A CONTEMPORARY APPROACH TO RACE RELATIONS IN THE UNITED STATES
Today’s society is confronted with problems of racial division that are, in some ways, far more complex and ambiguous than those of straightforward segregation, bigotry, and the civil rights struggles of the 1950s and 60s. From exploring intersectionality by looking at the social forces turning hip hop away from—or toward—its political roots and providing thoughtful consideration of how students can participate in the fight for equality and freedom, to incorporating a critical analysis of whiteness without leaving white students feeling guilty or persecuted, Desmond and Emirbayer provide an effective language for discussing and addressing the multifaceted problems of race and racism in today’s society.
A CHAPTER ORGANIZATION THAT EXAMINES RACE AND RACISM IN SOCIAL LIFE
Chapters are structured around the many and varied social spheres in which racial dynamics operate, from education and politics to work and intimate relationships. Topics explored include racial polarization in American politics; the ways in which poor minority families are challenged by stagnant incomes, lack of housing assistance, and rising housing costs; and various explanations for why the majority of poor Americans are white even though African Americans, Hispanics, and American Indians are more likely than whites to be poor.