Boom for Whom?: Education, Desegregation, and Development in Charlotte / Edition 1

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Overview

Explores political and educational aspects of Charlotte's nationally praised school desegregation efforts.
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Editorial Reviews

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“…Smith … shows that paying close attention to the local context produces a more nuanced picture of desegregation issues than approaches that focus on the national level.” — H-Net Reviews (H-Urban)

“An important and theoretically informed analysis of civic capacity which raises important policy questions about the relationship between public education and economic development.” — Clarence Stone, coauthor of Building Civic Capacity: The Politics of Reforming Urban Schools

“There are real people doing real things throughout these pages. Various viewpoints within both races are clearly articulated, and Smith avoids patronizing or castigating anyone even while criticizing them and their actions.” — Jennifer L. Hochschild, author of Facing Up to the American Dream: Race, Class, and the Soul of the Nation

“Smith demonstrates the ways in which the business elite of Charlotte helped promote school desegregation in that city. Particularly striking is his observation that this commitment to school desegregation was in some instances more superficial than many observers have assumed.” — Davison M. Douglas, author of Reading, Writing, and Race: The Desegregation of the Charlotte Schools

“Smith takes us on a remarkable and tragic journey. The main lesson to be drawn from his study is that in order to improve the education of African American students in urban schools, political mobilization of residents that ultimately results in overturning the city’s power structure of business elites is necessary. This lesson is stunning, and vitally important for the educational community to learn.” — Jean Anyon, author of Ghetto Schooling: A Political Economy of Urban Educational Reform

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780791459867
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publication date: 4/21/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephen Samuel Smith is Professor of Political Science at Winthrop University.

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Table of Contents

List of Maps, Tables, and Figures

Preface and Acknowledgments

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1. Introduction

2. Background: Regime Politics and the Purest Strain of the Southern Booster Gene

3. Swann's Way and the Heyday of Charlotte's Busing Plan

4. Swan Song for the Busing Plan?

5. Political Fluidity and the Alchemy of School Reform

6. Desegregation Buried in Potter's Field? The Reactivation of the Swann Case

7. The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Compromise?

8. School Desegregation and the Uphill Flow of Civic Capacity

Appendix

Notes

Index

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