This unique collection brings together selections from the work that has defined our understanding of racism. Every significant contribution to the analysis of racism over the past 50 years are comprised in this one book, including extracts from Myrdal's An American Dilemma, Cox's Marxist theory, Carmichael and Hamilton's introduction of the term ‘institutional racism’ and recent textual analyses. Ordered chronologically, so that the reader can work through the narrative of changes coherently, each contribution is introduced by the editors and the whole collection is bound together by introductory and concluding chapters. The result is an unparalleled teaching and study resource. No other book presents the highlights, range and complexity of the various attempts to unravel racism, in such a comprehensive and panoramic way.
Chapter 10: Man's Most Dangerous Myth: The Fallacy of Race
Man's Most Dangerous Myth: The Fallacy of Race
‘The point I wish to bring out here is that “race” prejudice is merely a special case of class prejudice,’ wrote Montagu in his authoritative exercise on the ‘fallacy’ of race. First published in 1962 and subsequently revised, the text is a formidable thesis that explains racism as a ‘convenience’ to distinguish groups which were to be treated as inferior. He wrote: ‘In socially stratified class societies, the shift from class prejudice to “race” prejudice is easily achieved and, in fact amounts to little more than a change of names, for the “race” against which prejudice is now especially directed is but another class or case, even though it may ...