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Comment: Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Date of Publication: 2010
Binding: paperback
Condition: Good
Description: ISBN:9780521629454 Used Paperback in good condition. Second edition. Several scores and light edgewear on covers. Sticker mark on rear cover. Previous owner's name penned on first page. Some light pen and pencil marginalia in the volume. Binding is intact, contents are clear. AM
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From reviews of the first edition:

"The fascination of this book and subject lies in the complexities and studied ambiguities of Banton's taxonomy (of five racial theories)...I enjoyed this basic feature of the book. It taught me something about the uses of taxonomic ordering. It made me think about the subtle interactions of our ordering minds and nature's patterns. It provided an active metacommentary upon an important aspect of scientific history." Stephen Jay Gould, Nature

"The authority Banton brings to his subject is beyond dispute; he is admirably fair when examining the ideas of all protagonists, and he writes clearly, concisely, and engagingly. At once an insightful study in intellectual history and an exemplary analysis of sociological theory building." W.P. Nye, Choice

"Banton has written an excellent book. He traces the history of thinking on race and the evolution of the discipline of race or ethnic relations with considerable erudition and skill. His discussion of the different theories is invariably fair and perceptive, and clears up a good deal of muddle." Bhikhu Parekh, New Society

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This thoroughly revised and updated edition of Michael Banton's classic book reviews historical theories of race and the subsequent struggles to supersede them. It is essential reading for anyone wanting to unravel the confusions in contemporary debates about racial and ethnic conflict.

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HASH(0x96eb24d4) out of 5 stars Defining Race and Society 21 April 2000
By Sean K Hur - Published on
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I had to read this particular work for my American Race Relations Class at Rutgers University. If you are interested in how the concept of "race" developed, and Western society has used it through history, this work is useful in understanding those concepts and theories that would be applied in Western society. You will learn how the concepts would become corrupted into what we know today as racism and such. Honestly, the book is fairly bland academic reading, with very little "real life" situations. The author attempts as much objectivity as possible, but the text tends to be even more philosophical about the definitions regarding society and race than necessary. In essence, a detailed account of how race is used in and it affects society. However, its more than dense enough to turn off the average reader. There are more interesting works that describe the same concepts through the way people use them and interact with each other. However, in understanding the theory and the concept behind the social construct, this work is reccommendable.
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