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

ISBN-10: 0813347157
ISBN-13: 9780813347158
Edition: 6th
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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 sixth edition of this widely acclaimed text, Paula D. McClain  More...

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Book details

List price: $52.50
Edition: 6th
Publisher: Westview Press
Publication date: 8/6/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.924

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 sixth edition of this widely acclaimed text, Paula D. McClain and Joseph Stewart Jr. 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: African Americans, Latinos, Asian Americans, and American Indians. The authors show similarities and differences in these groups’ 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? The sixth edition is thoroughly updated following the 2012 presidential election and provides new coverage of President Obama’s first term including discussions of judicial appointments, the Affordable Care Act, and other policy changes. With increased coverage of native Hawaiians and all new chapter openers, “Can We All Get Along?” continues to provide the most extensive comparative coverage of minority politics in the United States.

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 2000 Elections
The 2004 Elections
The 2008 Elections
The 2012 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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