Racism: A Very Short Introduction: A Very Short Introduction

Paperback | April 15, 2007

byAli Rattansi

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From subtle discrimination in everyday life and scandals in politics, to incidents like lynchings in the American South, cultural imperialism, and 'ethnic cleansing', racism exists in many different forms, in almost every facet of society. But what actually is race? How has racism come to be so firmly established? Why do so few people actually admit to being racist? How are race, ethnicity, and xenophobia related? Racism: A Very Short Introduction incorporates the latest research to demystify the subject of racism and explore its history, science, and culture. It sheds light not only on how racism has evolved since its earliest beginnings, but will also explore the numerous embodiments of racism,highlighting the paradox of its survival, despite the scientific discrediting of the notion of 'race' with the latest advances in genetics.

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From subtle discrimination in everyday life and scandals in politics, to incidents like lynchings in the American South, cultural imperialism, and 'ethnic cleansing', racism exists in many different forms, in almost every facet of society. But what actually is race? How has racism come to be so firmly established? Why do so few people ...

Ali Rattansi is a prolific writer on race, postcolonialism, orientalism, and cultural imperialism. Currently Visiting Professor of Sociology at City University, London, he has spent his entire academic career studying the concept of racism. His publications include Racism, Modernity and Identity: On the Western Front co-edited with ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:208 pages, 6.85 × 4.37 × 0.43 inPublished:April 15, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0192805908

ISBN - 13:9780192805904

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Introduction1. Racism and racists: some conundrums2. Fear of the dark? : blacks, Jews and barbarians3. Beyond the pale: scientific racism, the nation and the politics of colour4. Imperialism, eugenics and the Holocaust5. The case against scientific racism6. New racisms?7. Racist identities: ambivalence, contradiction and commitment8. Beyond institutional racism: 'race', class and gender in the USA and BritainConclusions: prospects for a post-racial futureReferencesFurther Reading