Race in America
With Mustafa Emirbayer, I am completing a theoretical study entitled The Racial Order (University of Chicago Press, forthcoming). More than a generation after the Civil Rights Movement, we continue to lack a clear and unitary conceptual language for discussing how race works in America. Drawing on a wide range of intellectual currents, notably American pragmatism, the Durkheimian tradition, and Bourdieuian sociology, The Racial Order offers a new theoretical framework through which to gain analytic leverage on the structures and dynamics of racial life. It strives to provide a more effective language through which to think, and intelligently to address, the complex problems of racial division today.
The Racial Order is paired with a companion volume, a Racial Domination, Racial Progress: The Sociology of Race in America (McGraw-Hill, 2009), a comprehensive textbook on race in America.