The Racial Order by Mustafa Emirbayer

The Racial Order

byMustafa Emirbayer, Matthew Desmond

Paperback | August 13, 2015

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Proceeding from the bold and provocative claim that there never has been a comprehensive and systematic theory of race, Mustafa Emirbayer and Matthew Desmond set out to reformulate how we think about this most difficult of topics in American life. In The Racial Order, they draw on Bourdieu, Durkheim, and Dewey to present a new theoretical framework for race scholarship. Animated by a deep and reflexive intelligence, the book engages the large and important issues of social theory today and, along the way, offers piercing insights into how race actually works in America. Emirbayer and Desmond set out to examine how the racial order is structured, how it is reproduced and sometimes transformed, and how it penetrates into the innermost reaches of our racialized selves. They also consider how—and toward what end—the racial order might be reconstructed. 
In the end, this project is not merely about race; it is a theoretical reconsideration of the fundamental problems of order, agency, power, and social justice. The Racial Order is a challenging work of social theory, institutional and cultural analysis, and normative inquiry.

About The Author

Mustafa Emirbayer is professor of sociology at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Matthew Desmond is assistant professor of sociology and social studies at Harvard University. Together, they are the authors of Race in America, a companion to this volume.

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Title:The Racial OrderFormat:PaperbackDimensions:520 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.1 inPublished:August 13, 2015Publisher:University Of Chicago PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:022625352X

ISBN - 13:9780226253527

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Table of Contents

1          A New Theoretical Framework for Race Scholarship
Part I   Reflexivity
2          Race and Reflexivity
Part II  Relationality
3          The Structures of the Racial Order
4          The Dynamics of the Racial Order
5          Interactions, Institutions, and Interstices
6          The Social Psychology of the Racial Order
Part III Reconstruction
7          Race and Reconstruction
8          Summary and Implications for Race Scholarship


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“This work begins with a compelling statement: ‘There never has been a comprehensive and systematic theory of race.’ The authors attempt to provide just that, drawing on and intricately interweaving nearly all prior race scholarship, with a special emphasis on the work of Dewey, Durkheim, and Bourdieu. Their approach stands out from prior frameworks by demanding greater attention to culture, making space for social psychology and collective emotions, emphasizing racial agency at every analytic level, and rejecting a binary between structure and culture.”