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Handbook of the Sociology of Racial and Ethnic Relations

  • Pinar Batur
  • Joe R. Feagin

Part of the Handbooks of Sociology and Social Research book series (HSSR)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxvii
  2. Classical Debates: Upholding the Color Line

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Charles A. Gallagher
      Pages 3-8
    3. Rodney D. Coates
      Pages 47-65
  3. Institutions that Bind: History Matters!

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 67-67
    2. Jennifer C. Mueller, Apryl Williams, Danielle Dirks
      Pages 69-89
    3. Amanda Moras, Constance Shehan, Felix M. Berardo
      Pages 91-107
    4. Lynn Weber, Ruth Enid Zambrana, M. Elizabeth Fore, Deborah Parra-Medina
      Pages 133-160
    5. Victor Ray
      Pages 161-168
  4. Politics and Economics of Conflict and Change: Rationalization of Racial and Ethnic Hierarchy

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 169-169
    2. Peter Kivisto, Andrey Rezaev
      Pages 171-191
    3. Amir Marvasti, Karyn McKinney, Brad Pinter
      Pages 193-201
    4. Ruth Thompson-Miller, Joe R. Feagin
      Pages 203-213
    5. Melanie E. L. Bush
      Pages 215-251
  5. From a Global Perspective: Colonial Legacies, and Post-colonial Realities

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 253-253

About this book


This 2nd edition of the Handbook explores how to conceptualize new realities of race and ethnic relations. Now that the decade of the 1960s, the pivotal moment of mobilization against racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related tolerance is behind us, we are witnessing the intensification of racial and ethnic inequality, an increasing frequency of racial and ethnic conflict and violence, but also the sound of powerful voices of struggle against it. This volume examines contemporary issues and critical discussions regarding race and ethnic relations in the United States as well as globally. Case studies and comparative approaches examine the foundations of a comprehensive sociological theory of race and ethnic relations, such as connections between everyday interactions, as well as patterns of discrimination and segregation, and theoretical positions to activism. Chapters are updated reflecting contemporary issues and theoretical developments in the field. Includes new chapters focusing on topics such as global racism, environmental racism, criminalization, militairy, health and queer theory. This revised volume provides an updated solid reference book for those interested in race and ethnic studies. 


Racial and Ethnic Relations Struggle of Indigenous Americans Health Care Disparities Racial Relations Social Psychology Racism and Popular Culture Race and Ethnicity in the Labor Market Racial and Ethnic Health Inequalities Politics and Economics of Conflict and Change Racial Democracy Impact of Legal Segregation in the United States Vulnerability of International Migrants Canadian Racism’s Systemic Character Global Racism, War, and Genocide Race and Ethnicity in America Sexual Racism on Erotic Capital Environmental Racism in the Pacific

Editors and affiliations

  • Pinar Batur
    • 1
  • Joe R. Feagin
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of SociologyVassar CollegePoughkeepsieUSA
  2. 2.Department of SociologyTexas A&M UniversityCollege StationUSA

About the editors

Pinar Batur is a Professor of Sociology at Vassar College, where she has chaired multidisciplinary programs in Urban Studies (1999-2006), International Studies (2007-2010) and Environmental Studies (20012-2016), and Department of Sociology (2017- ). She also served the college as the Director of Research (2002-2005) and the elected chair of the research committee (2013-2016). She has authored books and articles on global racism and anti-racism, including The Global Color Line (1999), and White Racism (2000). She is the author of several articles examining racism, anti-racism and political discourse, including “Heart of Violence: Global Racism, War and Genocide,” and “Centering on Global Racism and Anti-Racism: From Everyday Life to Global Complexity.” Her new interest area is environmental thought and she works on Turkish authors and intellectuals, such as Yaman Koray and Halikarnas Balıkçısı, and on green discourse and eco-consciousness. She has received grants from SSRC, IREX, The Kennan Institute at the Woodrow Wilson Center, the Hoover Institution, HR Guggenheim Foundation, SENCER, InTeGrate and the Dreyfus Foundation, among others.

Joe Feagin, Ella C. McFadden Professor and University Distinguished Professor at Texas A&M University, does research on racism, sexism, and classism issues. He has published many scholarly books and hundreds of scholarly articles in these research areas. Among his books are Systemic Racism (Routledge 2006); Two-Faced Racism (Routledge 2007, with L. Picca); The White Racial Frame (2nd ed; Routledge 2013); Racist America (3rd ed; Routledge 2014); White Party, White Government (Routledge 2012); Latinos Facing Racism (Paradigm 2014, with J. Cobas); The Myth of the Model Minority (2nd ed., Paradigm, 2015, with R. Chou); Liberation Sociology (3rd ed., Paradigm, 2015, with H. Vera, K. Ducey); and How Blacks Built America (Routledge, 2016). He has served as Scholar-in-Residence at the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights and is the recipient of the American Association for Affirmative Action’s Fletcher Lifetime Achievement Award and the American Sociological Association’s W. E. B. Du Bois Career of Distinguished Scholarship Award. He was the 1999-2000 president of the American Sociological Association. 

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