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Systemic Racism in America Sociological Theory, Education Inequality, and Social Change

Edited By Rashawn Ray, Hoda Mahmoudi Copyright 2022
    246 Pages 9 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    246 Pages 9 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

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    Racist policies are identified as "opportunity killers," and the disparities created by them often have racism sustained through race-neutral policies. Systemic Racism in America: Sociological Theory, Education Inequality, and Social Change situates our contemporary moment within a historical framework and works to identify forms, occurrences, and consequences of racism as well as argue for concrete solutions to address it.

    This volume assembles renowned and thought-provoking social scientists to address the destructive impacts of structural racism and the recent, incendiary incidents that have driven racial injustice and racial inequality to the fore of public discussion and debate. The book is organized into three parts to explore and explain the ways in which racism persists, permeates, and operates within our society. The first part presents theoretical perspectives to analyze the roots and manifestation of contemporary racism; the second concentrates on educational inequality and structural issues within our institutions of learning that have led to stark racial disparities; and the third and final section focuses on solutions to our current state and how people, regardless of their race, can advocate for racial equity.

    Urgent and needed, Systemic Racism in America is valuable reading for students and scholars in the social sciences, as well as informed readers with an interest in racism and racial inequality and a passion to end it.

    Acknowledgements  Introduction  Part I: Systemic Racism and Sociological Theory  1. The Past in the Present: Slavery’s Long Shadow   Hoda Mahmoudi  2. The Problem of Racism in "Post-Racial" America  Eduardo Bonilla-Silva and Liann Yamashita  3. W.E.B. Du Bois at the Center: From Science, Civil Rights Movement, to Black Lives Matter  Aldon Morris  4. Make America White Again: The Racial Reasoning of American Nationalism  Matthew W. Hughey and Michael L. Rosino  Part II: Systemic Racism and Education Inequality  5. Systemic Racism in Education Requires Multidimensional Solutions  Prudence L. Carter  6. Why did Convergence of the Achievement Gap Stop?: Macroeconomic Change, Policy, and Racial Avoidance  Odis Johnson, Jr.  7. Seeing Our Most Vulnerable Homeless Students: The Impact of Systemic Racism on the Education of Black Homeless Youth in the United States  Earl J. Edwards and Pedro Noguera  Part III: Systemic Racism and Social Change  8. Pursuing Racial Justice on Predominantly White Campuses: Divergent Institutional Responses to Racially Palatable and Racially Conscious Students  Chandra V. Reyna  9. Black Lives Matter in Polarized News Media: Politics, Policing, Prejudice, and Protest  Simone N. Durham  10. Forging Alliances, Seeking Justice: How Relatively Privileged Young People Imagine and Build Solidarity across Differences  Beth Douthirt Cohen  11. Forming a Racially Inclusive Sociological Imagination: Becoming a Racial Equity Learner, Racial Equity Advocate, and Racial Equity Broker  Rashawn Ray  Epilogue


    Rashawn Ray is Professor of Sociology and Director of the Lab for Applied Social Science Research at University of Maryland. He is also a Senior Fellow at The Brookings Institution. Ray has published over 50 academic publications and over 50 op-eds.

    Hoda Mahmoudi is Research Professor and Chair at the Baha’I Chair for World Peace at the University of Maryland. Mahmoudi is the co-author of numerous books on human rights.