In the most comprehensive analysis of race, class, and ethnicity yet attempted, Yehudi Webster challenges the whole notion of racial classification put forward by both government and academics. The Racialization of America 's central argument is that to first classify citizens as "blacks" and "whites" and then describe their relations based on this division violates basic logic and creates an inevitably incoherent and self-defeating system of "race relations." It is time, at last, to move toward a more sophisticated view of human interaction.
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This will surely be one of the year's most provocative academic books. To a considerable extent, it "deconstructs" much of sociology and political science and some of anthropology. Webster (Pan-African studies, California State Univ.-Los Angeles) expands upon his contention that "neither the past nor contemporary social relations needs to be racially described." He is especially critical of some of his fellow academicians, social scientists, government policy makers, and media bigwigs. He tears apart the arguments of the proponents of multiculturalism, rejecting all of their claims and charging that "antiracist programs are counterproductive and self-perpetuating." His plea that we let philosophical principles guide us may be heeded by some, while many of his views, such as those about imprisoned black youth, are guaranteed to upset the proverbial applecart. Recommended for academic collections.
- Katherine Dahl, Western Illinois Univ., Macomb
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"Surely one of the year's most provocative academic books." --Library Journal
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Book Description Palgrave Macmillan, 1992. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M031207557X
Book Description Palgrave Macmillan, 1992. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P11031207557X