The Ethnic Myth: Race, Ethnicity, and Class in America

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Beacon Press, Jan 1, 2001 - Political Science - 317 pages
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Winner of the ASA, Oliver Cox Award for Anti-Racist Scholarship

From the author of The Ethnic Myth comes this cogent analysis of how social science has placed a liberal gloss on racism and failed to champion civil rights. From a powerful critique of Gunnar Myrdal's classic An American Dilemma to a new epilogue that dismantles the myth of black progress, Turning Back offers a challenge to liberals as well as conservatives, blacks as well as whites, who have fueled the current backlash by providing a spurious intellectual cover for gutting affirmative action and other policies designed to advance the cause of racial justice.
  

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Contents

My Education as a Teacher of Race Relations
1
RACIAL LIBERALISM THE RISE AND FALL OF A PARADIGM
19
An American Dilemma A New Liberal Orthodoxy on Race
21
Paradigm Crisis The Decline of Liberal Orthodoxy
50
The 1960s and the Scholarship of Confrontation
68
THE SCHOLARSHIP OF BACKLASH
95
Backlash Outside and Inside the University
97
The Liberal Retreat from Race during the PostCivil Rights Era
107
The Politics of Memory
156
Affirmative Action and Liberal Capitulation
164
THE ENDURING LEGACY OF SLAVERY
177
Occupational Apartheid and the Myth of the Black Middle Class
179
America Again at the Crossroads
205
Up from Slavery The Myth of Block Progress
221
Notes
242
Index
296

The Underclass A Case of Color Blindness Right and Left
137

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Stephen Steinberg teaches in the Department of Urban Studies at Queens College and the Ph.D. Program in Sociology at the Graduate Center, City University of New York. He is the author of The Ethnic Myth.

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