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By Alastair Bonnett

This introductory textual content presents scholars for the 1st time with an ancient and foreign research of the improvement of anti-racism. Drawing on assets from around the globe, the writer explains the roots and describes the perform of anti-racism in Western and non-Western societies from Britain and the U.S. to Malaysia and Peru. subject matters coated include:* the ancient roots of anti-racism* race concerns inside corporations* the perform of anti-racism* the politics of backlash.This energetic, concise e-book might be an fundamental source for all scholars drawn to problems with race, ethnicity and in modern society extra often.

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However, the survival of stereotypes of whiteness, blackness and ‘indigenousness’ as structuring norms within American societies should warn against conflating this history with the decline of racism. The continuing and diverse struggles against racism in Latin America give the lie to the romantic delusion that Latin American nations are ‘racial democracies’. Three of the most important elements in this history are anticolonialism and the ideologies of ‘indigenism’ (indigenismo) and mestizaje (a Spanish term denoting the ideology and the practice of racial mixture).

Extending this line of enquiry it may be argued that Du Bois’s challenge to racism was expressed both within and against the Enlightenment traditions discussed earlier. On the one hand, Du Bois sought to affirm the folk content of African American culture and to suggest that black experience, most importantly the experience of ‘double consciousness’, provided a vantage point that offered insights unavailable from the insular, yet self-confidently universalist, perspective of white modernity. Yet, on the other hand, Du Bois was engaged in the ambitions of the Enlightenment.

1997, p. 32) Vasconcelos’s position provides a stark example of the way the celebration of racial hybridity can both challenge and affirm racism. Tradition versus ‘racism’ in China If we accept that race is a modern idea, elaborated in eighteenth-and nineteenth-century Europe as part and parcel of European science and global hegemony, it follows that a good place to look for opposition to the racialisation process is within traditional, ante- or pre-modern, practices and ideas. Indeed, the claim that European racism has been and is opposed by the egalitarianism of traditional culture, particularly religious culture, provides one of the focal points of anti-racist debate.

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