Black Politics And Black Political Behavior

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This pioneering volume advances the thesis that there exists a significant linkage between Black politics and Black political behavior, heretofore treated as separate and distinct areas of study. This is the first work to bring the two together and to support such an approach with empirical studies. Chapter authors explore and analyze basic and fundamental areas of linkage providing a provocative and insightful contribution to the literature of Black politics and political behavior in America. Organized into five main linkage blocks, the work examines: Theoretical linkages between Black politics and Black political behavior; national linkages; state-contextual linkages; procedural linkages; and gender linkages. This volume will be of interest to scholars and students in American politics and political behavior and African-American politics and political behavior.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275948320
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/30/1994
  • Pages: 412
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Meet the Author

HANES WALTON, JR., is Professor of Political Science at the University of Michigan.

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Table of Contents

Foreword: The African-American Church and Political Behavior
Let Freedom Ring
Introduction: Black Politics During the Era of Presidents Reagan and Bush
1 The Nature of Black Politics and Black Political Behavior 3
2 The Study of Black Politics: Notes on Rethinking the Paradigm 11
3 Black Southern Politics: The Influences of Bunche, Martin, and Key 19
4 Black Political Parties and Congress: The Role of the Congressional Record 41
5 The Jesse Jackson Campaign and the Institutionalization of Grass-Roots Politics: A Comparative Perspective 49
6 Black Rural Medicine: Dr. Elijah Washington - And A Black Health Policy 61
7 The Black Elected Elites in Mississippi: The Post-Civil Rights Apportionment Era 69
8 Black Politics in Tidewater, Virginia 83
9 Symbolic Politics: Mel King - The Mayoral Candidate in Boston 97
10 Black Voting Behavior in the Segregation Era: 1944-1964 115
11 The Georgia Legislative Black Caucus and the Office of the Governor: 1975-1994 137
12 State Legislative Black Caucus Influence on Legislative Policy Agendas: Continuities and Variations in North Carolina 155
13 The Political Use of Absentee Ballots in a Rural Black-Belt County: Dr. Merolyn Stewart-Gaulden's Election Campaign for Taliaferro County School Superintendent 169
14 Black Political Recall and Black Politics: A Case Study 189
15 Black Women in Politics: A Research Note 209
16 The Political Behavior of Black Women: Contextual, Structural, and Psychological Factors 219
17 The First Black Female Gubernatorial Candidate in Georgia: State Representative Mildred Glover 235
18 Black Female Presidential Candidates: Bass, Mitchell, Chisholm, Wright, Reid, Davis, and Fulani 251
19 Black Southern Politics: A Look at the Tradition and the Future 277
Endnotes 301
Bibliography 341
Index 361
About the Editor and Contributors 369
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