Black Faces in the Mirror by Katherine Tate
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Black Faces in the Mirror
By Katherine Tate

Black Faces in the Mirror

African Americans and Their Representatives in the U.S. Congress

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Black Faces in the Mirror by Katherine Tate

Book Awards

  • Winner of V.O. Key Book Award 2005.
  • Winner of American Political Science Association: Race, Ethnicity and Politics Award 2004.
  • Shortlisted for Choice Magazine Outstanding Reference/Academic Book Award 2003.
  • Joint winner for National Conference of Black Poliitical Scientists (NCOBPS):  W.E.B. DuBois Book Award 2005.

Book Description

Here, Katherine Tate examines the significance of race in the U.S. system of representative democracy for African Americans. Presenting important new findings, she offers the first empirical study to take up the question of representation from both sides of the constituent-representative relationship. The first half of the book examines whether black members of the U.S. House legislate and represent their constituents differently than white members do. Representation is broadly conceptualized to include not only legislators' roll call voting behavior and bill sponsorship, but also the symbolic acts in which they engage. The second half looks at the issue of representation from the perspective of ordinary African Americans based on a landmark national survey. Tate's findings are mixed. But, in the main, legislators' race does shape how they represent their constituents and how constituents evaluate them. African Americans view black representatives more positively than they do white representatives, even those who belong to their own political party. Black legislators, however, are just as likely as white representatives to sponsor and gain passage of bills in the House. Tate also concludes that black House members are more liberal as a group than are their black constituents, but that there is considerable divergence in the quality and type of representation they provide. The findings reported here will generate controversy in the fields of politics, law, and race, particularly as debate commences over renewing the Voting Rights Act, which is set to expire in 2007.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780691117867
ISBN-10: 0691117861
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x 14mm)
Pages: 224
Imprint: Princeton University Press
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publish Date: 5-Jan-2004
Country of Publication: United States

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America's drug laws have always exerted an unequal and unfair toll on blacks and Latinos, who are arrested more often than whites for the possession of illegal drugs and given harsher sentences. In this volume, contributors ask how would marijuana legalization affect communities of colour?

What's Going on? by Katherine Tate What's Going on?, Paperback (August 2010)

Based on analysis of public opinion data since the 1970s, this title examines how Black opinions on welfare, affirmative action, crime control, school vouchers, civil rights for other minorities, immigration, the environment, and US foreign policy have changed.

African Americans and the American Political System by Katherine Tate African Americans and the American Political System, Paperback (July 1998)

Intended for the basic survey course in American Government or Politics; Black Politics; African American Politics; Minority or Ethnic Politics; and Black Studies. This book is a systematic appraisal of how African Americans fare within the prevailing theoretical, structural, and functioning patterns of American political and governmental system.

From Protest to Politics by Katherine Tate From Protest to Politics, Paperback (November 1994)

The struggle for civil rights among black Americans has moved into the voting booth. How such a shift came about--and what it means--is revealed in this timely reflection on black presidential politics. It will benefit those who wish to understand better the subtle interplay of race and politics, at the voting booth and beyond.

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Author Biography - Katherine Tate

Katherine Tate is Professor and Chair of Political Science at the University of California, Irvine. She is the author of "From Protest to Politics" and coauthor of "African Americans and the American Political System" (Fourth Edition).

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