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Key Concepts in Race and Ethnicity



September 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.

 
Introduction
Why a New Book on Race and Ethnicity?

 
Carving Nature at its Joints

 
Identity and Dispersion

 
Reflexivity

 
How to Use This Book

 
 
ANTISEMITISM
The Object-Subject Distinction

 
From Bigitory to Racism

 
Hierarchies and the New Antisemitism

 
 
BLACKNESS
An Etymology of Blackness

 
Blackness and Double Consciousness

 
Blackness as a Political Identity

 
The Black Atlantic

 
 
CITIZENSHIP
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

 
 
DIASPORA
Co-Ordinates of Diaspora

 
Diaspora and Groups

 
Diasporic Space

 
 
EQUALITIES AND INEQUALITIES
Foot Races And Starting Lines

 
Groups and Experiences

 
Recognition or Redistribution

 
 
ETHNICITY
Subjectivities and Primoridalisms

 
Ethnic Boundaries And Ethnic Assertiveness

 
New and Old Ethnicities

 
Boundaries and Drawbacks

 
 
EURO-ISLAM
Euro-Islam as Multidirectional Process

 
Euro-Islam as Muslim Adaptation

 
Re-Locating the Muslim Subject

 
 
HEALTH AND WELLBEING
Ethnicity and Health

 
Disease and Categories

 
Ethnic Variations

 
 
HYBRIDITY
Hybridity as Translation

 
Hybritity as Identity

 
 
INTEGRATION
Two Uses

 
Diversity and Integration

 
Integration as a Vortex Issue

 
 
INTERCULTURALISM
Communication Beyond Co-Existence?

 
Free From Cultural Groups

 
A Stronger Sense of the Whole

 
Illiberalism And Culture

 
 
INTERSECTIONALITY
Structural Or Political Intersectionality?

 
Intra-Categorical, Anti-Categorical, and Inter-Categorical

 
Unitary, Multiple and Intersectional

 
 
ISLAMOPHOBIA
Challenges and Responses

 
Intersectional Islamophobia: Gender & Civilisation

 
 
MIGRATION
Recent Trends in Migration

 
Three Ages of Mass Migration

 
Theorising Migration

 
 
MIXEDNESS
Mixedness as Population Change

 
Mixedness as Racial Formation

 
 
MULTICULTURALISM
A Philiosphical Rationale

 
Political Provenance(s)

 
Intellectual Calibrations

 
Known Knowns, Known Unknowns

 
The Backlash and Beyond

 
 
NATIONALISM
Nationalism and the State

 
What is a Nation?

 
Imagined Communities

 
Ethnies And Pre-Modernity

 
The Bad and the Banal

 
 
ORIENTALISM
Muslim Society

 
A Style of Thought

 
Neo-Orientalism?

 
 
POLITICAL PARTICIPATION
The Function Of Political Rights

 
Political Participation as the Franchise

 
Securing Representation

 
 
POST-COLONIALISM
Post or Present?

 
Politics, Culture or Both?

 
Addressing or Ignoring the Post-Colonial?

 
 
RACE
History and Categorisation

 
A Biological Category

 
Post-Race or the Paradox of Race?

 
 
RACE RELATIONS
Origins

 
British Race Relations

 
Six Orders of Race Relations

 
Status and Party

 
 
RACIALISATION
Intellectual Provenances

 
Historical Racialisation

 
Contemporary Racialisation

 
Positive Racialisaiton and Model Minorities

 
Institutional Racism

 
 
RECOGNITION
The Range of Recognition

 
Phenomenology and Ethics

 
Critical Theory and Race

 
Multicultural Turns

 
Democratic Participation

 
The Emergence of Misrecognition

 
 
SECULARISM
Contemporary Meanings

 
Secularism and State

 
Securalism And Autonomy

 
Secularism and Citizenship

 
Postsecularism

 
 
SUPER-DIVERSITY
A Concept For Our Time

 
What is New that is ‘Super’?

 
 
TRANSNATIONALISM
Social Morphology and Consciousness

 
Cultural Reproduction and Capital

 
Political Engagement and Space

 
 
WHITENESS
White or Western?

 
Racial Supremacy and Privilege

 
Class and Negotiating Identity

 
Secularisation

 
The Conditions of Transnationalism

 

I would recommend this book to students studying any humanities and/or social science modules. It is insightful, current, well-structured and easy to read. Students will find engaging with key concepts easy and interesting throughout this book.

Miss Andrea Walker
Health and Community Studies , University of Bolton
March 17, 2015

A very clear overview of key concepts. It's the single text I recommend to students if they want to buy a book for the first year module Understanding Race.

Ben Pitcher
Department of Sociology, Westminster University
February 17, 2015

This is an excellent book for those who believe in the existence of racismS. For those who understand race as an hierarchical ideology based on phenotype difference, the book engages the reader by conflating classical ideas with more contemporaries understandings of nationalism and ethnicity.

Mr Dennis Hamilton
Humanities, Bournville College of Further Education
December 28, 2014

This book is truly accessible for younger undergraduate students. It covers several concepts in the field of race and ethnicity research which are central to Peace and Conflict Studies. It is especially important that further reading is suggested for each concept. The book will be included into recommended reading for the students attending "Civil society actors in local, national and international contexts" course in the third semester of the Peace and Conflict Studies Programme at Malmö University. The librarians will be asked to buy this book also as E-book.

Professor Maja Povrzanovic Frykman
Global Political Studies, Malmö University
December 22, 2014

A very helpful text that I recommend to both undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Mr David Skinner
Dept of Sociology & Politics, Anglia Ruskin University
December 18, 2014

I am hoping that this text will be on the reading list of our new Ed Std course.

Mr Imran Mogra
Faculty of Education (Perry Barr), Birmingham City University
December 18, 2014

book recommended as supplementary reading for students who want to explore further .
library copy requested

Mr Hansa Jethwa
Faculty of Education, Health, Sciences, Derby University
December 17, 2014

This book is very useful for introducing the ideas of race and ethnicity for the first year sociology students. The book reflects on a wide range of topics from race and ethnicity to identities, different forms of racism, nationalism and migration and covers well both theoretical approaches to race and ethnicity as well as more recent developments in the way ethnicity and race are being conceptualised.

Dr Marina Shapira
school of applied, Stirling University
November 28, 2014

An excellent overview of key and current concepts pertinent to the field

Dr Jon Mulholland
Department of Criminology, Middlesex University
October 29, 2014

A must read for those new to the area of race and Ethnicity. This is a book well suited for students, Practitioners and Academics. It provides a critical reflection on key concepts in race and ethnicity. Certainly on my reading list.

Dr Bridget Ng'andu
Social Work Department, Ruskin College Oxford
September 20, 2014

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