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African Americans : essential perspectives /
edited by Wornie L. Reed.
imprint
Westport, Conn. : Auburn House, c1993.
description
xx, 160 p.
ISBN
0865692211 (alk. paper) 086569222X (pbk. : alk. paper)
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imprint
Westport, Conn. : Auburn House, c1993.
isbn
0865692211 (alk. paper) 086569222X (pbk. : alk. paper)
general note
"Prepared under the auspices of the William Monroe Trotter Institute, University of Massachusetts at Boston."
catalogue key
241788
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 1994-02:
The status of African Americans in socioeconomic conditions, employment, political participation, and the justice system is reviewed in this important book, which is a response to the National Research Council (NRC) project (1984-89) on African Americans, supposedly an update of Gunnar Myrdal's An American Dilemma (1940). Because few black scholars were sought by the NRC, an alternative project involving many African American scholars was undertaken at the William Monroe Trotter Institute. Their findings are summarized in this work. The chapter on socioeconomic status shows improvements in conditions since the 1940s but concludes that the structure of racial inequality is much the same. A chapter on employment concludes that societal change away from less-skilled jobs has badly hurt blacks, while access to higher education, and thus to skilled jobs, is lessening. A chapter on politics reveals that improvements in voter registration and the number of black elected officials are significant, but that there is a need for unconventional protest because mainstream politics is limited in its ability to remedy inequality. A chapter on the criminal justice system demonstrates that although there have been significant positive changes since the 1940s, there is still discrimination in criminal sentencing, especially in the case of the death penalty. The alternative report as summarized here is too brief but nevertheless quite provocative. Chapter references. Advanced undergraduates and above. J. R. Feagin; University of Florida
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'œThe status of African Americans in socioeconomic conditions, employment, political participation, and the justice system is reviewed in this important book, which is a response to the National Research Council (NRC) project (1984-89) on African Americans. Because few blacks scholars were sought by the NRC, an alternative project involving many African Americans scholars was undertaken at the William Trotter Institute. Their findings are summarized in this work.'' Choice
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The status and prospects of African-Americans in contemporary society are of immense significance. They speak both to the conscience of the society and to ominous social and political portends. Involving issues of essential fairness and social justice are the practical problems of widespread poverty, unemployment, and the pervasive lack of opportunity stemming from stinted education. The stage is set for a national program of basic institutional reforms addressing the root causes of the African-American community's often analyzed but uncorrected economic, political, and social problems. The authors make a convincing argument that the emphases for solutions to the widespread social conditions gripping the African-American population need to be on the social processes that so victimize this segment of the nation's citizenry. They see societal institutions as capable of furthering or retarding progress not only in the economic order but also in its interactions with the political and criminal justice systems. Income disparities, lack of access to higher education, political exclusion, and unequal treatment in criminal justice administration are all seen as contributing to the characteristic institutional neglect or flawed program application. The authors make a compelling case for reform not only in the interest of social justice but for the assurance of a more productive and cohesive society.
Unpaid Annotation
The authors describe and evaluate the contemporary status of African-Americans through the prism of fundamental perspectives such as economics, politics, criminal justice administration, and social policy. They analyze data drawn from a range of two to five decades to assess just how African-Americans have fared over time. They find mixed results, describing how the advances of the 1960s have been eroded in the 1970s and 1980s. The hard realities of poverty, unemployment, and the consequential problems related thereto clearly afflict African-Americans to a degree highly disproportionate to their population segment. The need to essentially reform American institutions to effect the dramatically needed changes in how they interact with and impact on African-Americans is stressed.
Table of Contents
Stratification and Subordination
Change and Continuity Race and Inequality in the Managerial Age
Black Political Participation
The Search for Power
The Administration of Justice
Appendix: Assessment of the Status of African-Americans, Project Study
Group Members and Contributors
Bibliography
Index
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