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Race and Ethnicity in the United States: Issues and Debates

ISBN: 978-0-631-20831-0
368 pages
April 2000, ©2000, Wiley-Blackwell
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This volume brings together some of the most incisive recent scholarship on race, ethnicity and public policy.
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List of Contributors.


Note to the Reader.

Section I: Anti-Racist Public Policy in the Post-Civil Rights Era.

Part I: The Eclipse of Anti-Racist Public Policy.

Part II: The National Conversation on Race.

Part III: The Racial Division of Labor.

Part IV: The Race Versus Class Debate.

Part V: The Future of Affirmative Action.

Part VI: Should the Ghetto Be "Dismantled"?.

Part VII: School Desegregation.

Part VIII: Racial Districting.

Section II: The Politics of Diversity.

Part IX: The Meaning of American Nationality.

Part X: The Melting Pot: Myth or Reality?.

Part XI: The Immigration Debate.

Part XII: Multicultural Education.

Part XIII: Language Politics.

Part XIV: Self-Segregation on College Campuses.

Part XV: The Debate Over "Identity Politics".

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Stephen Steinberg is Professor of Urban Studies at Queens College and a Professor of Sociology at The Graduate Center of The City University of New York. His previous books include The Ethnic Myth: Race, Ethnicity, and Class in America and Turning Back: The Retreat from Racial Justice in American Thought and Policy which received the Oliver Cromwell Cox Award for Distinguished Anti-Racist Scholarship. In addition to his academic work, he has published articles in The Nation, Reconstruction, and New Politics.
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  • Addresses key issues related to race and ethnicity subject to current debate and controversy

  • Explores the intersections among the academy, public policy, and popular understandings of race and ethnicity

  • Two readings for each issue offer contrasting viewpoints
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"At a time when the race debate seems dominated by those who basically want blacks to disappear, Stephen Steinberg's collection of divergent views expressed by supporters of racial equality makes for enlightening reading and provides a welcome reassurance that racial retrenchment has not stifled new approaches to what is apparently a perpetual problem." Derrick Bell, author of Faces at the Bottom of the Well: The Permanence of Racism

"America's intergroup scene today is both highly complex and poorly understood. Steinberg has neatly managed to capture much of this complexity with thirty pithy articles from a wide range of authors and perspectives. Timely, pointed, and well-organized, this collection can be strongly recommended." Thomas F. Pettigrew, University of California, Santa Cruz

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