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“This study of ‘elite racism,’ which can be subtle but is in fact pervasive and sometimes mundane, is an important contribution to the study of racism and a fine example of comparative race and ethnic studies. Intended for undergraduate and graduate students and scholars, it can also be profitably read by anyone interested in understanding the multiple manifestations of racism in U.S. and European societies.” --Choice
Chapter 2: Theoretical Framework
The Critical Analysis of Racism
The critical theory of racism that informs the analyses of elite racism in this book is the result of a complex interplay of scholarly, social, cultural, and political insights. Such a critical theory is problem-oriented and not discipline-oriented. That is, we primarily focus on racism as a social and political problem of white, Western societies, and theoretical and methodological tools from different disciplines are chosen, or where necessary crafted, only as a function of their relevance to the description and explanation of the various manifestations of elite racism. We do not operate within the narrow boundaries of a pre-established paradigm or “school” to describe and explain racism. Rather, as we suggested in the previous chapter, we make use ...