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Key Concepts in Race and Ethnicity

Key Concepts in Race and Ethnicity

August 2014 | 176 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
"A conceptually power-packed volume that is at once erudite and accessible, expansive and focused, true to sociological traditions yet stimulatingly exploratory. Scholars and students will be served very well by this absorbing, far-reaching enquiry into ethnicity and race."
- Raymond Taras, Tulane University

"This concise, profound, and beautifully written book offers a tour de force across the landscape of race and ethnicity by a young author who masters them all."
- Per Mouritsen, Aarhus University

This book offers an accessible discussion of both foundational and novel concepts in the study of race and ethnicity. Each account will help readers become familiar with how long standing and contemporary arguments within race and ethnicity studies contribute to our understanding of social and political life more broadly.

Providing an excellent starting point with which to understand the contemporary relevance of these concepts, Nasar Meer offers an up-to-date and engaging consideration of everyday examples from around the world. This is an indispensable guide for both students and established researchers interested in the study of race and ethnicity.
Why a New Book on Race and Ethnicity?

Carving Nature at its Joints

Identity and Dispersion


How to Use This Book

The Object-Subject Distinction

From Bigitory to Racism

Hierarchies and the New Antisemitism

An Etymology of Blackness

Blackness and Double Consciousness

Blackness as a Political Identity

The Black Atlantic

The Challenge Of Citizenship

What the Greeks and Romans Did For Us

Marshall and Beyond: Equality and Culture

National and Post-National Citzenship

Citizenship and New Social Movements

Co-Ordinates of Diaspora

Diaspora and Groups

Diasporic Space

Foot Races And Starting Lines

Groups and Experiences

Recognition or Redistribution

Subjectivities and Primoridalisms

Ethnic Boundaries And Ethnic Assertiveness

New and Old Ethnicities

Boundaries and Drawbacks

Euro-Islam as Multidirectional Process

Euro-Islam as Muslim Adaptation

Re-Locating the Muslim Subject

Ethnicity and Health

Disease and Categories

Ethnic Variations

Hybridity as Translation

Hybritity as Identity

Two Uses

Diversity and Integration

Integration as a Vortex Issue

Communication Beyond Co-Existence?

Free From Cultural Groups

A Stronger Sense of the Whole

Illiberalism And Culture

Structural Or Political Intersectionality?

Intra-Categorical, Anti-Categorical, and Inter-Categorical

Unitary, Multiple and Intersectional

Challenges and Responses

Intersectional Islamophobia: Gender & Civilisation

Recent Trends in Migration

Three Ages of Mass Migration

Theorising Migration

Mixedness as Population Change

Mixedness as Racial Formation

A Philiosphical Rationale

Political Provenance(s)

Intellectual Calibrations

Known Knowns, Known Unknowns

The Backlash and Beyond

Nationalism and the State

What is a Nation?

Imagined Communities

Ethnies And Pre-Modernity

The Bad and the Banal

Muslim Society

A Style of Thought


The Function Of Political Rights

Political Participation as the Franchise

Securing Representation

Post or Present?

Politics, Culture or Both?

Addressing or Ignoring the Post-Colonial?

History and Categorisation

A Biological Category

Post-Race or the Paradox of Race?


British Race Relations

Six Orders of Race Relations

Status and Party

Intellectual Provenances

Historical Racialisation

Contemporary Racialisation

Positive Racialisaiton and Model Minorities

Institutional Racism

The Range of Recognition

Phenomenology and Ethics

Critical Theory and Race

Multicultural Turns

Democratic Participation

The Emergence of Misrecognition

Contemporary Meanings

Secularism and State

Securalism And Autonomy

Secularism and Citizenship


A Concept For Our Time

What is New that is ‘Super’?

Social Morphology and Consciousness

Cultural Reproduction and Capital

Political Engagement and Space

White or Western?

Racial Supremacy and Privilege

Class and Negotiating Identity


The Conditions of Transnationalism


A conceptually power-packed volume that is at once erudite and accessible, expansive and focused, true to sociological traditions yet stimulatingly exploratory. Scholars and students will be served very well by this absorbing, far-reaching enquiry into ethnicity and race.

Raymond Taras
Tulane University

An excellent book both for those who are new to the study of race and ethnicity and for established scholars. It will no doubt be the text of choice on many courses and by many students.

Tariq Modood
University of Bristol

A fresh and critical take on key concepts and ideas in the field of race and ethnicity. Nasar Meer’s account is a must for all students who are interested in deepening their understanding and it will become an important point of reference.

John Solomos
University of Warwick

This concise, profound, and beautifully written book offers a tour de force across the landscape of race and ethnicity by a young author who masters them all.

Per Mouritsen
Aarhus University

The scope of selection truly demonstrates the profound intersections of racial issues with everyday phenomena and the general ubiquity of racial politics... this book successfully outlines the dynamics of the field and provides an excellent account of key concepts of essential topics of 'race' and ethnicity. Either as an engaging introduction to the discipline or a succinct reference to extend knowledge, the book is likely to appeal to a readership from within and beyond sociology; to undergraduates and researchers alike.

Mengxi Pang, University of Glasgow

Thanks for sending a physical copy. I am making use of some of the chapters in my reading lists as primers for my students.

Very helpful summaries.

Dr Sahra Taylor
Department of Sociology, City University of London
February 15, 2023

Writing is clear and concise, this book offers a lovely introduction/outline to the study of race and ethnicity. In turn, the clear layout ensures comfortable navigation and engagement with the material.

Miss Somia Bibi
School of Social Sciences, Birmingham City University
January 11, 2020

This work provides an extensive overview of contemporary discussions relating to race, ethnicity and religion. This topic needs to be addressed consistently throughout undergraduate and post graduate health care programmes. The structure of this publication allows specific reading in relation to a particular topic. In this way it lends itself for self-directed learning.

Dr Philip Esterhuizen
School of Healthcare, Leeds University
July 3, 2015

any excellent book that deals with complicated issues in a clear and challenging way. I have used this book across many subjects in health and social work.

Graham Ixer
Health and Social Care, Winchester University
June 19, 2015

Thank you Nasar for putting this book together. Really helpful in understanding concepts. Have enjoyed reading the part on 'Whiteness'.

Dr Bridget Ng'andu
Social Work, Ruskin College Oxford
June 13, 2015

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