We hear much about ‘race’ and ‘racism’ in public discourse but the terms are frequently used without clear definitions or practical examples of how these phenomena actually work.
Racisms introduces practical methods which enable students to think coherently and sociologically about this complex feature of the global landscape.
Steve Garner argues that there is no single monolithic object of analysis but rather a plural set of ideas and practices that result in the introduction of ‘race’ into social relations. This differs over time and from one place to another.
Focusing on the basics, Racisms:
Defines ‘race’, ‘racism’, ‘institutional racism’ and ‘racialization’; Provides examples of how these function in fields like the natural sciences and asylum; Clearly sets out theoretical arguments around collective identities (‘race’, class, gender, nation, religion); Uses empirical case studies, including some drawn from the author's own fieldwork; Points students and other readers toward sources of further web and text based information
Engaging and accessible this book provides a sign-posted route into key elements of contemporary debates.
Racisms is an ideal introduction for undergraduates studying ‘race’ and ethnicity, social divisions, stratification, and social work.
Chapter 10: The Racialisation of Asylum
The Racialisation of Asylum
In the chapters on racism, ‘race’ and racialisation, I suggested some ways to understand these processes and power relationships so that it became clearer how much the social and biological elements could either be separated or linked through the notion of culture. In other words, attributing insurmountable cultural difference to two sets of bodies can be just as much about ‘race’ as looking merely at the physical externality. In current discourse about difference, threat in the West is now voiced around innate characteristics and cultural deficiencies more than around physical difference (Chapter 9). Or, the other way round, two groups who are nominally racialised as ‘white’, for example, can construct the differences between them as being properties of ...