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Race and ethnicity reading list

Following the killing of George Floyd, demonstrations continue on both sides of Atlantic and in an iconic moment on Sunday protesters in Bristol brought down the statue of slave trader Edward Colston who transported 80,000 men, women and children, killing 18,000 in transit.

As a publisher who has had tackling inequality at its heart for 25 years, we stand in solidarity with everyone fighting all forms of racism and social injustice and so we want to share the important work that our authors have been contributing to these debates in the hope that this will contribute to much needed social change.

We have brought together this reading list of books and journal and blog articles. Until the end of June, all of the books on this reading list are available with 50% discount - use code RACE50 at the website checkout. We have made some ebook versions completely free when you enter the code RACEFREE at the checkout- highlighted below. You will not be charged for the eBook when you enter this code.

Browse this collection of journal articles on race and ethnicity, all free to access until the end of the month.

There is a petition to replace Edward Colston’s statue with Bristol civil rights activist Paul Stephenson. You can sign it here.

Books on Race and Ethnicity:

White Privilege by Kalwant Bhopal
Why and how do those from black and minority ethnic communities continue to be marginalised? Despite claims that we now live in a post-racial society, race continues to disadvantage those from black and minority ethnic backgrounds.
Read a free extract from the conclusion to White Privilege here.

Divercities: Understanding Super-Diversity in Deprived and Mixed Neighbourhoods edited by Stijn Oosterlynck, Gert Verschraegen and Ronald van Kempen
How do people deal with diversity in deprived and mixed urban neighbourhoods? This edited collection provides a comparative international perspective on superdiversity in cities, with explicit attention given to social inequality and social exclusion on a neighbourhood level.

Ethnicity, Race and Inequality in the UK by Bridget Byrne, Claire Alexander, Omar Khan, James Nazroo and William Shankley OPEN ACCESS
Commentary by some of the UK’s foremost scholars of race and ethnicity on data relating to a wide range of sectors of society, including employment, health, education, criminal justice, housing and representation in the arts and media.

Towards Ethical Policing By Dominic Wood
With debate about police ethics intensifying, this stimulating book considers afresh the fundamental role of officers and their relations with society.

Policing the Police: Challenges of Democracy and Accountability by Michael Rowe
How does society hold its police to account? It’s a vital part of upholding law and liberty but changing modes of policing delivery and new technologies call for fresh thinking about the way we guard our guards.

The Other America: White Working Class Perspectives on Race, Identity and Change by Harris Beider and Kusminder Chahal (forthcoming)
Widely stereotyped as anti-immigrant, against civil-rights or supporters of Trump and the right, can the white working class of America really be reduced to a singular group with similar views?

Agenda For Social Justice: Solutions For 2020 edited by Glenn Muschert, Kristen Budd, Michelle Christian and Robert Perrucci
The Agenda for Social Justice: Solutions for 2020 provides accessible insights into some of the most pressing social problems in the United States and proposes public policy responses to those problems.

Read: Police Homicides: The Terror of “American Exceptionalism” by Glenn W. Muschert

Race Policy and Multiracial Americans Edited by Kathleen Odell Korgen FREE EBOOK AVAILABLE
The first book to look at the impact of multiracial people on race policies—where they lag behind the growing numbers of multiracial people in the US and how they can be used to promote racial justice for multiracial Americans.

Understanding 'Race' and Ethnicity: Theory, History, Policy, Practice edited by Sangeeta Chattoo, Karl Atkin, Gary Craig and Ronny Flynn
This new edition of a widely-respected textbook examines welfare policy and racism in a broad framework that marries theory, evidence, history and contemporary debate.

Obama and the Biracial Factor Edited by Andrew J Jolivette FREE EBOOK AVAILABLE
The first book to explore the significance of mixed-race identity as a key factor in the election of President Obama and examines the sociological and political relationship between race, power, and public policy in the US.

Racism, Policy and Politics By Karim Murji FREE EBOOK AVAILABLE
A unique insight into the relationship between race and ethnicity scholarship and the reality of ‘real world’ policy and politics.

Hidden Stories of the Stephen Lawrence Inquiry by Richard Stone FREE EBOOK AVAILABLE
Hard-hitting and full of insightful detail, this is essential reading for academics, students, researchers and anyone interested in institutional racism, particularly in the police.

Community Organising against Racism by Gary Craig FREE EBOOK AVAILABLE
Reviews how different community development approaches can empower minority ethnic communities to confront racism and overcome social, economic and political disadvantage.

Race, Gangs and Youth Violence by Anthony Gunter
This book aims to challenge current thinking about serious youth violence and gangs, and their racialisation by the media and the police.

Building Better Societies edited by Rowland Atkinson, Lisa Mckenzie and Simon Winlow
A wide range of expert contributors outlining what might help to make better societies and which mechanisms, interventions and evidence are needed when we think about a better society.

Education Policy and Racial Biopolitics in Multicultural Cities by Kalervo N. Gulson and P. Taylor Webb
The empirical focus of this book is on the twenty year struggle by parents and members of the Black community in Toronto to introduce an Africentric Alternative School (AAS) with Black-focused curricula.

Promoting social cohesion edited by Ines Newman and Peter Ratcliffe FREE EBOOK AVAILABLE
A forthright case for a shift in policy focus from 'community cohesion' to the broader notion of social cohesion and is distinctive and innovative in its focus on evaluation.

Negotiating Cohesion, Inequality and Change by Hannah Jones
Explores how local government officers and politicians negotiate 'difficult subjects' linked with community cohesion policy: diversity, inequality, discrimination, extremism, migration, religion, class, power and change.

Lived Diversities by Charles Husband, Yunis Alam, Jorg Huettermann and Joanna Fomina FREE EBOOK AVAILABLE
A nuanced account of contemporary multi-ethnic coexistence and an invaluable contribution to our understanding of the politics and practice of multicultural coexistence.

Race, Racism and Social Work edited by Michael Lavalette and Laura Penketh
Affirms the importance of social work to address issues of ‘race’ and racism in education and training by presenting a critical review of a this demanding aspect of social work practice.

Social Work in a Diverse Society Edited by Charlotte Williams and Mekada J. Graham
The gap between the theory and the practice of working with Black and minority ethnic groups presents an ongoing conundrum for social work. This exciting textbook presents a new theory based on a rich understanding of the constraints and creativities of practice.

Ethnic Identity and Inequalities in Britain Edited by Stephen Jivraj and Ludi Simpson FREE EBOOK AVAILABLE
As debates around ethnic identity and inequality gain both political and media interest, this important book is the first to offer in-depth analysis from the last three UK population censuses focusing on the dynamics of ethnic identity and inequalities in contemporary Britain.


Inequality and African-American Health by Shirley A. Hill FREE EBOOK AVAILABLE
This book shows how living in a highly racialized society affects health through multiple social contexts, including neighbourhoods, personal and family relationships, and the medical system. 

Obama’s Welfare Legacy By Anne Daguerre FREE EBOOK AVAILABLE
An examination of Obama’s legacy on welfare and antipoverty policies, focusing in particular on the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

Responding to Hate Crime edited by Neil Chakraborti and Jon Garland
Bridges the gap between research and policy by bringing together internationally renowned hate crime experts from the domains of scholarship, policy and activism.

Supporting Victims of Hate Crime: A Practitioner Guide by Kusminder Chahal
This practical guide provides user-friendly, concise, expert and up-to-date guidance for both new and experienced hate crime caseworkers and advocates (whether professional or volunteers).

Education and Race from Empire to Brexit by Sally Tomlinson
Offers an historically informed discussion of the failure of the education systems in Britain to counter hostilities towards racial and ethnic minorities and migrants, which have escalated after the vote to leave the European Union, and left schools and universities failing to engage with a multiracial- multicultural society.


Journal articles on race and ethnicity

We have brought together this collection of articles focusing on race and ethnicity. Our race and ethnicity collection is available for free until 30 June.

The collection features articles from: 
Critical and Radical Social Work
Emotions and Society
European Journal of Politics and Gender
Evidence & Policy
Global Discourse
Journal of Gender Based Violence
Journal of Poverty and Social Justice
Journal of Psychosocial Studies

Critical and Radical Social Work


Black History Month: a provocation and a timeline
Authors: Charlotte Williams and Claudia Bernard

Ferguson proves the United States justice system is not broken, but working perfectly as designed
Author: Deona Hooper

Marxism and anti-racism
Author: Ken Olende

See also, our special issue Revolutionary social work: Promoting sustainable justice 
Guest Edited by Masoud Kamali & Jessica H. Jönsson
Including the articles;

Social work as protest: conversations with selected first black social work women in South Africa
Authors: Allucia Lulu Shokane and Mogomme Alpheus Masoga

The politics of hunger and the legacy of resistance in postcolonial social work
Author: Melinda Madew and Jason M. Leung

European Journal of Politics and Gender

Taking bread off the table: race, gender, resources and political ambition in Brazil
Author: Kristin Wylie

Emotions and Society

Emotional micro bases of social inequality: emotional energy, emotional domination and charismatic solidarity
Author: Randall Colins

Evidence and Policy

Scrutinising statistics, questioning BME unemployment: the uses of labour market statistics in Parliamentary Select Committee evidence sessions
Author: Julian Molina

Global Discourse 

'Cry God for Harry, England, and Saint George': Europe and the Limits of Integrating Identity
Author: Russell Foster

See also: our free themed issue: The Politics of Negative Emotions
Guest Edited by Dan Degerman

Journal of Gender Based Violence 

“I didn’t think this service was for people like us”: improving service response to BME survivors of sexual violence
Authors: Mariana Cancoro de Matos and Clare McFeely

Journal of Poverty and Social Justice

Gender, ethnicity and activism: 'the miracle is when we don't give up...'
Authors: Anna Daróczi, Angéla Kóczé, Jelena Jovanovic, Sarah Judith Cemlyn, Violeta Vajda, Vera Kurtić,  Alina Serban and Lisa Smith

Identity, representation and the 'acceptable face' of equalities policy making in Britain
Author: Asif Afridi

Journal of Psychosocial Studies

Laplanche and the anti-racist unconscious, rewriting seduction, listening to the noise
Author: Bogdan Popa


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