Racism and Sociology

My latest edited collection, Racism and Sociology, is co-edited with Wulf D. Hund.  It is part of the Racism Analysis Yearbook series published by Lit Verlag. The book includes cutting edge papers by Les Back and Maggie Tate, Sirma Bilge, Barnor Hesse, Silvia Maeso and Marta Araujo and Felix Losing in addition to Wulf and I.

Contents: Wulf D. Hund: Racism in White Sociology. From Adam Smith to Max Weber – Alana Lentin: Postracial Silences. The Othering of Race in Europe – Felix Lösing: From the Congo to Chicago. Robert E. Park’s Romance with Racism – Les Back, Maggie Tate: Telling About Racism. W.E.B. Du Bois, Stuart Hall and Sociology’s Reconstruction – Barnor Hesse: Racism’s Alterity. The After-Life of Black Sociology – Sirma Bilge: Whitening Intersectionality. Evanescence of Race in Intersectionality Scholarship – Silvia Rodríguez Maeso, Marta Araújo: The Politics of (Anti-)Racism. Academic Research and Policy Discourse in Europe

Reviews:

In the midst of student disquiet vocalised through campaigns running across the UK that ask ‘why is my curriculum white?’, this book which poses to interrogate the relationship between Racism and Sociology offers a timely intervention. Taking its cue from the well-noted point long made amongst race scholars con- cerning the marginalisation of W.E.B. DuBois within the discipline when compared with the more established ‘founding fathers’ of Weber and Durkheim, this collec- tion sets out to demonstrate how the development of Sociology has been culp- able in institutionalising the racial project. The book’s important contribution to the field lies in its interrogation, not simply of the failure of mainstream sociologi- cal analyses to recognise how racial structures order social relations, but in its grappling with the ways in which racism has underpinned theoretical develop- ments of the social question.

Nisha Kapoor, Ethnic and Racial Studies