The Black Elite: Still Facing the Color Line in the Twenty-First Century / Edition 2

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Overview

Using in-depth interviews of high achieving African Americans who came of age prior to or before the Civil Rights movement and those who grew up in the post-Civil Rights era, this book documents that race still matters in the twenty-first century. The work details the lived experiences of African Americans and how they grapple daily with what W. E. Du Bois called the double consciousness, living within and between two worlds. A new chapter details how the post-Civil Rights generation interprets and navigates the racial terrain differently than the Civil Rights generation, which has implication for group identity and group mobility.

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Editorial Reviews

The New York Review Of Books
Lois Benjamin's The Black Elite offers many insights—especially for white readers—into the obstacles black Americans face if they seek careers in what are essentially white organizations. . . . In her cool and quiet account, Benjamin illuminates realities of race that most whites never have to think about.
— Andrew Hacker
The New England Reviews Of Books
Praise for the first edition:

The Black Elite by Lois Benjamin is a first class hands-on account of the color true world where discimination and success meet in black and white America.

CHOICE
Praise for the first edition:

[Benjamin's] assertions are so unequivocal that all readers must agree that the vicissitudes associated with racism transcent the status achievements of all African Americans.

The Chronicle Of Higher Education
[T]he best, most current, book-length documentation and interpretation of modern anti-black bias.
— Feagin, Joe R.
The New England Review Of Books
The Black Elite by Lois Benjamin is a first class hands-on account of the color true world where discimination and success meet in black and white America.
Choice
[Benjamin's] assertions are so unequivocal that all readers must agree that the vicissitudes associated with racism transcent the status achievements of all African Americans.
Chronicle of Higher Education
[T]he best, most current, book-length documentation and interpretation of modern anti-black bias.
— Joe R. Feagin
The New York Review Of Books - Andrew Hacker
Praise for the first edition:

Lois Benjamin's The Black Elite offers many insights—especially for white readers—into the obstacles black Americans face if they seek careers in what are essentially white organizations. . . . In her cool and quiet account, Benjamin illuminates realities of race that most whites never have to think about.

Chronicle of Higher Education - Joe R. Feagin
[T]he best, most current, book-length documentation and interpretation of modern anti-black bias.
Delores P. Aldridge
This work is captivating...a passionate work that captures the experiences of a particular social strata. It has appeal for both the scholarly community and broader society for it is written in a fashion devoid of much of the typical sociological jargon. The second edition of The Black Elite is a significant contribution.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742541849
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/28/2006
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 5.52 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.97 (d)

Meet the Author

Lois Benjamin is Endowed University Professor of Sociology at Hampton University. She is the author of The Black Elite, Three Black Generations at the Crossroads, and Dreaming No Small Dreams: William R. Harvey's Visionary Leadership, among other works.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 The Color Line as Reality: Race Lessons, Patterns, and Propositions Chapter 2 Manifestations of the Color Line: The Impact of Violence Chapter 3 The Color Line Across the World of Work Chapter 4 The Color Line Across the World of Academe Chapter 5 The Color Line in Social, Religious, and Family Life Chapter 6 Gender Politics through the Eyes of Black Women Chapter 7 Styles of Coping Chapter 8 Beyond the Color Line: An Alternative Vision Chapter 9 Exemplary Visionaries: A Candle of Collective Consciousness Chapter 10 The Color Line in the Twenty-First Century: Generational Differences

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