The International Politics of Race: For Students, by Students / Edition 1 available in Hardcover
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In this important and timely new book, Michael Banton examines theinternational politics of racial discrimination and racism. Thebook recounts key events in the international politics of raceduring the past few decades. It discusses the difficulties indefining race and racism, provides case studies of internationalinitiatives and national measures against discrimination, andreviews the 2001 World Conference Against Racism. The idea that humans naturally belong in races derives from ascientific error, but it is not easily dispelled from popularthought. By relying on this conception of racism, the internationalantiracist movement continually recycles the very idea of race thatit condemns. In its place, the adoption of an internationalperspective should inspire a powerful critique of the language ofrace as used in the English-speaking world. The new language ofhuman rights reformulates the issues in ways that should appeal toeveryone. Michael Banton's writings over many years have included classicalstudies of race and ethnicity and have made him one of thebest-known and respected sociologists of race. This book will be akey text for students of the politics and sociology of race,international relations and anti-discrimination law. It is writtenin a style that will also appeal to the general reader.
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About the Author
Emeritus Professor of Sociology, University of Bristol
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Race as Species.
A two-dimensional concept – Racial typology –Selectionism – Popular usage in English – The tangledweb.
Chapter 2. UNESCO.
Scientific facts - Science and politics - Present problems.
Chapter 3 The UN General Assembly.
Treaties - The noble lie – The legal instrument:discrimination – The legal instrument: protected fields -Political action – The decades – Universality –Diplomacy - Two theses.
Chapter 4. A Living Instrument.
Ratification - Treaty monitoring – Annual reports –Communications – Prospects – Problems ahead.
Chapter 5: Australia Arraigned.
White Australia – Native title – Equal treatment– A multicultural society – Unfinished business.
Chapter 6: The USA Enlists.
Why ratify? – Ethnogenesis - The Initial/Third report–A language of diversity.
Chapter 7: Britain in Europe.
European institutions – Immigration - National variations– Ethnic monitoring – Reflections.
Chapter 8 The Third World Conference.
Alternatives - Drafting - Durban 2001 - The Declaration - TheProgramme of Action - Reservations - A calamity.
Chapter 9: Public Policy and Human Rights.
Human rights standards – Equality in civil and politicalrights – Equality in economic, social and cultural rights– Ethnic relations.
Chapter 10: Better Explanations.
Race as a social category – The racism problematic –After racism.