“A welcome and overdue contribution to the field. Identifying a need for an empirical guide to complement the abundant theoretical literature, this book combines a variety of practical avenues of advice with analytical sophistication, without losing any of the subject matter's complexities. The contextual chapters are well judged and informative, while readers will surely find the careful selection and very clear presentation of the case studies particularly useful in thinking through the projects from start to completion.”

- Steve Garner, Open University

This book offers a one stop guide to the meaning of racism, key studies in the field, core methodologies and an agenda for research for the future. Discussing the salient aspects of race and racism in contemporary society alongside methodological and practical considerations of qualitative research in the field, Researching Racism is not only an original textbook but also a crucial guide for anyone beginning their own research on racism.

Based on Muzammil Quraishi and Rob Philburn's extensive background as researchers, supervisors and teachers, this book: offers a clear and accessible account of an interdisciplinary and complex topic; incorporates historical, legislative and international dimensions of race and racism; outlines and illustrates a range of qualitative research methods; provides case studies and engaging examples; includes a tool kit for researchers of racism.

This is an indispensable guide for students wanting to research race and racism across the social sciences.

Race, Racism and Everyday Life

Race, racism and everyday life

Keywords:contemporary society, everyday life, experience, meaning, identities and interactions, practice, language, research problematics, sociological theory


Up to now we have presented overviews of the historical context of race and racism (Chapter 1), definitions and conceptualisations of racism (Chapter 2) and legislative issues (Chapter 3). In this chapter we want to do three things. First, we shall draw together some of the key themes and central issues outlined in Chapters 13 that we feel are important to bear in mind before setting about your research into race and racism. Second, we want to look at how these issues may manifest themselves in and as part of everyday contemporary society. Third, we want to point to some fundamental research ...

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