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Can there be a truly systematic and comprehensive theory of race?

Song, Miri (2016) Can there be a truly systematic and comprehensive theory of race? Ethnic and Racial Studies, 39 (13). pp. 2303-2308. ISSN 0141-9870. (doi:10.1080/01419870.2016.1202425)

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Abstract

In this ambitious new book, Mustafa Emirbayer and Matthew Desmond contend that there has never been a truly comprehensive and systematic theory of race. They go on to argue that ‘Much of our best work no longer tells us how to understand or reconstruct racial dynamics but simply gives us concrete proof of their continuing significance’ (3). To what extent does The Racial Order theoretically advance existing theorizing of race? An important contribution – and a central plank in the book – is the way in which a wide variety of cultural and social phenomena is discussed and interwoven into the analysis. The authors draw most heavily on Bourdieu, Dewey, and Durkheim, in their elaboration of the racial order

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1080/01419870.2016.1202425
Uncontrolled keywords: Race, social theory, colour blind racism, Bourdieu, racial field, reflexivity
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Sociology
Depositing User: Lucie Patch
Date Deposited: 16 Sep 2016 11:03 UTC
Last Modified: 22 Jul 2019 13:15 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/57319 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Song, Miri: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1764-4905
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