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The White Racial Frame

Centuries of Racial Framing and Counter-Framing, 3rd Edition

By Joe R. Feagin

Routledge

304 pages

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In this book Joe Feagin extends the systemic racism framework in previous Routledge books by developing an innovative concept, the white racial frame. Now four centuries-old, this white racial frame encompasses not only the stereotyping, bigotry, and racist ideology emphasized in other theories of "race," but also the visual images, array of emotions, sounds of accented language, interlinking interpretations and narratives, and inclinations to discriminate that are still central to the frame’s everyday operations. Deeply imbedded in American minds and institutions, this white racial frame has for centuries functioned as a broad worldview, one essential to the routine legitimation, scripting, and maintenance of systemic racism in the United States. Here Feagin examines how and why this white racial frame emerged in North America, how and why it has evolved socially over time, which racial groups are framed within it, how it has operated in the past and in the present for both white Americans and Americans of color, and how the latter have long responded with strategies of resistance that include enduring counter-frames.

In this new edition, Feagin has included much new interview material and other data from recent research studies on framing issues related to white, black, Latino, and Asian Americans, and on society generally. The book also includes a new discussion of the impact of the white frame on popular culture, including on movies, video games, and television programs as well as a discussion of the white racial frame’s significant impacts on public policymaking, immigration, the environment, health care, and crime and imprisonment issues.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction

1. The White Racial Frame

2. Building the Racist Foundation: Colonialism, Genocide, and Slavery

3. Creating a White Racial Frame: The First Century

4. Extending the White Frame: The Eighteenth Century to the Twentieth Century

5. The Contemporary White Racial Frame

6. The Frame in Everyday Operation

7. The Frame in Institutional Operation: Bureaucratization of Oppression

8. Counter-Framing: Americans of Color

9. Toward a Truly Multiracial Democracy: Thinking and Acting Outside the White Frame

Suggestions for Further Reading

Index

About the Author

Joe R. Feagin is Ella C. McFadden Professor at Texas A & M University. Feagin has done much research on racism and sexism issues for forty-nine years and has served as the Scholar-in-Residence at the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. He has written 59 scholarly books and more than 200 scholarly articles in his research areas, and one of his books (Ghetto Revolts) was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. His recent books include Systemic Racism (Routledge 2006) and White Party, White Government (Routledge 2012). He is the 2006 recipient of a Harvard alumni association’s lifetime achievement award and was the 1999–2000 president of the American Sociological Association.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOC001000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / African American Studies
SOC008000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General
SOC020000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Minority Studies
SOC026000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General