Race and Racisms A Critical Approach

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  • Copyright: 8/1/2014
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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Race and Racisms: A Critical Approach engages students in significant questions related to racial dynamics in the U.S. and around the world. Written in accessible, straightforward language, the book discusses and critically analyzes cutting-edge scholarship in the field. Organized into topics and concepts rather than discrete racial groups, the text addresses:

* How and when the idea of race was created and developed
* How structural racism has worked historically to reproduce inequality
* How we have a society rampant with racial inequality, even though most people do not consider themselves to be racist
* How race, class, and gender work together to create inequality and identities
* How immigration policy in the United States has been racialized
* How racial justice could be imagined and realized

Centrally focused on racial dynamics, Race and Racisms also incorporates an intersectional perspective, discussing the intersections of racism, patriarchy, and capitalism.

Author Biography

Tanya Maria Golash-Boza is Associate Professor in the School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts at University of California, Merced.

Table of Contents


PART I: The History of the Idea of Race

1. The Origin of the Idea of Race
2. Race and Citizenship from the 1840s to the 1920s

PART II: Racial Ideologies

3. Racial Ideologies from the 1920s to the Present
4. The Spread of Ideology: "Controlling Images" and Racism in the Media
5. Skin-Tone Stratification and Colorism
6. White Privilege and the Changing U.S. Racial Hierarchy

PART III: Policy and Institutions

7. Understanding Racial Inequality Today: Sociological Theories of Racism
8. Educational Inequality
9. Income and Labor Market Inequality
10. Inequality in Housing and Wealth
11. Racism and the Criminal Justice System
12. Health Inequality and Environmental Justice
13. Racism, Nativism, and Immigration Policy

PART IV: Contesting and Comparing Racial Injustices

14. Racial Justice in the United States Today
15. Thinking Globally: Race and Racisms in France, South Africa, and Brazil


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