An Introduction

© 2010 | 216 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

"A very clear and engaging introduction to a contemporary analysis of 'race' and racism(s). This text effectively combines key theoretical perspectives with vivid contemporary examples."
- Dr Rebecca Barnes, University of Derby

"Fantastic book for helping students get past the stuntedness of the term 'racism' to understand the way in which racisms are part of our social practices and institutions.
- Dr Lucy Michael, Hull University

"This is a solid text, covering the topic in a thoughtful manner. Studying and teaching racism is a complex issue, and this book is a very good resource."
- Dr Sanjay Sharma, Brunel University

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: An Introduction 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, this book:

  • 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 toward sources of further web and text based information.

Engaging and accessible this book provides a signposted route into key elements of contemporary debates. It is an ideal introduction for undergraduates studying 'race' and ethnicity, social divisions and stratification.

The Idea of 'Race' and the Practice of Racisms
'Race', Class and Gender
'Race', Nation, State
Institutional Racism
New Racisms
The Racialisation of Asylum
Glossary of Terms

Garner's text is to be applauded for a number of reasons. He has thoughtfully grappled with the complexities of racisms and presented them here in a way which is coherent, informed and engaging. His illustrative examples and prompts for reflection demonstrate the importance of the debates discussed for an international readership. This book will appeal to all who are keen to acquire the fundamentals about how we have arrived at our contemporary understanding of racisms
Muzammil Quraishi
University of Salford

In this novel textbook Steve Garner guides students innovatively through an important array of racial, ethnic, class, and gender issues, often with attention to intersectional issues or cross-national comparisons. Few textbooks have the international savvy this provides for topics from institutional racism and racialization to immigration and Islamophobia. An overview text, this will be of great use to instructors who seek to provoke undergraduates into thinking deeply about these challenging, critical-for-society issues
Joe Feagin
Texas A&M University, USA

This offers useful material and current examples for thinking about racism in different social contexts.

Dr Sonya Sharma
Criminology and Sociology, Kingston University
April 10, 2014

A comprehensive book which covers interesting and contemporary debates in the field. A splendid piece of work.

Mr Rashid Aziz
Department of Law and Criminal Justice, Canterbury Christ Church University
March 1, 2014

A well written book taking students and those interested in understanding the nature of racisms across the social sciences and social work disciplines.

Dr Bridget Ng'andu
Social Work Department, Ruskin College Oxford
February 15, 2014

Good book. It didn't fit where my students are at the moment. I will definitely reconsider as I rethink the ways in which I teach sociology of race.

Professor Don Sawyer
Sociology Anthropology Dept, Quinnipiac University
May 5, 2013

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