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Dismantling the Racism Machine : A Manual and Toolbox - by Karen Gaffney (Paperback)

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While scholars have been developing valuable research on race and racism for decades, this work does not often reach the beginning college student or the general public, who rarely learn a basic history of race and racism. If we are to dismantle systemic racism and create a more just society, people need a place to begin. This accessible, introductory, and interdisciplinary guide can be one such place. Grounded in critical race theory, this book uses the metaphor of the Racism Machine to highlight that race is a social construct and that racism is a system of oppression based on invented racial categories. It debunks the false ideology that race is biological. As a manual, this book presents clear instructions for understanding the history of race, including whiteness, starting in colonial America, where the elite created a hierarchy of racial categories to maintain their power through a divide-and-conquer strategy. As a toolbox, this book provides a variety of specific action steps that readers can take once they have developed a foundational understanding of the history of white supremacy, a history that includes how the Racism Machine has been recalibrated to perpetuate racism in a supposedly "post-racial" era.

Number of Pages: 213
Genre: Social Science
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Author: Karen Gaffney
Language: English
Street Date: December 29, 2017
TCIN: 53251008
UPC: 9781138037229
Item Number (DPCI): 248-59-2795
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