Black Atlantic Politics: Dilemmas of Political Empowerment in Boston and Liverpool

Black Atlantic Politics: Dilemmas of Political Empowerment in Boston and Liverpool

by William E. Nelson Jr.
     
 

Groundbreaking research on Black political participation and urban race relations on both sides of the Atlantic.

This first comprehensive comparative study of Black politics focuses on American and British settings—Boston and Liverpool. The author argues that Black communities on both sides of the Atlantic face a host of social, economic, and

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Groundbreaking research on Black political participation and urban race relations on both sides of the Atlantic.

This first comprehensive comparative study of Black politics focuses on American and British settings—Boston and Liverpool. The author argues that Black communities on both sides of the Atlantic face a host of social, economic, and political constraints produced by hierarchical racial systems that promote White dominance and Black subordination.

Built on a strong historical foundation and on interviews with over 150 political activists, academicians, politicians, and public administrators, this study examines some of the most important issues in the field of urban politics: the mobilization of bias in the political system, race and class constraints on the exercise of political influence, the impact of racial and political ideologies on the external policy environment, dilemmas associated with the mobilization of minority leadership, Black electoral strategies and political participation, the social consequences of urban regeneration, urban riots, school desegregation, the development of effective Black political resources, and conflict and cooperation in the internal politics of the Black community.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791446720
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
08/28/2000
Series:
SUNY series in African American Studies Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
364
Product dimensions:
5.96(w) x 8.97(h) x 0.79(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

Foreword by James Jennings

Acknowledgments

Introduction

Part One: Black Atlantic Politics

Chapter 1. The Black Atlantic: Race and Local Politics

Chapter 2. Boston and Liverpool: A Tale of Two Cities

Part Two: Black Politics in Boston

Chapter 3. Boston: City Governance and Black Political Empowerment

Chapter 4. Black Political Linkage: The Search for Alternative Sources of Power

Chapter 5. Boston: Strategic Dimensions of Black Politics

Chapter 6. Resource Mobilization and Black Political Linkage

Part Three: Black Politics in Liverpool

Chapter 7. Liverpool: Local Governance and Black Political Empowerment

Chapter 8. The Toxteth Riots and the Race Policy Agenda

Chapter 9. Liverpool: Political Strategies and Political Empowerment

Chapter 10. Linkage Politics and Political Resources

Part Four: Comparative Racial Politics

Chapter 11. Boston and Liverpool: The Comparative Context of Black Politics

Notes

Index

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