Racism: A Global Reader

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Kevin Reilly, Stephen Kaufman, Angela Bodino
M.E. Sharpe, 2003 - Social Science - 400 pages
Racism has existed throughout the world for centuries and has been at the root of innumerable conflicts and human tragedies, including war, genocide, slavery, bigotry, and discrimination. Defined broadly, racism has had many forms and effects, from caste prejudice in India and mass extermination in Tasmania to slavery in the Americas and the Holocaust in Europe. Put simply, racism has been one of the overriding forces in world history for more than a millennium. This book provides a global perspective of racism in its myriad forms. Consisting of twelve parts and fifty-one articles, it focuses on racism worldwide over the past thousand years. It includes three types of articles: original documents, scholarly essays, and journalistic accounts.
 

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As one of the co-editors of the book, we recognized the functions of the caste system as it relates to assignment of work. The point we are making is that caste like race is heritable. Further caste, like race, is fixed at birth and immutable in society while a person is alive and passed along to the next generation.
When both putting the book together and teaching the course, we were faced with an awful dilemma, namely that regrettably there were too many case studies to choose from. If only the people of the world had given us a more finite number to work with.
Stephen Kaufman
 

Contents

Some Test Cases
13
The Social Perception of Skin Color in Japan
27
Japans Forgotten People Try to Make Voices Heard
42
An Historical Enquiry
52
Tang Images of the South
58
The Iberian Conquest of
71
The Conquest of the Brazilian Indians 15001760
79
North America
87
Group Definition and the Idea of Race in Modern China
207
From Max Havelaar
233
AntiSemitism
249
Star of David
270
Tragedy Trauma and Reconciliation
289
The Nuremberg Laws 1935
309
Once Chosen Tribal Elites Now Suffer Consequences
321
Black Power
338

Narrative of the Captivity and Restoration
94
Remarks Concerning the Savages of North America
104
Settler Racism and Slavery
117
Life of an American Slave
141
From Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
166
European Settlers in Asia and Ideologies of Racism
177
From The Mismeasure of Man
190
Protecting All Others
353
An Argument for the Surrender
368
Aversive Racism and the Need for Affirmative Action
377
Index
383
About the Editors 401
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