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Politics in Black and White : Race and Power in Los Angeles - Raphael J. Sonenshein

Politics in Black and White

Race and Power in Los Angeles

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Published: 1st September 1994
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This book reaches deep into the past of the city of Los Angeles and carries through to the dramatic events that have recently received global attention--the Rodney King beating and the uprising in South Central L.A. Tracing the evolution of an extraordinary biracial coalition in Los Angeles behind Mayor Tom Bradley, Raphael Sonenshein shows how "crossover" politics and racial violence coexist in urban America. While challenging the prevailing pessimism about biracial coalitions in general, he also compares their relative successes in Los Angeles to their disheartening failures in New York City. What emerges is a probing look at a crucial issue of politics in the United States: can whites and minorities find common ground?

Winner of the 1994 Ralph J. Bunche Award, American Political Science Association "[A] perceptive and compelling analysis of the course of interracial politics in Los Angeles."--John White, The Times Higher Education Supplement "An excellent account of the Bradley era."--Los Angeles Times "In addition to being almost as current as the newspaper, Raphael Sonenshein provides a wealth of detail carefully placed in the evolving history of racial politics of Los Angeles... Much like Moses and the promised land, Sonenshein's book offers a view of what the future may hold for racial coalitions... The analysis in Politics in Black and White offers valuable guidance to those who seek to understand politics in our increasingly diverse society."--Charles S. Bullock, III, Political Science Quarterly "This is clearly a valuable volume that needs to be studied by anybody who is concerned with the pragmatic and moral problems of race and ethnicity in American politics."--John Louis Lucaites, Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science "... a book that will set an agenda for research and the interpretation of urban politics for years to come... The story that Sonenshein tells is vivid, based on solid evidence, and convincing."--Melvin L. Oliver, Contemporary Sociology

List of Illustrations
List of Tables
Preface
Acknowledgments
Background
Overview: Biracial Coalition Politicsp. 3
Minorities in the Entrepreneurial City: 1781-1960p. 21
First Victories: 1960-1963p. 36
The Road to Power
The Roots of Biracial Politics: The Tenth Districtp. 55
Race, Ideology, and the Formation of a New Citywide Coalitionp. 67
The 1969 Mayoral Crusadep. 85
Biracial Victory: The 1973 Mayoral Electionp. 101
Factional Conflicts and the Consolidation of Biracial Powerp. 114
The Coalition in Power
Political Change: Power Shiftsp. 139
Economic Change: A Mixed Recordp. 163
Political Hegemony: 1973-1985p. 176
The Breakdown of Consensus: 1985-1990p. 191
The Rodney King Case and Los Angeles Coalition Politicsp. 210
Endings and Beginnings
Biracial Coalition Politics in Los Angeles and New York Cityp. 229
Multiracial Coalitions in the Future of Los Angeles: Politics beyond Black and Whitep. 246
Conclusions and Implications: Toward a New Contract for Biracial Politicsp. 269
Referencesp. 283
Indexp. 293
Table of Contents provided by Blackwell. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780691025483
ISBN-10: 0691025487
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 1st September 1994
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.52
Edition Type: Revised