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Racialized Politics : The Debate About Racism in America - David O. Sears

Racialized Politics

The Debate About Racism in America

By: David O. Sears (Editor)

Paperback Published: 1st January 1999
ISBN: 9780226744070
Number Of Pages: 352

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Are Americans less prejudiced now than they were thirty years ago, or has racism simply gone "underground"? Is racism something we learn as children, or is it a result of certain social groups striving to maintain their privileged positions in society?
In "Racialized Politics," political scientists, sociologists, and psychologists explore the current debate surrounding the sources of racism in America. Published here for the first time, the essays represent three major approaches to the topic. The social psychological approach maintains that prejudice socialized early in life feeds racial stereotypes, while the social structural viewpoint argues that behavior is shaped by whites' fear of losing their privileged status. The third perspective looks to non-racially inspired ideology, including attitudes about the size and role of government, as the reason for opposition to policies such as affirmative action. Timely and important, this collection provides a state-of-the-field assessment of the current issues and findings on the role of racism in mass politics and public opinion.
Contributors are Lawrence Bobo, Gretchen C. Crosby, Michael C. Dawson, Christopher Federico, P. J. Henry, John J. Hetts, Jennifer L. Hochschild, William G. Howell, Michael Hughes, Donald R. Kinder, Rick Kosterman, Tali Mendelberg, Thomas F. Pettigrew, Howard Schuman, David O. Sears, James Sidanius, Pam Singh, Paul M. Sniderman, Marylee C. Taylor, and Steven A. Tuch.

Preface and Acknowledgmentsp. vii
List of Contributorsp. xi
Race in American Politics: Framing the Debatesp. 1
Individualism Reconsidered: Principles and Prejudice in Contemporary American Opinionp. 44
Egalitarian Values and Contemporary Racial Politicsp. 75
The Significance of Racial Contextp. 118
Race and Beliefs about Affirmative Action: Assessing the Effects of Interests, Group Threat, Ideology, and Racismp. 137
How Beliefs about Poverty Influence Racial Policy Attitudes: A Study of Whites, African Americans, Hispanics, and Asians in the United Statesp. 165
It's Not Affirmative Action, It's the Blacks: The Continuing Relevance of Race in American Politicsp. 191
The Politics of Racep. 236
Systematizing the Predictors of Prejudicep. 280
The Perils of Correlation, the Lure of Labels, and the Beauty of Negative Resultsp. 302
Lumpers and Splitters, Individuals and Structures: Comments on Racialized Politicsp. 324
Slowly Coming to Grips with the Effects of the American Racial Order on American Policy Preferencesp. 344
Notesp. 359
Referencesp. 391
Author Indexp. 417
Subject Indexp. 425
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ISBN: 9780226744070
ISBN-10: 0226744078
Series: Studies in Communication, Media & Public Opinion
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 1st January 1999
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.0 x 15.5  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.6