The Philosophy of Race
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Author(s): Albert Atkin  
ISBN: 1844655156
ISBN-13: 9781844655151
Publication Date: 26 Jul 2012
Pages: 200 (234 x 156mm)
Format: Paperback
Published Price: £15.99
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“Race” is so highly charged and loaded a concept it often hampers critical thinking about racial practice and policy. A philosophical approach allows us to isolate and analyse the key questions: What is race? Can we do without race? What is racism and why is it wrong? What should our policies on race and racism be?

The Philosophy of Race presents a concise and up-to-date overview of the central philosophical debates about race. It then builds on this philosophical foundation to analyse the sociopolitical questions of racism and race-relevant policy. Throughout, the discussion is illustrated with a wide range of examples: Afro-American ‘blackness’; British-Asian racial formation; Aboriginal identity in Australia; the racial grouping of Romany-Gypsies and Jews in Europe; categories of race in Brazil; and the concept of model minorities in the US and UK.

"Atkin succeeds in creating new paths for breaking through epistemic boundaries of how one typically thinks about race and, by doing so, provides an opportunity to rethink current beliefs and practices regarding racism. Recommended." – Choice

"What is race? Is it real? If so, what should we do with it or about it? And in what ways do race and racism impact our everyday lives? If you have contemplated these big questions, you would appreciate Atkin’s careful reflection in his book on the role of philosophy in teasing out possible answers. . . The Philosophy of Race would be of interest to psychology graduate students who desire a philosophical grounding in their study of race. It would also be useful to any psychologist who is beginning to think about race, especially how it influences research." – PsycCRITIQUES, American Psychological Association

“Atkins crisply addresses the ongoing reality of race and racism after the disconnection of race from biological science. Comprehensive, balanced, clear, engaging and accessible for all academic levels.” – Naomi Zack, Professor of Philosophy, University of Oregon

“This book is ideal for those working in the human and social sciences, although the author’s easy to follow argumentation makes it accessible to non-academics who are simply interested in the current debate surrounding race.” – Ethical Perspectives

Albert Atkin is Lecturer in Philosophy at Macquarie University, Sydney

1. Is Race Real?
2. Is Race Social?
3. What Should We Do With Race?
4. Racism
5. The Everyday Impact of Race and Racism

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