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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.

New Racisms?
New racisms?

As some norms and values change from one period to the next in different social contexts, so the way ‘race’ is articulated through the ideological dimension of racism is transformed. In terms of ideas and practices of racism, there is no consensus about the precise changes, or how they are to be interpreted. However, there is a consensus that there is something to mark the late twentieth-century as distinctive in terms of identifiable differences from the previous period. In this chapter, we shall look at some of the suggestions advanced about what these changes are, and how to understand them in Europe and the USA.

We shall begin by looking at three European contributions to the theorisation of racism that have specifically identified ...

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