Sociology of Racism


Clair, Matthew, and Jeffrey S. Denis. 2015. “Sociology of Racism” edited by James D. Wright. The International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences 19:857-863.
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The sociology of racism is the study of the relationship between racism, racial discrimination, and racial inequality. While past scholarship emphasized overtly racist attitudes and policies, contemporary sociology considers racism as individual- and group-level processes and structures that are implicated in the reproduction of racial inequality in diffuse and often subtle ways. Although some social scientists decry this conceptual broadening, most agree that a multivalent approach to the study of racism is at once socially important and analytically useful for understanding the persistence of racial inequality in a purportedly “post-racial” society.  

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