A Very Short Introduction

Book - 2007
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Blackwell North Amer
This Very Short Introduction challenges many common assumptions and guides the reader through the confusion surrounding racial issues in history, science, politics, and popular culture. Looking at a wide range of examples from both Western society and beyond, Ali Rattansi sheds light on contemporary debates such as the Holocaust, the continuing disadvantage of African Americans, 'institutional racism', racism and sexuality, 'Islamophobia', and the growing support for racist movements.

Oxford University Press
From subtle discrimination in everyday life, to horrors like lynching in the Old South, cultural imperialism, and "ethnic cleansing", racism exists in many different forms, in almost every facet of society. Despite civil rights movements and other attempts at progress, racial prejudices and stereotypes remain deeply embedded in Western culture. Racism takes a frank and objective look at why these notions exist. It explores how racism has come to be so firmly established, and looks at how race, ethnicity, and xenophobia are related. This book 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 also explores 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. As encompassing as it is concise, Racism is a valuable guide to one of the world's most destructive problems.

Publisher: Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2007
ISBN: 9780192805904
Branch Call Number: 305.8 Rat
Characteristics: 194 p. : ill


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