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The Imperative of Integration - Elizabeth Anderson

The Imperative of Integration


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More than forty years have passed since Congress, in response to the Civil Rights Movement, enacted sweeping antidiscrimination laws in the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Voting Rights Act of 1965, and the Fair Housing Act of 1968. As a signal achievement of that legacy, in 2008, Americans elected their first African American president. Some would argue that we have finally arrived at a postracial America, but "The Imperative of Integration" indicates otherwise. Elizabeth Anderson demonstrates that, despite progress toward racial equality, African Americans remain disadvantaged on virtually all measures of well-being. Segregation remains a key cause of these problems, and Anderson skillfully shows why racial integration is needed to address these issues. Weaving together extensive social science findings--in economics, sociology, and psychology--with political theory, this book provides a compelling argument for reviving the ideal of racial integration to overcome injustice and inequality, and to build a better democracy.

Considering the effects of segregation and integration across multiple social arenas, Anderson exposes the deficiencies of racial views on both the right and the left. She reveals the limitations of conservative explanations for black disadvantage in terms of cultural pathology within the black community and explains why color blindness is morally misguided. Multicultural celebrations of group differences are also not enough to solve our racial problems. Anderson provides a distinctive rationale for affirmative action as a tool for promoting integration, and explores how integration can be practiced beyond affirmative action.

Offering an expansive model for practicing political philosophy in close collaboration with the social sciences, this book is a trenchant examination of how racial integration can lead to a more robust and responsive democracy.

Winner of the 2011 Joseph B. Gittler Award, The American Philosophical Association One of Choice's Significant University Press Titles for Undergraduates for 2010-2011 "[A] real tour de force of philosophical argumentation utilizing social science data."--Brian Leiter, Leiter Reports blog "[T]his book is an impressive addition to the growing literature in so-called 'non-ideal' political theory, which as Anderson herself notes, begins 'from a diagnosis of injustices in our actual world, rather than from a picture of an ideal world.'"--Andrew Peirce, Philosophy in Review

Prefacep. ix
Segregation and Social Inequalityp. 1
Racial Segregation and Material Inequality in the United Statesp. 23
Segregation, Racial Stigma, and Discriminationp. 44
Racial Segregation Today: A Normative Assessmentp. 67
Democratic Ideals and Segregationp. 89
The Imperative of Integrationp. 112
Understanding Affirmative Actionp. 135
The Folly and Incoherence of Color Blindnessp. 155
The Ordeal and Promise of Integrationp. 180
Notesp. 193
Indexp. 239
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ISBN: 9780691139814
ISBN-10: 0691139814
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 264
Published: 27th September 2010
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.2 x 16.7  x 2.4
Weight (kg): 0.51