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Black Politics Today : The Era of Socioeconomic Transition - Theodore J. Davis

Black Politics Today

The Era of Socioeconomic Transition

Paperback Published: 10th October 2011
ISBN: 9780415879156
Number Of Pages: 200

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The late 1980s ushered in a new era of black politics, the socioeconomic transition era. Coming on the heels of the protest era and politics era, the current stage is characterized by the emergence of a new black middle-class that came of age after the Civil Rights struggle. Although class still isna (TM)t a strong factor in the external politics of the black community, it is increasingly a wedge issue in the communitya (TM)s internal politics. Black politics today is increasingly less about the interest of the larger group and more about the interest of smaller subgroups within the community.

Theodore Davis argues that the greatest threat to the social and political cohesiveness of the so-called black community may be the rise of a socially and economically privileged group among the ranks of black America. This rift has affected blacksa (TM) ability to organize effectively and influence politics. Davis traces the changes in economic status, public opinion, political power and participation, and leadership over three generations of black politics. The result is an insightful analysis of black politics today.

"In Black Politics Today, Theodore J. Davis provides a comprehensive analysis of the evolution of African American politics and its current state in 'post-racial' America. Despite the many elections of black politicians as well as the election of the first African American president, racism, socioeconomic divisions among haves and have-nots, and a leadership void impede economic and political progress in black communities. Black Politics Today is a fine addition to the literature on racial politics and American politics generally." --Sharon D. Wright Austin, University of Florida "Ted Davis' Black Politics Today is a comprehensive analysis of black politics in America. Particularly insightful is Davis' examination of the evolution of black politics beginning with the 'Protest Era' of the 1940s and continuing up through the 'New Era of Black Politics,' which includes the election of the first African American president, Barack Obama. Davis is especially skillful in showing how race has played a fundamental role in shaping black politics and how the changes in the social and economic structures of the black community have contributed to the political maturation of black politics in America. His book makes a significant scholarly contribution." --Dewey M. Clayton, University of Louisville "Davis brings a deep understanding of the complexities of African American political experiences in this important new book on the dynamics of black politics in the age of Obama. The book challenges us to think carefully about the future of American politics in the face of growing economic inequality and diversity." --Jane Junn, University of Southern California

List of Figuresp. viii
List of Tablesp. x
Acknowledgmentsp. xii
Black Politics Today: The Evolutionp. 1
A Community in Transition and Dividing by Classp. 22
The Foundations for a Political Dividep. 45
Attitudes and Perceptions in Black and White: What They Suggest About Race and Politicsp. 62
Blacks' Public Opinion Today: A Question of Consensusp. 82
Black Politics and the Continuing Struggle for Political Influence in the Socioeconomic Transition Erap. 97
Black Political Leadership Todayp. 122
Beyond Socioeconomic Status: Other Factors Influencing Black Politics Todayp. 142
Notesp. 156
Bibliographyp. 170
Indexp. 179
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ISBN: 9780415879156
ISBN-10: 0415879159
Series: Routledge Series on Identity Politics
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 200
Published: 10th October 2011
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.24  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.27
Edition Number: 1