chapter  2
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Conceptualizing “Welfare Racism”

The racism-centered perspective we use draws upon radical political economy and radical black feminist or “womanist” perspectives, and employs concepts such as the “racial state,” “racist culture,” “controlling images,” “gendered racism,” and “policy as ideology.” In this chapter we introduce and explain these concepts, together with our key analytical concept of “welfare racism.” Such concepts will be used to draw attention to and analyze important phenomena that mainstream perspectives tend to ignore.