coverage of 28 concepts, including ‘Citizenship,’ ‘Hybridity,’ ‘Intersectionality,’ ‘Post-colonialism,’ ‘Transnationalism,’ and more… Students wanting a guide into the deeper realms of academic theorizing on race and ethnicity will be well served.”
- G. A. Lancaster, Choice
This book offers an accessible discussion of both foundational and novel concepts in the study of race and ethnicity. Each account will help readers become familiar with how long standing and contemporary arguments within race and ethnicity studies contribute to our understanding of social and political life more broadly.
Providing an excellent starting point with which to understand the contemporary relevance of these concepts, Nasar Meer offers an up-to-date and engaging consideration of everyday examples from around the world.
This is an indispensable guide for both students and established researchers interested in the study of race and ethnicity.
About the Author
Dr Nasar Meer is Reader in Comparative Social Policy and Citizenship, and Chancellor's Fellow in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, at the University of Strathclyde. During 2012-13 he was a Minda de Gunzberg Fellow at Harvard University, a Visiting Fellow with the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities at the University of Edinburgh, and a member of the British Council's Outreach Program. He has previously studied at the Universities of Essex, Edinburgh, and Bristol, and held a visiting fellowship with the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African-American Studies at Harvard University. He presently holds a visiting fellowship with the University of Arhus. Nasar was previously a Lecturer at the University of Southampton, and a researcher at the Centre for the Study of Ethnicity and Citizenship at the Bristol Institute for Public Affairs.
Table of Contents
Introduction Why a New Book on Race and Ethnicity? Carving Nature at its Joints Identity and Dispersion Reflexivity How to Use This BookANTISEMITISM The Object-Subject Distinction From Bigitory to Racism Hierarchies and the New AntisemitismBLACKNESS An Etymology of Blackness Blackness and Double Consciousness Blackness as a Political Identity The Black AtlanticCITIZENSHIP The Challenge Of Citizenship What the Greeks and Romans Did For Us Marshall and Beyond: Equality and Culture National and Post-National Citzenship Citizenship and New Social MovementsDIASPORA Co-Ordinates of Diaspora Diaspora and Groups Diasporic SpaceEQUALITIES AND INEQUALITIES Foot Races And Starting Lines Groups and Experiences Recognition or RedistributionETHNICITY Subjectivities and Primoridalisms Ethnic Boundaries And Ethnic Assertiveness New and Old Ethnicities Boundaries and DrawbacksEURO-ISLAM Euro-Islam as Multidirectional Process Euro-Islam as Muslim Adaptation Re-Locating the Muslim SubjectHEALTH AND WELLBEING Ethnicity and Health Disease and Categories Ethnic VariationsHYBRIDITY Hybridity as Translation Hybritity as IdentityINTEGRATION Two Uses Diversity and Integration Integration as a Vortex IssueINTERCULTURALISM Communication Beyond Co-Existence? Free From Cultural Groups A Stronger Sense of the Whole Illiberalism And CultureINTERSECTIONALITY Structural Or Political Intersectionality? Intra-Categorical, Anti-Categorical, and Inter-Categorical Unitary, Multiple and IntersectionalISLAMOPHOBIA Challenges and Responses Intersectional Islamophobia: Gender & CivilisationMIGRATION Recent Trends in Migration Three Ages of Mass Migration Theorising MigrationMIXEDNESS Mixedness as Population Change Mixedness as Racial FormationMULTICULTURALISM A Philiosphical Rationale Political Provenance(s) Intellectual Calibrations Known Knowns, Known Unknowns The Backlash and BeyondNATIONALISM Nationalism and the State What is a Nation? Imagined Communities Ethnies And Pre-Modernity The Bad and the BanalORIENTALISM Muslim Society A Style of Thought Neo-Orientalism?POLITICAL PARTICIPATION The Function Of Political Rights Political Participation as the Franchise Securing RepresentationPOST-COLONIALISM Post or Present? Politics, Culture or Both? Addressing or Ignoring the Post-Colonial?RACE History and Categorisation A Biological Category Post-Race or the Paradox of Race?RACE RELATIONS Origins British Race Relations Six Orders of Race Relations Status and PartyRACIALISATION Intellectual Provenances Historical Racialisation Contemporary Racialisation Positive Racialisaiton and Model Minorities Institutional RacismRECOGNITION The Range of Recognition Phenomenology and Ethics Critical Theory and Race Multicultural Turns Democratic Participation The Emergence of MisrecognitionSECULARISM Contemporary Meanings Secularism and State Securalism And Autonomy Secularism and Citizenship PostsecularismSUPER-DIVERSITY A Concept For Our Time What is New that is ‘Super’?TRANSNATIONALISM Social Morphology and Consciousness Cultural Reproduction and Capital Political Engagement and SpaceWHITENESS White or Western? Racial Supremacy and Privilege Class and Negotiating Identity Secularisation The Conditions of Transnationalism