This second edition provides a clear and accessible introduction to the issues surrounding students' understanding of race, racism and racial discrimination. New to this edition is a preface detailing the consequences for ethnic and race relations following recent major world development, such as the fall of the Berlin Wall. The book also features coverage of such issues as the nature of ethnic consciosuness and such phenomena as ethnic cleansing and asylum seeking. The impact of the mass media on the situations in the former Yugoslavia and in Rwanda is examined, as are recent developments in South Africa. Finally, there is an up-to-date comparison of British, French and German attitudes to nationality, immigration and asylum seeking.