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Patricia Hill Collins

In: The SAGE Handbook of Sociology

Chapter 12: An Entirely Different World? Challenges for the Sociology of Race and Ethnicity

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An Entirely Different World? Challenges for the Sociology of Race and Ethnicity
An entirely different world? Challenges for the sociology of race and ethnicity

For many around the globe, the events of 11 September 2001 ushered in an entirely different world. September 11 may also reveal how the sociology of race and ethnicity has misunderstood the racial/ethnic politics of the post-Second World War era. As Jalali and Lipset flatly assert, ‘race and ethnicity provide the most striking example of a general failure among experts to anticipate social developments in varying types of societies’ (1998: 317). Much evidence supports their thesis. For example, because it assumed that the importance of ethnicity would decrease in conjunction with modernization, the sociology of race and ethnicity seemed unprepared for the ...

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