“A conceptually power-packed volume that is at once erudite and accessible, expansive and focused, true to sociological traditions yet stimulatingly exploratory. Scholars and students will be served very well by this absorbing, far-reaching enquiry into ethnicity and race.” - Raymond Taras, Tulane University “[W]hat Meer offers with this distinctive new volume is a brief survey of the academic approach to key subjects in this area. For example, the entry titled ‘Racialisation’ opens with the provenance of the subject in the works of W. E. B. Du Bois and Frantz Fanon; then Meer traces debates about whether the concept can be projected back upon history... Meer offers in-depth coverage of 28 concepts, including ‘Citizenship,’ ‘Hybridity,’ ‘Intersectionality,’ ‘Post-colonialism,’ ‘Transnationalism,’ and more… Students wanting a guide into the deeper realms of academic theorizing on race and ethnicity will be well served.” - G. A. Lancaster, Choice This book offers an accessible discussion of both foundational and novel concepts in the study of race and ethnicity. Each account will help readers become familiar with how long standing and contemporary arguments within race and ethnicity studies contribute to our understanding of social and political life more broadly. Providing an excellent starting point with which to understand the contemporary relevance of these concepts, Nasar Meer offers an up-to-date and engaging consideration of everyday examples from around the world. This is an indispensable guide for both students and established researchers interested in the study of race and ethnicity.
Chapter 2: Blackness
Blackness is a relational term to whiteness that has historically been imbued with negative connotations (which conversely endowed whiteness with positive qualities). One consequence is that social differences according to registers of colour have been framed by this language even while they have taken distinct forms in the organisation of social relations. As such, blackness cannot be discussed separately from a fuller elaboration of these dynamics offered in the concept of race. The important point to understand is that blackness has been, is and will continue to be a significant vehicle for mobilisation and advancement amongst black communities, to critique and challenge prevailing inequalities. This has often taken the form of political participation and struggle, but there is also a cultural and aesthetic dimension ...