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Systemic Racism in the United States

Scaffolding as Social Construction

  • Robbie W.C. Tourse
  • Johnnie Hamilton-Mason
  • Nancy J. Wewiorski

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxii
  2. Robbie W. C. Tourse, Johnnie Hamilton-Mason, Nancy J. Wewiorski
    Pages 1-15
  3. Robbie W. C. Tourse, Johnnie Hamilton-Mason, Nancy J. Wewiorski
    Pages 17-23
  4. Robbie W. C. Tourse, Johnnie Hamilton-Mason, Nancy J. Wewiorski
    Pages 25-38
  5. Robbie W. C. Tourse, Johnnie Hamilton-Mason, Nancy J. Wewiorski
    Pages 39-60
  6. Robbie W. C. Tourse, Johnnie Hamilton-Mason, Nancy J. Wewiorski
    Pages 61-77
  7. Robbie W. C. Tourse, Johnnie Hamilton-Mason, Nancy J. Wewiorski
    Pages 79-99
  8. Robbie W. C. Tourse, Johnnie Hamilton-Mason, Nancy J. Wewiorski
    Pages 101-114
  9. Robbie W. C. Tourse, Johnnie Hamilton-Mason, Nancy J. Wewiorski
    Pages 115-128
  10. Robbie W. C. Tourse, Johnnie Hamilton-Mason, Nancy J. Wewiorski
    Pages 129-147
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 149-153

About this book

Introduction

"Tourse, Hamilton-Mason, and Wewiorski discuss major concepts that help explicate the systemic nature of institutionalized racism in the U.S. – with a focus on social construction, oppression, scaffolding, and institutional web – providing insight into racist thought and behavior that construct and mark people of color as 'a problem.' […] I highly recommend this book for those who are engaged in working to combat domination and racism at the local, national, and global levels."

-Gary Bailey, DHL, MSW, ACSW, Professor of Practice, Director of Urban Leadership Program, Simmons College School of Social Work

This important volume provides a powerful overview of racism in the United States: what it is, how it works, and the social, cultural, and institutional structures that have evolved to keep it in place. It dissects the rise of legalized discrimination against four major racial groups (First Nations, Africans, Mexicans, and Chinese) and its perpetuation as it affects these groups and new immigrants today. The book’s scaffolding framework—which takes in institutions from the government to our educational systems—explains why racism remains in place despite waves of social change. At the same time, contributors describe social justice responses being used to erode racism in its most familiar forms, and at its roots.       

This timely resource:

  • Examines the sociology of discrimination as a constant in daily life.
  • Traces the history of the legalization of racism in the United States.
  • Locates key manifestations of racism in the American psyche.
  • Links racism to other forms of discrimination.
  • Identifies the interlocking components of institutionalized racism.
  • Offers contemporary examples of resistance to racism.
A forceful synthesis of history and social theory, Systemic Racism in the United States is vital reading for practitioners and other professionals in fields related to human rights, social policy, and psychology. And as a classroom text, it challenges its readers to deepen their understanding of both historical process and current developments. 

Keywords

Post-racialism Legalization of racism Institutional racism Systemic racism Discrimination and prejudice Internalized racism Social justice Race in America Using Scaffolding in the Social Sciences Dismantling Racism Deconstructing Racism in America

Authors and affiliations

  • Robbie W.C. Tourse
    • 1
  • Johnnie Hamilton-Mason
    • 2
  • Nancy J. Wewiorski
    • 3
  1. 1.Boston College School of Social WorkChestnut HillUSA
  2. 2.Simmons College School of Social WorkBostonUSA
  3. 3.U.S. Department of Veterans AffairsBedfordUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-72233-7
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-72232-0
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-72233-7
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