The contemporary power and dynamics of race and racialization require fundamental critical interrogation. This book is an excellent example of such work, providing a fascinating set of case studies and a concise and engaging text which will be invaluable to students in this field. Tina Patel has provided us with a carefully considered and authoritative pathway into and through this core sociological terrain.
Issues about race and racism have become almost daily media fare. By drawing on contemporary and high profile cases and examples from popular culture Tina Patel provides a guide that takes students from the everyday into academic debates. This makes for an engaging and lively introduction to the subject – the book will be welcomed by students seeking to come to grips with thinking about race in the contemporary world.
Race and Society is both richly theoretically informed and admirably accessible. Tina Patel’s new text is written with clarity and pedagogical flair, drawing upon up-to-date and striking examples: an invaluable resource.
Tina Patel’s book Race and Society renders race-thinking sociologically, and makes it accessible to undergraduate students. The idea of race and the associated historical knowledge making and re-making practices, rather than being a separate and compartmentalised minority experience which is diminishing, continues to grow in every more troubling and dynamic forms. Making this arena accessible and engaging for students is highly necessary, and something the book achieves really well.