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Research guide: Investigating Race
"The problem of the twentieth century is the problem of the color-line."
W. E. B. Du Bois, The Souls of Black Folk, 1903

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Reference Books

Gale electronic Reference books available on your laptop 24/7:

  • International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences, 9 v, 2008
    Covers scholarship and fields that have emerged and matured since the publication of the original international edition. Highlights the expanding influence of economics in social science research and features new articles and biographies contributed by scholars from around the world on a wide array of global topics in the social sciences.
  • Encyclopedia of Race and Racism, 3 v, 2008
    Examines the anthropological, sociological, historical, economic, and scientific theories of race and racism in the modem era. Delves into the historic origins of ideas of race and racism and explores their social and scientific consequences. Includes biographies of significant theorists, as well as political and social leaders and notorious racists.
  • Encyclopedia of African-American Culture and History, 6 v, 2006
    A five-volume set and supplement covering all aspects of the African-American experience from 1619 to the present day. Using biographies, historical essays, and thematic pieces, many written by foremost scholars, it addresses a wide array of subjects in over 2,300 articles to define in one source the cultural roots, participation in American life, and current condition of the African-American community.
  • Encyclopedia of Science, Technology, and Ethics, 4 v, 2005
    This Encyclopedia considers both the professional ethics of science and technology, and the ethical and political issues raised by science and technology in an increasingly complex and global society. This broad coverage supports the numerous courses in applied and professional ethics and policy related to the practice of science and technology in education.

Reference books located on the second floor of the library:

  • Encyclopedia of race and ethnic studies edited by Ellis Cashmore
    REF GN495.6 .C37 2003
  • Dictionary of race, ethnicity and culture by edited by Guido Bolaffi et al
    REF GN496 .D53 2003
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Circulating Books

LC Subject: Race

  • Against race: imagining political culture beyond the color line by Paul Gilroy
    HT1521 .G524 2000
    Gilroy explores the connection between fascism and racism and offers an analysis of history that can help readers reorient themselves to a cosmopolitan outlook, free from racist assumptions.
  • The Problem of Race in the 21st Century by Thomas C. Holt
    HT1521 .H585 2000
    Thomas Holt examines how the circumstances of race and racism have changed in our time, and how these changes will affect our future. Holt analyzes the contradictions and incoherence of a system that idealizes black celebrities in politics, popular culture, and sports even as it diminishes the average African-American citizen.
  • Racism by Albert Memmi ; foreword by Kwame Anthony Appiah ; translated and with an introduction by Steve Martinot.
    HT1521 .M4413 2000
    Albert Memmi investigates racism as social pathology, a cultural disease that prevails because it allows one segment of society to empower itself at the expense of another. By turns historical, sociological, and autobiographical, Racism moves beyond individual prejudice and taste to engage the broader questions of collective behavior and social responsibility
  • Race, racism, and science: social impact and interaction by John P. Jackson Jr., and Nadine M. Weidman
    HT1521 .J33 2004
    Jackson and Weidman offer a chronological account of how and why racial categories were created and how the study of race evolved in multiple academic disciplines, including genetics, psychology, sociology, and anthropology. In a bibliographic essay at the conclusion of each of the book's seven sections, the authors recommend primary texts.
  • Man's most dangerous myth: the fallacy of race by Ashley Montagu
    GN280 .M59 1997
    This is the original major work disputing the concept of race. It was published during the Nazi programs of World War II. Montagu has gone from being an iconoclast to being the founding contributor of a large group of authors who have rejected genetic determinism based on race. This new edition contains Montagu's most complete explication of his theory and a thorough updating of previous editions
  • The meaning of race: race, history and culture in Western society by Kenan Malik.
    HT1521 .M257 1996
    Malik follows the development of racial ideology over the past two hundred years, tracing the different forms it has taken, from biological theories of race to the relationship between race and culture. Specific attention is focused on the impact of the break up of the postwar order and the end of the Cold War and the concomitant repoliticisation of the notion of racial difference.
  • The idea of race edited, with introductions, by Robert Bernasconi and Tommy L. Lott.
    GN269 .I34 2000
    In the first section, pre-20th century works are chronologically arranged to indicate the historical development of the idea of race with representative articles by the influential thinkers who held polygenetic, monogenetic, degeneracy, climatic, and early mixed-race theories. The remaining section offers classic 20th century sources that both reiterate and contest ideas of race as scientific, as well as several philosophically relevant essays that take into account the motives, or interests, behind these views.
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Library Databases

  • Academic Search Premier
    Full Text article database which includes articles from a number of academic journals across all disciplines, including history journals. Covers 1975 to the present.
  • Project Muse
    Full text articles from 300 humanities, arts, and social sciences journals.
  • PsycINFO
    Index to Psychology and related fields
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Audio Visual Materials
  • Race - The Power of an Illusion
    GN269 .R33 2003
    3-part documentary about race in society, science and history challenges the construct of racism.
  • Understanding Race
    GN269 .U53 2003
    Views race through historical, scientific and cultural contexts and contends that race is an artificial distinction, unsupported by genetic facts.
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Web Resources
  • Race - The Power of an Illusion
    The online companion to California Newsreel's 3-part documentary about race in society, science and history, which is available at the Ikeda Circulation desk.
  • Understanding Race: Are we so different?
    American Anthropological Association's companion website to an exhibit that "brings together the everyday experience of living with race, its history as an idea, the role of science in that history, and the findings of contemporary science that are challenging its foundations." Site includes a video timeline about race in America back to 1600, games and activities, and features on topics such as human variation, human skin color, and genetics.
  • Is Race Real?
    This Web forum is organized by the Social Sciences Research Council. The SSRC offers essays on the subject of race and genomics by leading researchers with a diverse set of disciplinary and analytic perspectives. It is meant to serve as a tool for scholars, educators, policy makers and students.
For more help doing research on Race you can make an appointment with Lisa Polfer, the Reference Librarian, at, use the 'Ask a Question' button on the library webpage or call the reference desk at ext. 4105 at any time.

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