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Colorblind Racism

  • ID: 4471253
  • Book
  • September 2018
  • 200 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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How can colorblindness  the idea that race does not matter  be racist? This engaging book introduces the paradox of colorblind racism and explores how dismissing or downplaying the realities of race and racism can perpetuate racial inequality and violence.

Drawing on a range of theoretical approaches and real–life examples, Meghan Burke shows colorblind racism to be a defining feature of much contemporary racism in the United States and beyond. Starting with an investigation of what is meant by colorblind racism, Burke explains what is at stake in the many areas of institutional and everyday life where it comes into play, its role in the history of racism, and its effects on how we talk about and treat race today. Engaging with recent critiques of colorblind racism, the book shows the limitations of this framework and how a deeper, more careful study of colorblindness is needed to reveal more about the persistence of racism and how it may be challenged.

This accessible book will be an invaluable overview of a key phenomenon for students across the social sciences, and its far–reaching insights will appeal to all interested in the social life of race and racism.
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  • Chapter 1: Introduction
  • Definition and Core Features
  • Early Studies of the New Racism
  • Bonilla–Silva s Racism Without Racists
  • Methods of Study
  • The Rise and Fall of Post–racial Politics: Race and Contemporary Politics
  • The Urgency of New Frontiers
  • Chapter 2: Colorblindness in Historical Context
  • The Evolution of US Racism
  • Study of Racism in the Social Sciences
  • Colorblindness and Growing Racial Inequality
  • Chapter 3: Colorblindness in Divergent Contexts
  • Colorblindness in Institutions
  • Colorblindness in Law and Policy
  • Colorblindness in Culture
  • Taking Stock of What We Know
  • Chapter 4: Contested Colorblindness
  • Variations Around and Across the Color Line
  • Variations in Social Contexts
  • Backstage Racism, Racial Codes, and Overt Expressions
  • New Questions about the New Racism
  • Chapter 5: New Directions
  • Colorblind Variations, Identities, and Continuums
  • The White Elephant in the Room
  • Challenging Contemporary Racism
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Meghan Burke
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