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A Global View of Race and Racism

Judy Root Aulette

Publication Date - 22 August 2016

ISBN: 9780199366354

256 pages
6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

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A brief text that examines race on the global stage


A Global View of Race and Racism is the only text currently on the market that explores race and racism from a global perspective. With a clear and direct writing style, author Judy Root Aulette places an emphasis on sociological concepts as an organizing factor. Featuring nine short chapters focused on a broad range of nations around the world, this brief text examines central concepts and issues in racial/ethnic studies including apartheid, assimilation, colonialism, multi-ethnicity, caste, ethnonationalism, white frames, genocide, migration, and affirmative action. Each chapter discusses the ways in which racist structures and practices have been or are being challenged. Chapters also include critical thinking questions and highlighted key concepts and terms, which are summarized in a glossary at the end of the book.

About the Author(s)

Judy Root Aulette is Professor in the Department of Sociology and the Women's and Gender Studies Program at UNC-Charlotte. She is coauthor, with Judith Wittner, of Gendered Worlds, Third Edition (OUP, 2014); coauthor, with Anna Aulette-Root and Floretta Boonzaier, of South African Women Living with HIV: Global Lessons from Local Voices (2013); coauthor, with Katherine Carter, of Cape Verdean Women and Globalization: The Politics of Gender, Culture, and Resistance (2009); and author of Changing American Families, Third Edition (2010).


"A Global View of Race and Racism is an engaging and comprehensive supplemental text to include in a course on race and ethnicity. It goes well beyond some of the 'typical' explanations and examples of race and ethnicity and will help to broaden students' world view. This is an excellent and much needed text in this field of study!"--Janese Free, Emmanuel College

"Very few books have captivated me as did this book. It is comprehensive, articulately written, solid in concepts and theory, and panoramic in examples of the intersection of race, globalization and globalism."--Chikwendu Christian Ukaegbu, University of Wyoming

"A Global View of Race and Racism identifies and analyzes race and racism from multiple dimensions from a global perspective with interesting and engaging historical information that has contemporary relevancy."--Bobby A. Potters, University of Indianapolis

Table of Contents

    Each chapter includes Concepts and Terms and Critical Thinking Questions

    Chapter 1. Introduction to a Global View of Race and Racism
    Introductory Tools
    What is Race?
    A Question of Power
    What are Racism and White Privilege?
    Box 1.1 Examples of White Privilege
    Social Theory
    Theories about Race/Ethnicity
    Intersectionality Theory
    The Global Character of Race/Ethnicity

    Chapter 2. The Myth of Biological Races and the Social Construction of Race/Ethnicities
    Biology of Race
    The History of the Search for Race by Scientists
    Geneticists on Race among Humans
    Box 2.1Census Options for Race/Ethnicity around the World
    Box 2.2 Medical Myths about Race and Illness
    The Human Genome Project
    The Social Construction of Race/Ethnicity
    What is the Difference between Race and Ethnicity?
    What Lies Beneath?
    The Economics of Capitalism

    Chapter 3. Colonial Origins of the Concept of Race/Ethnicity: Slavery and Tribalism
    Where did the idea of Race come from?
    Justifying Slavery
    Transatlantic Slave Trade
    Box 3.1 Contested Heritage: African and African American perspectives on the Elmina
    Castle and Dungeon
    Resistance to Slavery
    Enslaved Women and Resistance to Slavery in the U.S.
    Tribalism and Colonialism
    Box 3.2 The Treaty of Berlin
    Box 3.3 Rwanda Genocide

    Chapter 4. The Caste System in India
    Castes in India
    Colonialism and Caste
    The Doctor and the Saint
    The Caste System is Illegal
    Caste Beyond India
    Caste and Racism
    NCDHR(National Campaign on Dalit Human Rights)
    Four Theories
    Gunnar Myrdal
    B. R. Ambedkar
    Oliver Cox
    World Conference Against Racism (WCAR)

    Chapter 5. Segregation/Apartheid in South Africa and Israel
    The Making of Apartheid in South Africa
    British and Dutch Vying for Control of South Africa
    Box 4.1 Some examples of apartheid rules, punishable by whippings, fines and imprisonment in South Africa in 1976
    Homelands and Removals
    Building a System of Racial/Ethnic Segregation
    De Jure and De Facto Segregation
    Maintaining the Apartheid System
    The Revolution to Abolish Apartheid
    Building a New Society
    Box 4.2 Truth and Reconciliation
    Box 4.3 International Convention on the Suppression and Punishment of the Crime of Apartheid (Articles I-III)Apartheid in Israel

    Chapter 6. Migration, Racial/Ethnic Minorities and Injustice
    Colonialism and the Creation of Middleman Minorities
    Indians in Uganda and Hong Kong
    Bonacich's Theory of Middleman Minorities
    Comparing Indonesia and Malaysia
    Britain Becomes Multicultural
    Multicultural Drift
    Box 6.1 Interculturalism in Canada
    Migration Today: Irregular and Transnational
    Box 6.2 Remittances
    NAFTA (North Atlantic Free Trade Agreement)
    Chains of Care
    Box 6.3 Colonial Mentality

    Chapter 7. Ethnonationalism, Monoethnicity, and the Shoah
    The Myth of Monoethnic Japan
    Domestic/Indigenous Minority Groups
    Old Foreigners
    Nihonjinron ("Japaneseness")
    Historical Origins of the Myth of Homogeneity and Contemporary Racism in Japan
    Activists Respond
    Box 7. 1 UN Recommendations on Immigrant Rights in Japan
    A Calamity Almost beyond Comprehension (Dubois 1945 p. 70)
    Box 7.2 Roma in Europe
    The Silent Majority
    Recognizing Human Rights

    Chapter 8. The Color Factor: Highlighting Brazil and the Dominican Republic
    From Slavery to Racial/Ethnic Democracy
    Box 8.1 Whitening/Blanqueamiento
    White Racial Frame
    Color Lines in Brazil
    Anti-Haitianism in the Dominican Republic
    Affirmative Action in Brazil
    Is Affirmative Action Reverse Discrimination?
    The Color Line
    Looking Beyond the U.S.

    Chapter 9. Indigenous Peoples
    Who are Indigenous Peoples?
    Indigenous Peoples of Australia
    Box 9.1 Time Line for Indigenous Rights
    Stolen Generation
    Box 9.2 Apology to the Australian Aborigines
    Indigenous People in Canada
    Indigenous People in Vietnam
    Box 9.3 Values embedded in the nation building of Vietnam by the Vietnamese Communist Party
    Doi Moi
    Box 9.4 China, a Nation with no Officially Indigenous Peoples
    Environmental Racism and Resistance in Ogoniland, Nigeria
    Defining Environmental Racism
    Indigenous Global Activism