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What's going on? : political incorporation and the transformation of Black public opinion /
Katherine Tate.
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Washington, D.C. : Georgetown University Press, c2010.
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xiii, 188 p. ; 23 cm.
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1589017021 (pbk.), 9781589017023 (pbk.)
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imprint
Washington, D.C. : Georgetown University Press, c2010.
isbn
1589017021 (pbk.)
9781589017023 (pbk.)
contents note
What's going on? the state of public opinion in Black America -- Welfare reform and shifts in Black opinion on welfare policies -- Shifts in Black support for government aid for Blacks and minorities -- Blacks on crime control policies -- Education policies, school vouchers, and busing in Black America -- Social issues and rights for women and for gays and lesbians in Black America -- Blacks on immigration and the environment -- Blacks on U.S. foreign policy -- Black political incorporation and public opinion.
catalogue key
7297914
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 173-178) and index.
A Look Inside
About the Author
Author Affiliation
Katherine Tate is a professor of political science and African American studies at the University of California, Irvine. She is the author of Black Faces in the Mirror and From Protest to Politics.
First Chapter
In political opinion surveys from the 1950s through the 1970s, African Americans were consistently among the most liberal groups in the United States and were much further to the left than White Americans on most issues. Starting in the 1980s, Black public opinion began to move to the center, and this trend has deepened since. Why is this the case? Katherine Tate contends that Black political incorporation and increased affluence since the civil rights movement have made Black politics and public opinion more moderate over time. Black leaders now have greater opportunity to participate in mainstream politics, and Blacks look to elected officials rather than activists for political leadership. Black socioeconomic concerns have moved to the center as poverty has declined and their economic opportunities have improved. Based on solid analysis of public opinion data from the 1970s to the present, Tate examines how Black opinions on welfare, affirmative action, crime control, school vouchers, civil rights for other minorities, immigration, the environment, and U.S. foreign policy have changed.
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 2011-05-01:
Tate's timely volume responds to emerging questions about the participatory consequences of the civil rights movement and is a natural next step in her ongoing efforts to explain contemporary black integration into mainstream US politics. The question posed in the title pays homage to Marvin Gaye's signature song, recorded and released in 1970 to protest conditions in America. The civil rights movement, coupled with declining poverty rates and increased political participation by blacks, compels Tate (Univ. of California, Irvine) to ask how blacks view current policy questions; whether and how public opinion on those questions is similar to, or different from, opinions expressed by whites and others; and what explains these differences. Black opinion on key policy questions such as welfare, affirmative action, crime, vouchers, US foreign policy, the environment, and immigration consequently impacts the types of candidates that blacks will support. Further, the shift toward ideological moderation from the more liberal focus of the civil rights movement also speaks to a shift toward ideological moderation among successful black candidates and emerging black leaders. Summing Up: Highly recommended. General readers, upper-division undergraduate students, graduate students, and professionals. T. S. Fine University of Central Florida
Reviews
Review Quotes
"Tate's data are extensive, interesting, and informative, and provide for a compelling story of how blacks think about politics, yesterday and today. Tate's work should become seminal reading for those interested in public opinion, and race and politics." -- David Wilson , Political Science Quarterly
"Katherine Tate's new empirical work on African American public opinion moves the field into a wholly new direction. Instead of analyzing the diverse ideologies within this public opinion, this bold and novel pioneering work assesses and evaluates the dynamism in this opinion between 1970 to 2004 with insights from 2008. Tate makes a startling argument and finding: African American public opinion has moved from its left/liberal mooring to now a moderate/centrist position but is currently poised so as to be shifted back given the outcome of the Obama Administration. Her thesis is that African American political incorporation has moderated the radical nature of African American public opinion. This book is a fascinating read. It is also a brilliant and original work." -- Hanes Walton Jr. , The University of Michigan
" What's Going On? is a provocative and informative examination of African American public opinion. Scholars of Black politics will consult and debate this important work for many years to come." -- Vincent Hutchings , Institute for Social Research, The University of Michigan
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Summaries
Main Description
In political opinion surveys from the 1950s through the 1970s, African Americans were consistently among the most liberal groups in the United States and were much further to the left than White Americans on most issues. Starting in the 1980s, Black public opinion began to move to the center, and this trend has deepened since. Why is this the case? Katherine Tate contends that Black political incorporation and increased affluence since the civil rights movement have made Black politics and public opinion more moderate over time. Black leaders now have greater opportunity to participate in mainstream politics, and Blacks look to elected officials rather than activists for political leadership. Black socioeconomic concerns have moved to the center as poverty has declined and their economic opportunities have improved. Based on solid analysis of public opinion data from the 1970s to the present, Tate examines how Black opinions on welfare, affirmative action, crime control, school vouchers, civil rights for other minorities, immigration, the environment, and U.S. foreign policy have changed.
Main Description
In political opinion surveys from the 1950s through the 1970s, African Americans were consistently among the most liberal groups in the United States and were much further to the left than White Americans on most issues. Starting in the 1980s. Black public opinion began to move to the center, and this trend has deepened since. Why is this case?
Bowker Data Service Summary
Based on analysis of public opinion data since the 1970s, Katherine Tate charts the ways in which African American voters in the U.S. have progressively moderated their opinions since the aftermath of the civil rights era.
Table of Contents
Prefacep. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
What's Going On? The State of Public Opinion in Black Americap. 1
Welfare Reform and Shifts in Black Opinion on Welfare Policiesp. 14
Shifts in Black Support for Government Aid to Blacks and Minoritiesp. 40
Black Opinion on Crime Control Policiesp. 63
Education Policies, School Vouchers, and Busing in Black Americap. 77
Social Issues and Rights for Women and for Gays and Lesbians in Black Americap. 96
Black Opinion on Immigration and the Environmentp. 113
Blacks on U.S. Foreign Policyp. 129
Black Political Incorporation and Public Opinionp. 150
Appendix: List of Public Opinion Data Setsp. 169
Referencesp. 173
Indexp. 179
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