1st Edition

Revealing Britain’s Systemic Racism
The Case of Meghan Markle and the Royal Family

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ISBN 9780367765415
March 27, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
544 Pages

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Book Description

Revealing Britain’s Systemic Racism applies an existing scholarly paradigm (systemic racism and the White Racial Frame) to assess the implications of Markle’s entry and place in the British royal family, including an analysis that bears on visual and material culture. The White Racial Frame, as it manifests in the U.K., represents an important lens to map and examine contemporary racism and related inequities. By questioning the long-held, but largely anecdotal beliefs about racial progressiveness in the U.K., the authors provide an original counter-narrative about how Markle’s experiences as a biracial member of the royal family can help illumine contemporary forms of racism in Britain. Revealing Britain’s Systemic Racism identifies and documents the plethora of ways systemic racism continues to shape ecological spaces in the U.K. Kimberley Ducey and Joe Feagin challenge romanticized notions of racial inclusivity, by applying Feagin’s long-established work, aiming to make a unique and significant contribution to literature in sociology and in various other disciplines.

Table of Contents

1. Systemic Racism: Britain Now and Then
2. Straight Out of the White Racial Frame
3. Post-Racial Duchess or Trophy Wife of Diversity?
4. White Men Ruling and the Problem with Meghan Markle 
5. Feminist Counter-Framer and Anti-Racist Counter-Framer: Disrupter of Elite White Dominance
6. “Where Is This Racism You Keep Talking About?”: Sincere Fictions of the Virtuous White Self
7. Concluding Thoughts: The Royals, British Racism, and the Coronavirus Pandemic

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Dr. Kimberley Ducey is Associate Professor of sociology at the University of Winnipeg in Manitoba, Canada. She is a public sociologist, whose work has appeared in such journals as Canadian Ethnic Studies, Critical Criminology, and Genocide Studies and Prevention. Her work also appears in Animal Oppression, the Routledge Handbook of Public Criminologies, the Cambridge Handbook of Sociology, the Handbook of the Sociology of Racial and Ethnic Relations, the Handbook on Public Sociology, and Educating for Critical Consciousness. Her other books with Joe R. Feagin include Racist America (4th ed., Routledge Press, 2019), Elite White Men Ruling (Routledge Press, 2017), and Liberation Sociology – also with Hernán Vera (3rd ed., 2014). Dr. Ducey has edited two books, George Yancy: A Critical Reader (2021, with C. Headley and J. Feagin) and Systemic Racism Theory: Making Liberty, Justice, and Democracy Real (2017, with R. Thompson-Miller).


Dr. Joe R. Feagin is Distinguished Professor and Ella C. McFadden Professor in sociology at Texas A & M University. He has done much internationally recognized research on U.S. racism, sexism, and political economy issues. He has written or co-written 74 scholarly books and 200-plus scholarly articles in his social science areas. His books include Systemic Racism (Routledge 2006), White Party, White Government (Routledge 2012), Latinos Facing Racism (Routledge 2014, with J. Cobas), How Blacks Built America (Routledge 2015), Elite White Men Ruling (Routledge 2017, with K. Ducey), Racist America (4th ed., Routledge 2019, with K. Ducey), Rethinking Diversity Frameworks in Higher Education (Routledge, 2020, with E. Chun), and The White Racial Frame (3rd ed., Routledge 2020). He is the recipient of a 2012 Soka Gakkai International-USA Social Justice Award, the 2013 American Association for Affirmative Action’s Arthur Fletcher Lifetime Achievement Award, and three major American Sociological Association awards: W. E. B. Du Bois Career of Distinguished Scholarship Award, the Cox-Johnson-Frazier Award (for research in the African American scholarly tradition), and the Public Understanding of Sociology Award. He was the 1999-2000 president of the American Sociological Association.