Along with many other disciplines race and ethnicity studies has had its theoretical agenda questioned over recent years. In Race, Ethnicity and Social Theory John Solomos introduces the reader to the key issues and contemporary debates that surround our understanding of race. By analysing underlying themes from the major theoretical texts on ethnicity and difference, this book explores the controversies and anxieties which exists in current social theories of race. It suggests the importance of rethinking our approach to questions about race and ethnicity, in an age where political and social identities are becoming ever more complex and plural. Race, identity, cultural and social change are thoroughly reconsidered and what is necessary to construct a politics based on plurality and multiculturalism explored. Key chapters include: race and racism anti-semitism, racism and modernity race, difference and identity feminism, race and cultural politics nationalisms and racisms race and ethnicity in a changing world. This book will be essential reading for students of race and ethnicity, sociology and social theory.
John Solomos is Professor of Sociology at City University London, where he directs the Centre on Race, Ethnicity and Migration. He is the author or editor of a number of books, including Race and Racism in Britain (2003) and Theories of Race and Racism: A Reader (co-editor with Les Back, 2009). He co-edits the international journal Ethnic and Racial Studies.