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Racism without Racists

Color-Blind Racism and the Persistence of Racial Inequality in America, Fourth Edition

Eduardo Bonilla-Silva

The fifth edition of Racism without Racists is available in June 2017. The paperback ISBN for the fifth edition is 9781442276239.

Eduardo Bonilla-Silva’s acclaimed
Racism without Racists documents how, beneath our contemporary conversation about race, lies a full-blown arsenal of arguments, phrases, and stories that whites use to account for—and ultimately justify—racial inequalities. This provocative book explodes the belief that America is now a color-blind society.

The fourth edition adds a chapter on what Bonilla-Silva calls "the new racism," which provides the essential foundation to explore issues of race and ethnicity in more depth. This edition also updates Bonilla-Silva’s assessment of race in America after President Barack Obama’s re-election. Obama’s presidency, Bonilla-Silva argues, does not represent a sea change in race relations, but rather embodies disturbing racial trends of the past.

In this fourth edition,
Racism without Racists will continue to challenge readers and stimulate discussion about the state of race in America today.
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Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Pages: 384Size: 6 1/8 x 9
978-1-4422-2055-3 • Paperback • July 2013 • $35.00 • (£23.95)
978-1-4422-2056-0 • eBook • July 2013 • $33.00 • (£22.95)
Eduardo Bonilla-Silva is professor and chair of the Sociology department at Duke University. The recipient of the American Sociological Association’s Cox-Johnson-Frasier award and the Lewis A. Coser award for theoretical agenda-setting, he is author or co-editor of several books, including White Logic, White Methods.
Preface to the Fourth Edition
1. The Strange Enigma of Race in Contemporary America
2. The New Racism: The U.S. Racial Structure Since the 1960s
3. The Central Frames of Color-Blind Racism
4. The Style of Color Blindness: How to Talk Nasty about Minorities without Sounding Racist
5. “I Didn’t Get That Job Because of a Black Man”: Color-Blind Racism’s Racial Stories
6. Peeking Inside the (White) House of Color Blindness: The Significance of Whites’ Segregation
7. Are All Whites Refined Archie Bunkers? An Examination of White Racial Progressives
8. Are Blacks Color Blind, Too?
9. E Pluribus Unum, or the Same Old Perfume in a New Bottle? On the Future of Racial Stratification in the United States
10 Race Matters in Obamerica: The Sweet (but Deadly) Enchantment of Color Blindness in Black Face
11 “The (Color-Blind) Emperor Has No Clothes”: Exposing the Whiteness of Color Blindness
About the Author
Each edition of Bonilla-Silva's now classic Racism without Racists has brought with it updates that underline its contemporary relevance. This fourth edition is no different: it takes a sharply critical look at Obama's reelection, and is updated wherever possible with new statistics. However, what makes this edition especially useful is an additional chapter, 'The New Racism: The U.S. Racial Structure since the 1960s.' The preface notes that this is because Racism without Racists sometimes functions as the only book on race in many college classrooms. In this new chapter, Bonilla-Silva (Texas A&M) traces the legacy of the US past into the present, exploring institutions that have helped perpetuate racial inequality and segregation in housing, education, political life, the prison system, and other areas. The author also provides a survey of various forms of contemporary economic inequality, social segmentation, and control. While no single book is likely to include enough relevant material about race, Bonilla-Silva's attempt comes very close. Displaying the author's trademark sense of humor and unflinching critique of the ideology and discourse that continue to fuel racial inequality today, this edition will be satisfying to newcomers as well to those who have already used this book for years. Summing Up: Essential. All levels/libraries.

We expect racists to be closely associated with gun racks in pickups, shirts cut off at the shoulder, and scowls, but in fact many whites in contemporary society have learned to mask their prejudice by responding to racially-charged questions and situations in veiled language. Bonilla-Silva updates this fourth edition with more examples and further exploration of what passes as normal. He examines what he calls 'the strange enigma of race in contemporary America,' and looks at the reasons why several generations of racists have prospered. He looks into the racial structure in the United States since the 1960s, central frames of color-blind racism, how people make disparaging remarks about race without sounding racist, the subtleties of racial stories, the significance of white segregation, white racial progressiveness, black color-blindness, the future of racial stratification, the enchantment of color blindness since President Obama's election, and exposes the irrevocable certainty of white color-blindness.
Book News, Inc.

Racism Without Racists is a provocative look at the ‘new’ kinder, gentler and smiling racism. Bonilla-Silva uses research, current events, and professional ideological position to support the presence of this new racism. . . .The book is readable, and the content is accessible, theoretically sound, and research-driven. It provides content that is essential for social workers committed to social justice and advocacy. Dr. Bonilla-Silva is an original thinker and presents a theoretical framework for understanding the ‘new’ color blind racism and the potential changes for the future. As a professor with extensive experience teaching courses on diversity and racism, I would definitely recommend this book as a text to be used by professors in a course on racism or diversity. This book will challenge students to reflect on their internal processes and become anti-racist professionals. Naturally, because Dr. Bonilla-Silva is a provocateur, students will find many of his theoretical approaches uncomfortable, but it is important to challenge the existing paradigm of students and encourage personal and professional growth and development.
The New Social Worker

As the 'color-blind,' 'post-racial' consensus hardens, Eduardo Bonilla-Silva remains one of the few voices courageous enough to tell the unpalatable truth: that a black man in the White House does not make the United States any less a house divided. Updated to include a discussion of the significance of Obama’s first term and 2012 reelection, this fourth edition of Bonilla-Silva’s now-classic Racism without Racists documents in remorseless (and often hilarious) detail the white evasions that enable white denial of the reality of ongoing illicit structural racial advantage.
Charles W. Mills, CUNY Graduate Center

Every white American should have the privilege to have that eureka moment: 'Ah! Now I understand what being white means, in the most profound sense.' The entire world looks different from then on. Racism without Racists leads white Americans to that very moment of discovery.
Judith Blau, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Racism without Racists will make many readers uncomfortable, as it should. With care and a wicked sense of humor, Eduardo Bonilla-Silva explores the kind of subtle, everyday racism that some of 'our best friends' unconsciously perpetuate.
Robin D. G. Kelley, author of Freedom Dreams: The Black Radical Imagination

In the new chapter Bonilla-Silva provides a stinging critique of Obama and the very notion that the election of a black man has a positive impact on the state of racial inequality in America. This is a powerful chapter for a very powerful book.
Hayward Derrick Horton, SUNY - Albany

  • An engaging read that provokes classroom discussion

  • Challenges the truth behind the assumption “I don’t see race”

  • A new chapter on what Bonilla-Silva calls "new racism" in America introduces students to key themes in studying race and ethnicity

  • Assesses the impact of Obama’s presidency and reelection on race relations in America

• Commended, A 2014 Choice Outstanding Academic Title
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