The Companion explores six interlined themes: history, theory, political economy, space, culture, and between borders. These sections situate both the historical background and contemporary forms of racial and ethnic configuration in contemporary societies.
A handbook such as this has a number of purposes. The first and most important of these is to provide a comprehensive and contemporary overview of major developments in the study of race and ethnicity. The second purpose of this handbook is to provide both general and specialist readers with a resource to explore the field of race and ethnic studies and all its different facets.