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The Matrix of Race

The Matrix of Race
Social Construction, Intersectionality, and Inequality

Second Edition
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October 2021 | 544 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Topically organized and drawing on the most up-to-date theories and perspectives in the field, The Matrix of Race, Second Edition examines the intersecting, multilayered identities of contemporary society, and the powerful social institutions that shape our understanding of race. Leading scholars Rodney D. Coates, Abby L. Ferber, and David L. Brunsma use a storytelling approach to illustrate how racial inequality has produced drastically different opportunities, experiences, and outcomes within all aspects of life, from schools, housing, medicine, and workplaces to our criminal justice and political systems. Readers are equipped with a historical perspective, theoretical framework, and diverse view of race and racial ideologies so that they can confidently participate and contribute to dialogues and practices that will ultimately dismantle race and racial structures.  
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Chapter 1. Race and the Social Construction of Difference
Chapter 2. The Shaping of a Nation: The Social Construction of Race in America
Chapter 3. The Social Construction and Regulation of Families
Chapter 4. Work and Wealth Inequity
Chapter 5. Health, Medicine, and Health Care
Chapter 6. Education
Chapter 7. Crime and Deviance
Chapter 8. Power, Politics, and Identities
Chapter 9. Sports and the American Dream 302
Chapter 10. The Military, War, and Terrorism
Chapter 11. The Media and Communication Technologies
Chapter 12. Transforming the Matrix, Transforming the Future


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I really like the intersectional perspective of this text.

Dr Mellissa Kay Wright
Sociology, High Point University
August 9, 2023

Current research and topics

Dr Linda Samuel
Sociology/Social Work Dept, North Carolina A&t State Univ
April 13, 2022
Key features


  • Every chapter from the First Edition has been thoroughly revised to reflect the latest research and current events.
  • Part II includes a new chapter on race in the context of the Media and Communication Technologies.
  • The Conclusion from the First Edition has been expanded into a final chapter examining contemporary social movements and new narratives about race that are challenging the status quo.
  • The new edition is available as a digital option through SAGE Vantage, an intuitive digital platform that offers auto-graded assignments and interactive multimedia tools—including video—all designed to enable students to better prepare for class.
  • The text is written by a trio of diverse race scholars who blend their distinct personal backgrounds, teaching experiences, and research interests.
  • Unlike many texts, The Matrix of Race is organized around the social institutions where race is lived and experienced, rather than the examination of individual groups.
  • A historical perspective throughout allows students to see how race has been shaped, maintained and transformed at multiple points across time.
  • The “Matrix” framework helps readers see the complexity and dynamic aspects of race, and incorporates a number of important theories and perspectives throughout:
    • Race is socially constructed—it changes from one place to another and across time.
    • Race is intersectional—it is embedded in other socially-constructed categories of difference like ethnicity, gender, social class, ethnicity, and sexuality.
    • There are two sides to race—oppression and privilege—and many of us experience forms of both.
    • It is more useful to focus on the structures of society than to blame individuals for racial inequality
  • The text emphasizes the powerful role of narrative in the social construction of race and difference, using four different types of stories:
    • Stock stories told mainly by the dominant group.
    • Concealed stories that reveal hidden truths about race.
    • Resistance stories that directly challenge the status quo.
    • Transforming stories that offer a vision of a racial justice.
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