The Debate About Racism in America
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Racialized Politics by David O. Sears
Book DescriptionAre Americans less prejudiced now than they were in the 1970s, or has racism simply gone "underground"? Is racism something that is learned as children, or is it a result of certain social groups striving to maintain their privileged positions in society? In this text, political scientists, sociologists and psychologists explore the late-1990s debate surrounding the sources of racism in America. The essays represent three major approaches to the topic. The social psychological approach maintains that prejudice socialized early in life feeds racial stereotypes, while the social structural viewpoint argues that behaviour is shaped by whites' fear of losing their privileged status. The third perspective looks to non-racially inspired ideology, including attitudes about the size and role of government, as the reason for opposition to policies such as affirmative action. This collection provides a state-of-the-field assessment of the issues and findings on the role of racism in mass politics and public opinion.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780226744070
(230mm x 155mm x 25mm)
Imprint: University of Chicago Press
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Publish Date: 1-Feb-1999
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author David O. Sears
American Identity and the Politics of Multiculturalism, Paperback (August 2014)
This book uses national public opinion data and public opinion data from Los Angeles to compare ethnic differences in patriotism and ethnic identity.
Oxford Handbook of Political Psychology, Paperback (November 2013)
A revised version of this essential interdisciplinary handbook.
Obama's Race, Paperback (November 2010)View all books by David O. Sears
Barack Obama's presidential victory naturally led people to believe that the United States might finally be moving into a post-racial era. This title argues that the 2008 election was more polarized by racial attitudes than any other presidential election on record.
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