Racecraft: The Soul of Inequality in American Life (MP3 CD)

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Why do Americans tend to accept the premise that divisions between America's social strata are due to race? Why don't we more accurately attribute such divisions to racism? Here's why.

— Will


Most people assume that racism grows from a perception of human difference: the fact of race gives rise to the practice of racism. Sociologist Karen E. Fields and historian Barbara J. Fields argue otherwise: the practice of racism produces the illusion of race, through what they call "racecraft." And this phenomenon is intimately entwined with other forms of inequality in American life. So pervasive are the devices of racecraft in American history, economic doctrine, politics, and everyday thinking that the presence of racecraft itself goes unnoticed. That the promised post-racial age has not dawned, the authors argue, reflects the failure of Americans to develop a legitimate language for thinking about and discussing inequality. That failure should worry everyone who cares about democratic institutions.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781541463493
ISBN-10: 1541463498
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Publication Date: August 31st, 2017
Language: English