"Sander Gilman and James Thomas have undertaken a weighty task; they have provided a framework that helps us to decipher the science behind race and racism. As provocative as the book’s title is, you will find ample evidence and persuasive arguments for why a reliance on medicalizing racism is not enough in our quest to not only understand it but also to eradicate racism." -Deirdre Cooper Owens,author of Medical Superbodies: Slavery, Immigration, and the Birth of American Gynecology
"Gilman and Thomas make their case methodically, with rigorous, far-reaching scholarship. They provide no easy answers but plenty of food for thought amid America’s current crisis in race relations."-Publishers Weekly
“Sander Gilman and James Thomas have provided a unique intellectual and political history of racial theorizing – and have generated a virtual ‘cognitive road map’ of how anti-Semitism as leitmotif has played such a powerful, even dominant role in the way scholars and researchers have approached the subject matter, whether in Europe, the United States, or South Africa. Few works even attempt to piece together so much material, while pulling a convincing thread through a sustained argument.”-Troy Duster,author of Backdoor to Eugenics
"Gilman and Thomas make a major contribution to racial theory. They study the deep structures of racism, not only in plunder, privilege, and antipathy for the 'other,' but also in the scientific frameworks that seek to explain 'otherness,' sometimes affirming it, sometimes denying it. Locating racism within biopolitics, Are Racists Crazy? sheds new light on such varied matters as implicit bias and authoritarian populism. Most important, this book unveils the inescapable political connections between race and science."-Howard Winant,author of The New Politics Of Race: Globalism, Difference, Justice
About the Author
James M. Thomas is Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Mississippi. He is the author of Working to Laugh: Assembling Difference in American Stand-Up Comedy Venues and Affective Labour: (Dis)Assembling Distance and Difference.