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  • Paperback: 310 pages
  • Publisher: Verso Books; Reprint edition (3 Mar. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1781683131
  • ISBN-13: 978-1781683132
  • Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 2.3 x 20.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 438,118 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A most impressive work, tackling a demanding and important topic - the myth that we now live in a postracial society - in a novel, urgent, and compelling way. The authors dispel this myth by squarely addressing the paradox that racism is scientifically discredited but, like witchcraft before it, retains a social rationale in societies that remain highly unequal and averse to sufficiently critical engagement with their own history and traditions. --Robin Blackburn

Racecraft: The Soul of Inequality in American Life is the first book I've read on the subject of race that speaks accurately to my lived experience. --Maria Bustillos, The LA Review of Books

With examples ranging from the profound to the absurd including, for instance, an imaginary interview with W E B Dubois and Emile Durkheim, as well as personal porch chats with the author's grandmother the Fields delve into 'racecraft's' profound effect on American political, social and economic life. --Global Journal

Liberal mores against overt racism are crumbling in the face of Trump. We must build them better...The Fields sisters dive through sociology, history, and science to reach the material truth: races is a product of racism, not the other way around.” – Charlie Heller, Paste Magazine

About the Author

Barbara J. Fields is Professor of History at Columbia University, author of Slavery and Freedom on the Middle Ground: Maryland During the Nineteenth Century and co-author of Free at Last: A Documentary History of Slavery, Freedom, and the Civil War. Karen E. Fields, an independent scholar, holds degrees from Harvard University, Brandeis University, and the Sorbonne. She is the author of many articles and three published books: Revival and Rebellion in Colonial Central Africa about millennarianism; Lemon Swamp and Other Places: A Carolina Memoir (with Mamie Garvin Fields), about life in the twentieth-century South; and a retranslation of Emile Durkheim's masterpiece, The Elementary Forms of Religious Life. She has two works in progress: Bordeaux's Africa about the view of slavery from a European port city, and Race Matters in the American Academy.

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