Racecraft: The Soul of Inequality in American Life

Racecraft: The Soul of Inequality in American Life

by Karen E. Fields, Barbara J. Fields
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Racecraft: The Soul of Inequality in American Life by Karen E. Fields, Barbara J. Fields

Most people assume that racism grows from a perception of human difference: the fact of race gives rise to the practice of racism. Sociologist Karen E. Fields and historian Barbara J. Fields argue otherwise: the practice of racism produces the illusion of race, through what they call "racecraft." And this phenomenon is intimately entwined with other forms of inequality in American life. So pervasive are the devices of racecraft in American history, economic doctrine, politics, and everyday thinking that the presence of racecraft itself goes unnoticed.

That the promised post-racial age has not dawned, the authors argue, reflects the failure of Americans to develop a legitimate language for thinking about and discussing inequality. That failure should worry everyone who cares about democratic institutions.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781781683132
Publisher: Verso Books
Publication date: 03/04/2014
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 310
Sales rank: 124,289
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Karen E. Fields, an independent scholar, holds degrees from Harvard University, Brandeis University, and the Sorbonne. She is the author of many articles and three published books: Revival and Rebellion in Colonial Central Africa, Lemon Swamp and Other Places: A Carolina Memoir, and The Elementary Forms of Religious Life.

Barbara J. Fields is professor of history at Columbia University, author of Slavery and Freedom on the Middle Ground: Maryland During the Nineteenth Century, and coauthor of Free at Last: A Documentary History of Slavery, Freedom, and the Civil War.

Robin Eller is a narrator, actress, singer, and dance educator. She has appeared on stage, in films, and on such television programs as The Bernie Mac Show, The Bold and the Beautiful, and General Hospital.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really good discussion on the significance of racism behind racial identity