Racism in the United States is institutionalized and has been since the early days of the republic; eliminating racism would produce a different society than we now know. Race and Ideology reveals how various strands of racial thinking and behavior are crucial for maintaining the unequal distribution of wealth that is more pronounced in the U.S. than in any other advanced industrial country. Though primarily concerned with the U.S., this collection contains chapters on other societies in order to highlight commonalties and the global nature of the race/color problem.
Teaching "minorities" about language and culture / Arthur K. Spears — Language and labor in Papua New Guinea / Angela Gilliam — The native language as a medium of instruction: an issue revisited / Yves Dejean — The symbolic function of the Gypsy myth / Ian Hancock — Racism in professional settings: forms of address as clues to power relations / Lee D. Baker — Prison labor: racism and rhetoric / Pem Davidson Buck — Straightness, whiteness, and masculinity: reflections on "Miami vice" / Brenda Abalos — Colorstruck at the movies: New Jack City / Donovan G. Whylie — Rap in the African-American music tradition: cultural assertion and continuity / Jon A. Yasin — Afterword: thoughts for a pragmatic theory of race/racism / Arthur K. Spears.
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