“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

Academic Discourse

Academic discourse

Academics and Race

A superficial analysis would assume that most scholars only have relative power in their academic domain of teaching and research, so that they would have only marginal elite status. However, further analysis shows that in present-day societies, the indirect influence and power of scholars are tremendous: Their ideologies, students, research results, reports, and advice play a fundamental role in technological advances and the management of corporations and the State. This is also true for the management of social and political affairs, for instance, in the domain of ethnic relations. Social scientists formulate philosophies and more specific ethnic relations theories that are multiply applied in the many committees, institutions, and bureaucratic frameworks that organize ethnic decision making in virtually all social ...

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