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.

Shadows of Race and Class

Shadows of race and class
Raymond S.Franklin

While William J. Wilson implies that race and class can be approached separately in another selection in this reader, Franklin argues that these two concepts are fundamentally intertwined. In order to understand how racism operates in the United States it is critical to note that a significant sector in the black community is also poor. In the author's opinion, it is inaccurate to examine and analyze race or racism, without also focusing or emphasizing on class dynamics. Thus, racism is not simply a racial issue, but a class one, as well. Thus, he concludes, 'The over representation of black males in the lower classes, a condition that reproduces itself in a variety of institutionally determined ...

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