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.

The Declining Significance of Race: Blacks and Changing American Institutions

The declining significance of race: Blacks and changing American institutions
William JuliusWilson

This book is now a classic in discussions focusing on the relationship between race and class in the United States, and the significance of racism in defining relations between blacks and whites. Wilson generally argued that the living conditions characteristics of many urban black communities in the United States could not be attributed solely, or primarily to racial discrimination, although this may have been true in earlier periods in the nation's history. He proposed that national economic factors and developments carried far more weight in explaining the continuing deteriorated social status of blacks and their communities. In this selection, Wilson discusses the relationship between race ...

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