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Race, Culture And The Pursuit Of Employment: A Research Series On Hiring Practices At Temporary Employment Agencies

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The purpose of this chapter is to exercise reflexivity in examining how one—that is academic sociologists—inadvertently support the racial status quo by uncritically relying on textbooks to explain seemingly familiar concepts such as race and racism to students. Using a nonwhite sociological imagination, the chapter addresses two questions: 1) what do ones teach students about race and racism through the use of textbooks and 2) what can one do to make sure the textbooks are not reinforcing the status quo? To answer these questions, the author analyzes racial discourse in eight undergraduate Social Problems textbooks. sociology instructor's role can easily become one that reproduces the status quo. The problem of over-emphasizing overt racism and minimizing covert racism becomes clearer when situated in the context of the typical social problems classroom.

Keywords:racism; sociology; textbooks



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