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Racism without Racists

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

Eduardo Bonilla-Silva

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Eduardo Bonilla-Silva’s acclaimed Racism without Racists documents how, beneath our contemporary conversation about race, there lies a full-blown arsenal of arguments, phrases, and stories that whites use to account for—and ultimately justify—racial inequalities. The fifth edition of this provocative book makes clear that color blind racism is as insidious now as ever. It features new material on our current racial climate, including the Black Lives Matter movement; a significantly revised chapter that examines the Obama presidency, the 2016 election, and Trump’s presidency; and a new chapter addressing what readers can do to confront racism—both personally and on a larger structural level. « less more »
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Pages: 376Size: 6 x 9
978-1-4422-7622-2 • Hardback • June 2017 • $95.00 • (£65.00)
978-1-4422-7623-9 • Paperback • June 2017 • $39.00 • (£24.95)
978-1-4422-7624-6 • eBook • June 2017 • $37.00 • (£24.95) (coming soon)
Eduardo Bonilla-Silva is professor of sociology 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. He is president (2017-2018) of the American Sociological Association and the Southern Sociological Society.
Preface to the Fifth 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 From Obamerica to Trumpamerica: The Continuing Significance of Color-Blind Racism
11 Conclusion: What is to Be Done? Talking with YOU about How to Fight Color Blind Racism in America
I love Racism without Racists. I use it in my undergraduate stratification course, and students are split on how they receive the book. Half love it, the other half hate it. Either way, it makes them think about race and racism. Whether the material in the book confirms their general viewpoint, or they spend time and effort trying to refute the book, the students are engaged with the material. I couldn’t ask for more.
Mitchell Peck, University of Oklahoma


Students love this book—it is often life-changing for them. Both students of color and white students see themselves in this book, with each gaining more meaningful understanding of racial context in our times and what they can do for racial justice.
Karen S. Glover, California State University, San Marcos


Racism without Racists is the most important book I have used to teach on racism and what it looks and sounds like today. It has consistently proven to be the most significant reading I assign. Students often say it has changed their lives and that they use it in conversations beyond the classroom and see it in the everyday interactions they have and witness on various forms of media.
Viviane Saleh-Hanna, University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth


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


Having already established itself as a classic text on race and racism, this fifth edition refines and extends Bonilla-Silva’s understanding of color-blind racial ideology, structural inequality, and racial hierarchy to the pressing issues we currently confront. His engaging and provocative writing style makes the text accessible without ever diminishing the depth and richness of his analysis.
Michael Omi, University of California, Berkeley


From the Black Lives Matter movement to the unexpected election of Donald Trump, recent events have made undeniably clear the continuing significance of race and racism in the United States. Updated with new material, this fifth edition of Eduardo Bonilla-Silva's now-classic Racism without Racists is thus more than ever essential reading for understanding the racial realities of a country in denial about its past and present.
Charles W. Mills, CUNY Graduate Center


Eduardo Bonilla-Silva rocked the sociological landscape with his book Racism without Racists, providing insight about U.S. race matters in contemporary times. In this new edition, Bonilla-Silva once again confronts naysayers who continue to argue that racism is a thing of the past, or who “trumpet” that what we are witnessing is a “return of the racists.” With updated and timely new material, this is a book you’ll want to pick up for your family, friends, and neighbors!
David G. Embrick, University of Connecticut


From its beginning, America has been dogged by debilitating racism. After centuries, we are still perplexed by this seemingly incomprehensible racial crisis. Eduardo Bonilla-Silva’s new edition of Racism without Racists goes a long way in providing a penetrating and illuminating analysis of racism in America. Unlike most books, Racism without Racists offers valuable, eye-opening solutions to help guide America out of this vexing racial problem. Racism without Racists is a most valuable book for Americans in all walks of life.
Aldon Morris, Northwestern University; author of The Scholar Denied: W. E. B. Du Bois and the Birth of Modern Sociology


Stimulates classroom discussion—a provocative and engaging book that instructors say students actually read

Introduces key terms and concepts for discussing race—adopters say the book challenges many of their white students to see themselves and their attitudes towards race differently, while helping minority students find language to talk about their experiences

Challenges assumptions—highlights the problems with many of the phrases people often use to talk about race in America, such as “I don’t see race,” or “Some of my best friends are black”

Teaches racial history—offers an accessible overview of U.S. racial structure, particularly since the 1960s, in Chapter 2 (which was new in the Fourth Edition)—“The New Racism”

Addresses timely topics—introduces the concept of color-blind racism while also addressing challenging topics such as how we talk about race, residential segregation, whether people of color can be color-blind too, and more

New features
Easy to transition to the new edition—maintains the same overall structure as the fourth edition while including an updated Chapter 2—“The new Racism,” a significantly revised Chapter 10—“From Obamerica to Trumpamerica,”and a new Chapter 11—“What Is to Be Done? Talking with YOU About How to Fight Color Blind Racism in America”

Discusses the current racial climate—the significantly revised Chapter 10 assess race in the Obama presidency and aftermath, considers race in the 2016 election cycle particularly regarding Trump’s election, and looks toward the future

Offers suggestions on how to work for change—the new Chapter 11 answers the questions students most often ask—how to challenge racism on both the individual and the structural levels

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