Racism: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) by Ali Rattansi

By Ali Rattansi

From sophisticated discrimination in daily life, to horrors like lynching within the previous South, cultural imperialism, and "ethnic cleansing", racism exists in lots of diversified types, in nearly each part of society. regardless of civil rights hobbies and different makes an attempt at development, racial prejudices and stereotypes stay deeply embedded in Western tradition. Racism takes a frank and aim examine why those notions exist. It explores how racism has end up so firmly tested, and appears at how race, ethnicity, and xenophobia are comparable. This ebook contains the most recent examine to demystify the topic of racism and discover its background, technological know-how, and tradition. It sheds gentle not just on how racism has advanced considering the fact that its earliest beginnings, but in addition explores the varied embodiments of racism, highlighting the anomaly of its survival, regardless of the clinical discrediting of the idea of 'race' with the most recent advances in genetics. As encompassing because it is concise, Racism is a necessary consultant to 1 of the world's so much damaging problems.

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Indians were also seen as child-like in their innocence and gentle behaviour, and feminine in their supposed deviousness and cowardliness. Sometimes Indian society was interpreted as having decayed from its earlier spirituality into a more greedy and money-obsessed culture, but still retaining sufficient otherworldliness to be unsuitable for the modern world of science and technology. As becomes clear from Ashis Nandy’s brilliant exploration in Intimate Enemy (1983), there was no single stereotype, only contradictory ones that characterized European imperial discourses on Indians.

Amerigo’s noble savage, as he came to be called, was characterized by a number of unique freedoms: from clothes, private property, hierarchy or subordination, sexual taboos, and religion. This added up to a perfect ‘state of nature’. Racial classification and the Enlightenment The form of rationality that predominated in the Enlightenment was primarily classificatory and the manner in which the idea of race was increasingly pressed into service to make sense of natural variety reflected this classificatory zeal.

Most significant in the present context is the British colonial authorities’ attempted racial classification of the Indian population. The division of India into two main races became established as a basis for army recruitment. India was said to be divided between a fair-complexioned, Sanskrit-speaking, martial people of ‘Aryan’ descent who had made their way from the northwest, and a darkerskinned, inferior race. The ‘Aryans’ were regarded as a people with European origins, especially because of the notion of a common group of Indo-Aryan and European languages.

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