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Race and Morality How Good Intentions Undermine Social Justice and Perpetuate Inequality

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ISBN-10: 0306465132

ISBN-13: 9780306465130

Edition: 2001

Authors: Melvyn L. Fein

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This book attempts to explain why it has been so difficult to solve America's racial problems as the country has moved from what the author describes as a closed caste to an open class society. The author contends that Americans fail to perceive how the legacy of slavery interferes with social mobility and highlights the values that middle-class blacks and whites need to uphold, most prominently the emphasis on freedom as opposed to total equality.
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Book details

Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Springer
Publication date: 6/30/2001
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 356
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.694
Language: English

Moral Invisibility
Moral versus Status Invisibility
A White Problem
The Problem Misunderstood
The Long View
Moral Enemies
White Depravity
Black Innocence
The Nature of the Morality Game
Playing the Game
"Died of a Theory"
Taxi Driver
Stereotypes Exposed
Whose Ox?
The American Creed
Values Under Assault
Equality for All
Liberty for All
An Overdose of Radical Egalitarianism
The Culture of Slavery: Origins
Morality and Culture
A Conceptual Interlude
Cultural Conservatism in Action
The Origins of Slave Culture
The Culture of Slavery: Outcomes
A Painful Story
White Culture
Black Culture
Racial "Empowerment"
The Myth of Empowerment
Tests of Strength
A Floating Ceiling
Situational Immaturity
Change Strategies
Four Approaches to Change
The Moral Model
The Social Engineering Model
The Clinical/Educational Model
The Structural/Cultural Model
Natural Resocialization
Cultural Change
Role Change
Intrapersonal Cultural Change
Interpersonal/Intergenerational Cultural Change
The Role of the Change Agent
The Black Middle Class
Black Enablers
A Middle Class Revolution
The Change Process
Mobility-Friendly Values
The White Middle Class
White Enablers
The Stewardship Role
Change Among Whites
A Shared Humanity