Skip to main content

Racial Conflict in Global Society

Racial Conflict in Global Society

John Stone, Polly Rizova

ISBN: 978-0-745-68640-0 September 2014 Polity 208 Pages




Despite global shifts in world power, racial conflict remains one of the major problems of contemporary social life. This concise and engaging book demonstrates the interplay between identity, power and conflict in the creation, persistence and transformation of patterns of race and ethnic relations across the globe.

Stone and Rizova employ a neo-Weberian comparative approach to explore how evolving systems of group conflict have been - and continue to be - impacted by changes in the world system, global capitalism, multinational corporations, and transnational alliances and institutions. The authors analyse critical debates about ‘post-racialism’, ‘exceptionalism’, ethnic warfare and diversity management in global organizations, drawing on cases from South Africa to Darfur, and from global migration to the Arab Spring uprisings. In conclusion, the search for effective strategies of conflict resolution and the quest for racial justice are evaluated from multiple perspectives.

Racial Conflict in Global Society provides stimulating insights into the basic factors underlying racial conflict and consensus in the early decades of the twenty-first century. It is essential reading for scholars and students across the social and political sciences, management and international relations.


Chapter 1. Diversity: Conflicts in the New Millennium

Chapter 2. Power: The Changing Geo-politics of Race

Chapter 3. Boundaries: Identity in the New World Disorder

Chapter 4. Organizations: Challenges Facing Global Institutions

Chapter 5. Violence: Extreme Racial Conflict

Chapter 6. Justice: The Search for Solutions


An outstanding, thoroughly accessible account of race issues across the planet, showing impeccable scholarship and an international grasp of contemporary debates. This book is certain to have a significant impact on generations of scholars and students grappling with these questions now and in the future.
Ian Law, CERS (Centre for Ethnicity and Racism Studies), University of Leeds

This gracefully written volume corrects the narrow views of race and racism that have become increasingly dominant in recent years. Stretching across the globe and historical eras, this is a masterful survey, which manages to inform without getting the reader lost in details by developing a supple yet coherent perspective with deep roots in social theory.
Richard Alba, CUNY