Racism: It is social, not "natural," it is general, not "personal";
and it is tragically effective. In a remarkable meditation on a
subject at the troubled center of American life, Albert Memmi
investigates racism as social pathology -- a cultural disease that
prevails because it allows one segment of society to empower itself
at the expense of another. By turns historical, sociological, and
autobiographical, Racism moves beyond individual prejudice and
taste to engage the broader questions of collective behavior and
The book comprises three sections -- "Description, "
"Definition, " and "Treatment" -- in which Memmi delineates
racism's causes and hidden workings, examines its close affinity to
colonialism, and considers its everyday manifestations over a
period of centuries throughout the West. His topics include bigotry
against Blacks, anti-Semitism, the meaning of "whiteness, " and the
status of the Quebecois.
For Memmi, the structure of racism has four "moments": the
insistenc on difference; the negative valuation imposed on those
who differ; the generalizing of this negative valuation to an
entire group; and the use of generalization to legitimize
hostility. Memmi shows how it is not racism's content -- which can
change at will -- but its form that gives it such power and
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