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This volume in the Sage Series on Race and Ethnic Relations seeks to explain the phenomenon of racism throughout history by drawing on and integrating the massive literature on racism coming out of the economic, political, and cultural realms. In so doing, author Carter A. Wilson tackles four major goals: first, to help resolve the major debates surrounding racism; second, to demystify racism; third, to provide understanding of how racism has been sustained in various historical eras; and finally, to discuss how racism takes on different forms in various stages of history. This eye-opening volume sheds new light on racism and will be vital to students and professionals in race and ethnic studies, sociology, political science, economics, history, American studies and anthropology.

The Model
The model

Racism assumed different forms in different countries and historical periods. In the United States, it appeared with the establishment of a slave-based economy. It persisted throughout American history, and it changed forms in different stages of history. In this chapter, we develop a model designed to illustrate processes that sustain racial oppression and to identify changes in forms of racism. This model focuses on the economic, political, and cultural dimensions of racism. It examines each dimension separately and briefly explains how each interacts with the others.

The general view that emerges from this model is that racial oppression is sustained within an exploitative and oppressive economic structure. This structure shapes the formation of a racist culture that functions to reinforce patterns of racial ...

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