Race and ethnicity, much like water and air, are all around us.
Yet, race and ethnicity remain imprevious to many of us. Hence in
this volume authors were challenged to think outside the box. As
such, scholars were encouraged to dare to contemplate, to evaluate,
and analyze issues regarding race and ethnicity from radically
different perspectives. This critical process required them to
evaluate their own assumptions and those of their respective
disciplines. Therefore, much like walking a tight-rope without a
net, the scholars attempt to free themselves from the
disciplinarian blinders that often preclude the development of
fresh insights. Collectively the papers challenge the way we
conceive and perceive of race and ethnicity. As a consequence they
go past the ideological constraints that normally limit such
discourse by disciplinarian boundaries or disciplinarian myopia.
Therefore, these papers provide a critical reappraisal of race and
About the AuthorRodney D. Coates, Ph.D. (1987) in Sociology,
University of Chicago, is Professor of Sociology and Gerontology
and the Director of Black World Studies at Miami University. He has
published extensively in the area of critical race and ethnic
Reviews'This provocative, well-researched volume includes studies
of ...the role of the state, ...multiple ways of viewing black
identity...' Choice Magazine, April 2005.
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