This fourth edition of Racist America is significantly revised and updated, with an eye toward racism issues arising regularly in our contemporary era. This edition incorporates many recent research studies and reports on U.S. racial issues that update and enhance the last edition’s chapters. It expands the discussion and data on social science concepts such as intersectionality and gendered racism, as well as the concepts of the white racial frame, systemic racism, and the elite-white-male dominance system from research studies by Joe Feagin and his colleagues. The authors have further polished the book and added more examples, anecdotes, and narratives about contemporary racism to make it yet more readable for undergraduates. Student objectives, summaries, key terms, and study questions are available under the e-Resources tab at www.routledge.com/9781138096042.
Table of Contents
Contents. Preface. Acknowledgements. 1. Systemic Racism: A Comprehensive Perspective. 2. Slavery Unwilling to Die: The Historical Development of Systemic Racism. 3. The White Racial Frame: A Social Force. 4. Contemporary Racial Framing: White Americans. 5. Racial Oppression Today: Everyday Practice. 6. More Racial Oppression: Other Institutional Sectors. 7. White Privileges and Black Burdens: Still Systemic Racism. 8. Systemic Racism: Other Americans of Color. 9. Antiracist Strategies and Solutions: Past, Present, and Future. Notes. Index.
Joe R. Feagin is Distinguished Professor and Ella C. McFadden Professor in Sociology at Texas A&M University. Feagin has done research on racism and sexism issues for decades. He has written or co-written 70 scholarly books and 200 scholarly articles in his research areas, and one of his books (Ghetto Revolts) was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. His numerous Routledge books include Systemic Racism: A Theory of Oppression (Routledge, 2006); The White Racial Frame (second edition, Routledge, 2013); Racist America (third edition, Routledge, 2014); and Elite White Men Ruling (Routledge, 2017), with Kimberley Ducey. Feagin is the recipient of the Soka Gakkai International-USA Social Justice Award, the American Association for Affirmative Action’s Arthur Fletcher Lifetime Achievement Award, the American Sociological Association’s W. E. B. Du Bois Career of Distinguished Scholarship Award, the American Sociological Association’s Cox-Johnson-Frazier Scholarship Award, and just recently, the American Sociological Association's Public Understanding of Sociology Award. He is a past president of the American Sociological Association.
Kimberley Ducey is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Winnipeg in Manitoba. Her research, teaching, and activism focuses on race, ethnicity, Indigenous relations, class, gender, and masculinity. She is a recipient of Québec’s Forces AVENIR Scholar-Activist Award, the University of Windsor’s Students Special Needs Campus Community Recognition Award, and various Teaching Excellence Awards from the University of Windsor and Université McGill. Her books include Liberation Sociology (Paradigm, 2015), with Joe R. Feagin and Hernán Vera; Elite White Men Ruling (Routledge, 2017), with Joe R. Feagin; and Systemic Racism Theory: Making Liberty, Justice, and Democracy Real (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017), edited with Ruth Thompson-Miller.
With the rise of Trump, ethno-nationalism has become a tolerable perspective amongst far too many scholars and universities. This newly updated edition of Racist America explains why the racist climate in the United States is a deliberate and historically designed pattern of domination intimately tied to American democracy. The racism of America requires an unflinching and courageous analysis like that offered by Feagin and Ducey. The additions to the text exploring the racist backlash against the Obama presidency and the organization of white society around this political event offer readers much too think about. Much like the timelessness of white violence against Blacks, Feagin and Ducey have shown the enduring accuracy of, and need for, their analysis.
Dr. Tommy Curry, Philosophy, Texas A&M University
Racist America is simply the most comprehensive, concise, and useful textbook on systemic racism in the United States. With its direct and explicit focus on systemic racism, this classic in racism studies boldly navigates students beyond the confusing discursive maze of racism-evasive language like "race" and the "race issues." For more than a decade now, I have used previous editions in my racism courses with great success. I look forward to the many new insights of this new fourth edition of Racist America.
Noel Cazenave, Sociology, University of Connecticut
Racist America offers a timely, accessible, and engaging overview of the intersections of race and power in the United States. It provides both a comprehensive history of racism and a dynamic survey of contemporary issues. Of particular value, the new edition augments its established account of systematic racism with the notion of racial framing, a powerful tool for understanding the interplay of structure, ideology, and identity.
Richard King, Humanities, History, and Social Sciences, Columbia College Chicago
Racist America forces readers to take a hard look at the schizophrenic worlds we live in regarding race. Through use of historical analysis and current sociological research Feagin develops a "white frame" that decodes contemporary racist practices. Feagin and Ducey's book is modern day Rosetta Stone for understanding why and how racial inequality is maintained and reproduced.
Charles A. Gallagher, Professor and Chair, Sociology and Criminal Justice, La Salle University
Racist America provides multi-disciplinary analysis of "systemic racism" for my classes (Race and Racism). I wholeheartedly endorse this new edition with its addition of examples in family wealth racial disparities, institutional reformulation, "other Americans of color", and symbolic racism in sports media, with "framing" emanating from "founding fathers" and "constitutional" racism.
James V. Fenelon, Sociology, Director of Center for Indigenous Peoples Studies, California State University, San Bernardino
The creative and consistent narratives of Racist America draw attention to the prevalence and subtlety of systemic racism in contemporary U.S. With highly informative and insightful updates, the authors once again chart a superb and fascinating critique of the production, reproduction, and operation of systemic racism in the U.S. This powerful book is a must read.
Anita Kalunta-Crumpton, Administration of Justice, Texas Southern University
In what has become Joe Feagin’s classic book in the sociology of race and critical studies of racism, Racist America carries out one of the most thorough and compelling portraits of racial inequality that exists in any discipline. From housing to education, the labor market to civil rights, the pervasiveness of racism provided here should put to rest the suggestion that racism is a deviance from the democratic norm. Both systemic and systematic, racism is thus understood as central to U.S. nation creation and the maintenance of a racialized order. Using analytic rigor and evidence, and now ably helped by co-author Kimberley Ducey, Feagin's book remains the authoritative book for all students and scholars who are serious in taking on the academic study of race and racism.
Zeus Leonardo, Professor and Associate Dean of Education, UC Berkeley, and Author of Race Frameworks
In clear and accessible prose, Feagin and Ducey summarize the latest research on discrimination in employment, housing markets, and the criminal justice system. Anyone inclined to believe that the United States is fast becoming a "color-blind" society will be disabused of that notion after reading this book.
Matthew Nichter, Sociology, Rollins College
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