Can We All Get Along? Racial and Ethnic Minorities in American Politics

ISBN-10: 0813344239
ISBN-13: 9780813344232
Edition: 5th 2010
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Description: In a nation built by immigrants and bedeviled by the history and legacy of slavery and discrimination, issues of liberty, equality, and community continue to challenge Americans. In the fifth edition of this widely acclaimed text, Paula McClain and  More...

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Book details

List price: $44.00
Edition: 5th
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Westview Press
Publication date: 7/14/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

In a nation built by immigrants and bedeviled by the history and legacy of slavery and discrimination, issues of liberty, equality, and community continue to challenge Americans. In the fifth edition of this widely acclaimed text, Paula McClain and Joseph Stewart combine traditional elements of political science analysis-history, Constitutional theory, institutions, political behavior, and policy actors-with a fully updated survey of the political status of four major groups: blacks, Latinos, Asian Americans, and American Indians. McClain and Stewart show similarities and differences in these groupsrsquo; political action and experience, and point the way toward coalition, competition, and consensus building in the face of ongoing conflict. Two dilemmas shape the book: How do we as a nation reconcile a commitment to equality with persistent inequality and discrimination? And what can we do about it-from the perspective of ethnic and racial minorities as well as within the dominant culture? Thoroughly updated following the historic 2008 presidential election, this new edition provides a concise overview of minority politics in America.

List of Illustrations and Maps
List of Acronyms
Preface
America's Dilemmas
Terms Used in This Book
Race and Ethnicity
American Government Foundation and Racial Minorities
The Constitution and Black and Indian Citizenship
Citizenship and Later Minorities: Latinos and Asians
The Constitution and Black and Indian Suffrage
Structure of This Book
Conclusion
Resources and Status of America's Racial Minorities
Population Size, Socioeconomic Status, and Concentration
Participation in a Civil Rights Movement
Voting Rights Law
Conclusion
America's Racial Minorities in the Contemporary Political System: Actors
Group Identity and Perceptions of Discrimination
Political Ideology
Partisan Identification
Voting Behavior
The 1996 Elections
The 1998 Congressional Elections
The 2000 Elections
The 2004 Elections
The 2008 Elections
Interest Group Activities
Conclusion
America's Racial Minorities and the Policymaking Process
Agenda Setting
Minority Representation
Federalism
State Elective Office
Equal Educational Opportunity
Affirmative Action in Employment
Extension of the Voting Rights Act (VRA)
Conclusion
Coalition or Competition? Patterns of Interminority Group Relations
Interminority Group Relations
Coalition or Competition Politics?
Los Angeles
Conclusion
Will We "All Get Along"?
The Dilemmas Revisited
Targeting Racial and Ethnic Minorities
VRA: Looking to the Future
Conclusion
Discussion Questions
Glossary
Timelines
Notes
References
Index

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