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Researching Racism
A Guidebook for Academics and Professional Investigators



April 2015 | 184 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

"A welcome and overdue contribution to the field. Identifying a need for an empirical guide to complement the abundant theoretical literature, this book combines a variety of practical avenues of advice with analytical sophistication, without losing any of the subject matter’s complexities. The contextual chapters are well judged and informative, while readers will surely find the careful selection and very clear presentation of the case studies particularly useful in thinking through the projects from start to completion."
- Steve Garner, Open University

This book offers a one stop guide to the meaning of racism, key studies in the field, core methodologies and an agenda for research for the future. Discussing the salient aspects of race and racism in contemporary society alongside methodological and practical considerations of qualitative research in the field, Researching Racism is not only an original textbook but also a crucial guide for anyone beginning their own research on racism.

Based on Muzammil Quraishi and Rob Philburn’s extensive background as researchers, supervisors and teachers, this book:

  • offers a clear and accessible account of an interdisciplinary and complex topic
  • incorporates historical, legislative and international dimensions of race and racism
  • outlines and illustrates a range of qualitative research methods
  • provides case studies and engaging examples
  • includes a tool kit for researchers of racism.  

This is an indispensable guide for students wanting to research race and racism across the social sciences.

 
Introduction
 
Chapter 1: The History of Race
 
Chapter 2: Defining and Conceptualising Racism
 
Chapter 3: Anti-Racism: Law and Policies
 
Chapter 4: Race, Racism and Everyday Life
 
Chapter 5: Race, Racism and Qualitative Methods
 
Chapter 6: Racism Research: Three Case Studies
 
Conclusion, Racism and Future Directions
Appendix: A Racism Researcher’s Toolbox  

A welcome and overdue contribution to the field. Identifying a need for an empirical guide to complement the abundant theoretical literature, this book combines a variety of practical avenues of advice with analytical sophistication, without losing any of the subject matter’s complexities. The contextual chapters are well judged and informative, while readers will surely find the careful selection and very clear presentation of the case studies particularly useful in thinking through the projects from start to completion.

Steve Garner
Open University

included good case studies but not tangible enough for first years students.

Ms Kirsten Stevens-Wood
Cardiff School of Health Sciences, Cardiff Metropolitan University
February 26, 2016

This is an interesting and informative book. However, as the title suggests it is more appropriate to our Dissertion module, and despite the content being transferable to all areas of inequalities it would only be directly relevant to students who are researching racism or related areas.

Given the unpredictable areas that students focus their research. It is likely that I would recommend students to consider this book I f they are researching racism within policy and practice.

Mr George Stobbart
School Of Social Sciences And Law, University of Teesside
June 25, 2015

This is a great little book, providing advanced students and academics with a comprehensive overview of concepts, previous research and research methods which can be used in constructing research projects around the notions of race and racism. The authors write in an accessible style and the result is a very interesting and readable account of how to work in this particular scientific field.

Dr Alex Frame
UFR Langues & communication, University of Bourgogne
May 28, 2015

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