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 9: The Idea of Racialism: Its Meaning and History
The Idea of Racialism: Its Meaning and History
What is the meaning of the term ‘race’ and its corrollaries ‘racism’ and ‘racialism’? asked Snyder in the preface to his short but pithy volume which was published in 1962. The first half of the book was a clear-headed, almost surgical account of the concept and its manifestations; the second contained short extracts from some of the classical texts on racism, including those by Buffon, Blumenbach and Müller. The volume remains one of the most illuminating books on the subject.
Snyder refers to an ‘unending search for classification’ as the dynamic behind early research on demarcation lines between sections of human populations, but, with most other scholars, he agrees that ...