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An Introduction

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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 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.

Focussing 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 signposted route into key elements of contemporary debates.

Racisms is an ideal introduction for undergraduates studying 'race' and ethnicity, social divisions, stratification, and social work.

SAGE Publications; October 2009
217 pages; ISBN 9781446204818
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