Racism without Racists
Color-Blind Racism and the Persistence of Racial Inequality in America
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Eduardo Bonilla-Silva is professor and chair of the Sociology department at Duke University. The recipient of the American Sociological Association’s Cox-Johnson-Frasier award and the Lewis A. Coser award for theoretical agenda-setting, he is author or co-editor of several books, including White Logic, White Methods.
Eduardo Bonilla-Silva’s acclaimed Racism without Racists documents how, beneath our contemporary conversation about race, lies a full-blown arsenal of arguments, phrases, and stories that whites use to account for—and ultimately justify—racial inequalities. This provocative book explodes the belief that America is now a color-blind society.
The fourth edition adds a chapter on what Bonilla-Silva calls "the new racism," which provides the essential foundation to explore issues of race and ethnicity in more depth. This edition also updates Bonilla-Silva’s assessment of race in America after President Barack Obama’s re-election. Obama’s presidency, Bonilla-Silva argues, does not represent a sea change in race relations, but rather embodies disturbing racial trends of the past.
In this fourth edition, Racism without Racists will continue to challenge readers and stimulate discussion about the state of race in America today.
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
; July 2013
384 pages; ISBN 9781442220560Read online
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Title: Racism without Racists
Author: Eduardo Bonilla-Silva
Preface to the Fourth Edition
1. The Strange Enigma of Race in Contemporary America
2. The New Racism: The U.S. Racial Structure Since the 1960s
3. The Central Frames of Color-Blind Racism
4. The Style of Color Blindness: How to Talk Nasty about Minorities without Sounding Racist
5. “I Didn’t Get That Job Because of a Black Man”: Color-Blind Racism’s Racial Stories
6. Peeking Inside the (White) House of Color Blindness: The Significance of Whites’ Segregation
7. Are All Whites Refined Archie Bunkers? An Examination of White Racial Progressives
8. Are Blacks Color Blind, Too?
9. E Pluribus Unum, or the Same Old Perfume in a New Bottle? On the Future of Racial Stratification in the United States
10 Race Matters in Obamerica: The Sweet (but Deadly) Enchantment of Color Blindness in Black Face
11 “The (Color-Blind) Emperor Has No Clothes”: Exposing the Whiteness of Color Blindness
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In the press
Each edition of Bonilla-Silva's now classic Racism without Racists has brought with it updates that underline its contemporary relevance. This fourth edition is no different: it takes a sharply critical look at Obama's reelection, and is updated wherever possible with new statistics. However, what makes this edition especially useful is an additional chapter, 'The New Racism: The U.S. Racial Structure since the 1960s.' The preface notes that this is because Racism without Racists sometimes functions as the only book on race in many college classrooms. In this new chapter, Bonilla-Silva (Texas A&M) traces the legacy of the US past into the present, exploring institutions that have helped perpetuate racial inequality and segregation in housing, education, political life, the prison system, and other areas. The author also provides a survey of various forms of contemporary economic inequality, social segmentation, and control. While no single book is likely to include enough relevant material about race, Bonilla-Silva's attempt comes very close. Displaying the author's trademark sense of humor and unflinching critique of the ideology and discourse that continue to fuel racial inequality today, this edition will be satisfying to newcomers as well to those who have already used this book for years. Summing Up: Essential. All levels/libraries.