Theories of Race and Ethnic Relations

Theories of Race and Ethnic Relations

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This book brings together internationally known scholars from a wide range of disciplines and theoretical traditions, all of whom have made significant contributions to the field of race and ethnic relations. As well as identifying important and persistent points of controversy, the collection reveals a complementary and multifaceted approach to theorisation. The theories represented include contributions from the perspective of sociology. These range from the established perspectives of Marx and Weber through to the more recent interventions of rational choice theory, symbolic interactionism and identity structure analysis.
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  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • 1139239783
  • 9781139239783

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Preface John Rex; Introduction. Controversies and continuities in race and ethnic relations theory David Mason; 1. Intersecting strands in the theorisation of race and ethnic relations J. Milton Yinger; 2. Epistemological assumptions in the study of racial differentiation Michael Banton; 3. The role of class analysis in the study of race relations - a Weberian perspective John Rex; 4. Varieties of Marxist conceptions of 'race', class and the state: a critical analysis John Solomos; 5. Class concepts, class struggle and racism Harold Wolpe; 6. A political analysis of local struggles for racial equality Gideon Ben-Tovim, John Gabriel, Ian Law and Kathleen Stredder; 7. Ethnicity and Third World development: political and academic contexts Marshall W. Murphree; 8. Social anthropological models of inter-ethnic relations Richard Jenkins; 9. Pluralism, race and ethnicity in selected African countries M. G. Smith; 10. Ethnicity and the boundary process in context Sandra Wallman; 11. Ethnicity and the sociobiology debate Pierre L. van der Berghe; 12. Rational choice theory and the study of race and ethnic relations Michael Hechter; 13. The 'Chicago School' of American sociology, symbolic interactionism, and race relations theory Barbara Ballis Lal; 14. The operationalisation of identity theory in racial and ethnic relations Peter Weinreich; Bibliography; Index.
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' ... by collecting in one volume such a diversity of perspectives, the book serves an important function and is a useful guide to the literature on race and ethnic theory.' Contemporary Sociology 'Understanding comes before action and few scholars have approached Rex's lifetime contribution to our understanding of race and ethnic relations.' The Sociological Review
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