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Chapter 49: Race
Race is a fiction and a force (Fields & Fields, 2012); its fictitiousness, far from abetting its forcefulness, buoys it. In making this claim I do not wish to imply that race is perennial, universal or inevitable. Rather, race is adaptable and as such the ‘western’ societies in which race originates are neither raceless nor postracial. There has been a failure to give race the full consideration it requires if it is to be transcended. This might seem an exaggerated statement with which to begin, given the countless words written on race and racism. However, taking sociology as indicative of the social sciences in general, despite the investment of myriad scholars, activists and educators in deconstructing and ...