Black Atlantic Politics: Dilemmas of Political Empowerment in Boston and Liverpool

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SUNY Press, Aug 3, 2000 - Political Science - 344 pages
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This first comprehensive comparative study of Black politics focuses on American and British settings--Boston and Liverpool. The author argues that Black communities on both sides of the Atlantic face a host of social, economic, and political constraints produced by hierarchical racial systems that promote White dominance and Black subordination.
Built on a strong historical foundation and on interviews with over 150 political activists, academicians, politicians, and public administrators, this study examines some of the most important issues in the field of urban politics: the mobilization of bias in the political system, race and class constraints on the exercise of political influence, the impact of racial and political ideologies on the external policy environment, dilemmas associated with the mobilization of minority leadership, Black electoral strategies and political participation, the social consequences of urban regeneration, urban riots, school desegregation, the development of effective Black political resources, and conflict and cooperation in the internal politics of the Black community.
 

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Excellent insight into the political/race aspects of Liverpool's black community. Many of Mr. Nelson's
observations have come to fruition, for example the gentrification process has turned full
circle .....
recommended to anyone interested in black participation in Liverpool UK. He would no doubt have been disappointed with the decline of the Charles Wootton and the success of dismantaling a vibrant and established community!! Thank You Prof. for a vital piece of our history!!
 

Contents

The Black Atlantic Race and Local Politics
3
Boston and Liverpool A Tale of Two Cities
29
Black Politics in Boston
61
Boston City Governance and Black Political Empowerment
63
Black Political Linkage The Search for Alternative Sources of Power
87
Boston Strategic Dimensions of Black Politics
105
Resource Mobilization and Black Political Linkage
133
Black Politics in Liverpool
163
The Toxteth Riots and the Race Policy Agenda
197
Liverpool Political Strategies and Political Empowerment
237
Linkage Politics and Political Resources
261
Comparative Racial Politics
283
Boston and Liverpool The Comparative Context of Black Politics
285
Notes
305
Index
333
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Liverpool Local Governance and Black Political Empowerment
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William E. Nelson Jr. is Research Professor of African American and African Studies and Professor of Political Science at The Ohio State University. He is coauthor (with Philip Meranto) of Electing Black Mayors: Political Action in the Black Community.

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