Behind the Mule: Race and Class in African-American Politics

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Princeton University Press, 1994 - Political Science - 234 pages
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Political scientists and social choice theorists often assume that economic diversification within a group produces divergent political beliefs and behaviors. Michael Dawson demonstrates, however, that the growth of a black middle class has left race as the dominant influence on African- American politics. Why have African Americans remained so united in most of their political attitudes? To account for this phenomenon, Dawson develops a new theory of group interests that emphasizes perceptions of "linked fates" and black economic subordination.Political scientists and social choice theorists often assume that economic diversification within a group produces divergent political beliefs and behaviors. Michael Dawson demonstrates, however, that the growth of a black middle class has left race as the dominant influence on African- American politics. Why have African Americans remained so united in most of their political attitudes? To account for this phenomenon, Dawson develops a new theory of group interests that emphasizes perceptions of "linked fates" and black economic subordination.
 

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Contents

Race Class and AfricanAmerican Economic Polarization
15
Figures
19
The Politicization of AfricanAmerican Racial Group Interests
45
AFRICANAMERICAN POLITICAL BEHAVIOR
69
Data and Models for Chapter 4
89
hard on black issues 1984
109
Data and Models for Chapter 5
122
candidates on selected issues 1984
137
Data and Models for Chapter 6
158
with Cathy Cohen andRonald E Brown
181
Data and Models for Chapter 8
200
Bibliography
213
Index
227
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