The World Is a Ghetto by Howard Winant
Race and Democracy Since WWII

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Why is racism so hard to overcome? Why is the world still beset by racial inequality and injustice, even after the supposed successes of the civil rights and anti-apartheid movements? In The World Is a Ghetto Howard Winant reinterprets post-WWII racial dynamics on a global scale by comparing postwar racial politics in four world centers: the U.S., South Africa, Brazil, and the European Union.Winant suggests that as the twenty-first century dawns, movements for racial justice are confronted by new obstacles. His critique of new forms of racial exclusion and inequality (for example, the supposedly "color-blind" racial policies and largely symbolic multiculturalism now in vogue around the world) provides provocative views on such global questions as continuing hostility to immigration, the breakdown of the welfare state, and the weakening of social movements.This is a timely and important book by a major theoretician of race relations. Winant not only deepens our understanding of race as both a contemporary and historical phenomenon but he also explains the continuing significance of racial justice for our ideals of democracy, of human well-being, and for cultural innovation in the years ahead.

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Howard Winant is Professor of Sociology at Temple University.
Published May 30, 2001 by Basic Books. 448 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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Winant (Sociology/Temple Univ.) examines the emergence of racial politics and various civil-rights movements in the modern US, Brazil, South Africa, and nations of the European Union.

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He then examines "the contemporary sociology of race" in the U.S., South Africa, Brazil and the European Union following World War II, arguing that old systems of racial domination have been undermined and pointing to the "new instabilities" such changes have brought.

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