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Key Concepts in Race and Ethnicity

Key Concepts in Race and Ethnicity

August 2014 | 176 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

"A conceptually power-packed volume that is at once erudite and accessible, expansive and focused, true to sociological traditions yet stimulatingly exploratory. Scholars and students will be served very well by this absorbing, far-reaching enquiry into ethnicity and race."
- Raymond Taras, Tulane University

“[W]hat Meer offers with this distinctive new volume is a brief survey of the academic approach to key subjects in this area. For example, the entry titled ‘Racialisation’ opens with the provenance of the subject in the works of W. E. B. Du Bois and Frantz Fanon; then Meer traces debates about whether the concept can be projected back upon history... Meer offers in-depth coverage of 28 concepts, including ‘Citizenship,’ ‘Hybridity,’ ‘Intersectionality,’ ‘Post-colonialism,’ ‘Transnationalism,’ and more… Students wanting a guide into the deeper realms of academic theorizing on race and ethnicity will be well served.”
- G. A. Lancaster, Choice

This book offers an accessible discussion of both foundational and novel concepts in the study of race and ethnicity. Each account will help readers become familiar with how long standing and contemporary arguments within race and ethnicity studies contribute to our understanding of social and political life more broadly. 

Providing an excellent starting point with which to understand the contemporary relevance of these concepts, Nasar Meer offers an up-to-date and engaging consideration of everyday examples from around the world.

This is an indispensable guide for both students and established researchers interested in the study of race and ethnicity.

Why a New Book on Race and Ethnicity?  
Carving Nature at its Joints  
Identity and Dispersion  
How to Use This Book  
The Object-Subject Distinction  
From Bigitory to Racism  
Hierarchies and the New Antisemitism  
An Etymology of Blackness  
Blackness and Double Consciousness  
Blackness as a Political Identity  
The Black Atlantic  
The Challenge Of Citizenship  
What the Greeks and Romans Did For Us  
Marshall and Beyond: Equality and Culture  
National and Post-National Citzenship  
Citizenship and New Social Movements  
Co-Ordinates of Diaspora  
Diaspora and Groups  
Diasporic Space  
Foot Races And Starting Lines  
Groups and Experiences  
Recognition or Redistribution  
Subjectivities and Primoridalisms  
Ethnic Boundaries And Ethnic Assertiveness  
New and Old Ethnicities  
Boundaries and Drawbacks  
Euro-Islam as Multidirectional Process  
Euro-Islam as Muslim Adaptation  
Re-Locating the Muslim Subject  
Ethnicity and Health  
Disease and Categories  
Ethnic Variations  
Hybridity as Translation  
Hybritity as Identity  
Two Uses  
Diversity and Integration  
Integration as a Vortex Issue  
Communication Beyond Co-Existence?  
Free From Cultural Groups  
A Stronger Sense of the Whole  
Illiberalism And Culture  
Structural Or Political Intersectionality?  
Intra-Categorical, Anti-Categorical, and Inter-Categorical  
Unitary, Multiple and Intersectional  
Challenges and Responses  
Intersectional Islamophobia: Gender & Civilisation  
Recent Trends in Migration  
Three Ages of Mass Migration  
Theorising Migration  
Mixedness as Population Change  
Mixedness as Racial Formation  
A Philiosphical Rationale  
Political Provenance(s)  
Intellectual Calibrations  
Known Knowns, Known Unknowns  
The Backlash and Beyond  
Nationalism and the State  
What is a Nation?  
Imagined Communities  
Ethnies And Pre-Modernity  
The Bad and the Banal  
Muslim Society  
A Style of Thought  
The Function Of Political Rights  
Political Participation as the Franchise  
Securing Representation  
Post or Present?  
Politics, Culture or Both?  
Addressing or Ignoring the Post-Colonial?  
History and Categorisation  
A Biological Category  
Post-Race or the Paradox of Race?  
British Race Relations  
Six Orders of Race Relations  
Status and Party  
Intellectual Provenances  
Historical Racialisation  
Contemporary Racialisation  
Positive Racialisaiton and Model Minorities  
Institutional Racism  
The Range of Recognition  
Phenomenology and Ethics  
Critical Theory and Race  
Multicultural Turns  
Democratic Participation  
The Emergence of Misrecognition  
Contemporary Meanings  
Secularism and State  
Securalism And Autonomy  
Secularism and Citizenship  
A Concept For Our Time  
What is New that is ‘Super’?  
Social Morphology and Consciousness  
Cultural Reproduction and Capital  
Political Engagement and Space  
White or Western?  
Racial Supremacy and Privilege  
Class and Negotiating Identity  
The Conditions of Transnationalism  

A conceptually power-packed volume that is at once erudite and accessible, expansive and focused, true to sociological traditions yet stimulatingly exploratory. Scholars and students will be served very well by this absorbing, far-reaching enquiry into ethnicity and race.

Raymond Taras
Tulane University

An excellent book both for those who are new to the study of race and ethnicity and for established scholars. It will no doubt be the text of choice on many courses and by many students.

Tariq Modood
University of Bristol

A fresh and critical take on key concepts and ideas in the field of race and ethnicity. Nasar Meer’s account is a must for all students who are interested in deepening their understanding and it will become an important point of reference.

John Solomos
University of Warwick

This concise, profound, and beautifully written book offers a tour de force across the landscape of race and ethnicity by a young author who masters them all.

Per Mouritsen
Aarhus University

The scope of selection truly demonstrates the profound intersections of racial issues with everyday phenomena and the general ubiquity of racial politics... this book successfully outlines the dynamics of the field and provides an excellent account of key concepts of essential topics of 'race' and ethnicity. Either as an engaging introduction to the discipline or a succinct reference to extend knowledge, the book is likely to appeal to a readership from within and beyond sociology; to undergraduates and researchers alike.

Mengxi Pang, University of Glasgow

This work provides an extensive overview of contemporary discussions relating to race, ethnicity and religion. This topic needs to be addressed consistently throughout undergraduate and post graduate health care programmes. The structure of this publication allows specific reading in relation to a particular topic. In this way it lends itself for self-directed learning.

Dr Philip Esterhuizen
School of Healthcare, Leeds University
July 3, 2015

any excellent book that deals with complicated issues in a clear and challenging way. I have used this book across many subjects in health and social work.

Graham Ixer
Health and Social Care, Winchester University
June 19, 2015

Thank you Nasar for putting this book together. Really helpful in understanding concepts. Have enjoyed reading the part on 'Whiteness'.

Dr Bridget Ng'andu
Social Work, Ruskin College Oxford
June 13, 2015

There was a clear definition of terms. Additionally, I was able to use the text as a foundational resource for multiple lectures. Specifically, I have used the chapter on citizenship for lectures on policy and community organizing

Mr Jason Plummer
Social Work Dept, California St Univ-Los Angeles
May 29, 2015

This is a very useful book for my third year Cultures of Race and Racism course and I may use it for a three week block in a first year social divisions course too. Clear and accessible - perfect for undergraduates

Dr Victoria Redclift
Department of Sociology, Surrey University
May 28, 2015

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