Racialized Politics: The Debate about Racism in America

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David O. Sears, Jim Sidanius, Lawrence Bobo
University of Chicago Press, Feb 15, 2000 - Political Science - 432 pages
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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.
  

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Contents

ONE Race in American Politics
1
TWO Individualism Reconsidered
44
THREE Egalitarian Values
75
FOUR The Significance of Racial
118
FIVE Race and Beliefs
137
Influence Racial Policy Attitudes
165
SEVEN Its Not Affirmative Action
191
EIGHT The Politics of Race
236
TEN The Perils of Correlation
302
ELEVEN Lumpers and Splitters
324
TWELVE Slowly Coming to Grips with
344
Notes
359
References
391
Author Index
417
Subject Index
425
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NINE Systematizing the Predictors
280

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Professor of sociology and Afro-American Studies at Harvard University.