Racial Domination, Racial Progress: The Sociology of Race by Matthew Desmond

By Matthew Desmond

Racial Domination, Racial growth: The Sociology of Race in America appears to be like at race in a transparent and available means, permitting scholars to appreciate how racial domination and development paintings in all points of society. studying how race isn't a question of separate entities yet of platforms of social family members, this article unpacks how race works within the political, monetary, residential, felony, academic, aesthetic, associational, and intimate fields of social lifestyles. Racial Domination, Racial Progress is a piece of uncompromising intersectionality, which refuses to artificially separate race and ethnicity from classification and gender, whereas, even as, by no means wasting sight of race as its basic concentration. The authors search to hook up with their readers in a manner that mixes disciplined reasoning with a feeling of engagement and fervour, conveying subtle rules in a transparent and compelling model.

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As such, we cannot assume that a Chinese-American and a Japanese-American have similar lifestyles or see the world through a shared vision simply because both are classified as “Asian” under American racial rubrics. Therefore, just as race, ethnicity, and nationality cannot be separated from one another, neither can all three categories be collapsed into one. Although ethnic affiliations often are informed by national affiliations, ethnicity can also transcend national borders. Jewish ethnic affiliation encompasses a wide array of people who vary in terms of nationality (from those living in the United States and Canada to those living in Israel, Eastern Europe, Argentina, or Mexico), political commitments (from the far right to the far left), languages (from English to Hebrew to Polish), and religious beliefs and practices (from Easter Orthodox to Hassidic to atheist).

42 Ethnicity and Nationality The categories of ethnicity and nationality are intrinsically bound up with race. Ethnicity refers to a shared lifestyle informed by cultural, historical, religious, and/or national affiliations. 43 Like race, both ethnicity and nationality are symbolic categories. ” The categories are mutually reinforcing: each category educates, upholds, and is informed by the others. 44 For example, if one identifies as ethnically Norwegian, which, for them, might include a shared lifestyle comprising Norwegian history and folklore, language, cultural rituals and festivals, and food (such as meatcakes, lamb and cabbage stew, potato dumplings, cod, and lutefisk), they may also reference a nationality, based in the state of Norway, as well as a racial group, white, since nearly all people of Norwegian descent would be classified as white by American standards.

We may unknowingly scoot to the other side of the elevator when a large Puerto Rican man steps in, or unthinkingly eye a group of black teenagers wandering the aisles of the store at which we work, or ask to change seats if an Arab American man sits down next to us on an airplane. Many miniature actions such as these have little to do with one’s intentional thoughts; they are orchestrated by one’s practical sense, one’s habitual know-how, and informed by institutional racism. ” This question is a popular one in the public imagination, and the answer depends on what we mean by racism.

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