"Can We All Get Along?": Racial and Ethnic Minorities in American Politics / Edition 5 by Paula D. McClain, Joseph Stewart Jr. | | 2900813344231 | Paperback | Barnes & Noble

"Can We All Get Along?": Racial and Ethnic Minorities in American Politics / Edition 5

by Paula D. McClain
     
 

ISBN-10: 0813344239

ISBN-13: 2900813344231

Pub. Date: 07/27/2009

Publisher: Westview Press

In the fifth edition of this widely acclaimed book, Paula D. McClain and Joseph Stewart Jr. combine traditional elements of political science analysis with a fully updated survey of the political status of four major groups: blacks, Latinos, Asian Americans, and American Indians. Two dilemmas shape the book: How do we as a nation reconcile a commitment to

Overview

In the fifth edition of this widely acclaimed book, Paula D. McClain and Joseph Stewart Jr. combine traditional elements of political science analysis with a fully updated survey of the political status of four major groups: blacks, Latinos, Asian Americans, and American Indians. Two dilemmas shape the book: How do we as a nation reconcile a commitment to equality with persistent inequality and discrimination? And what can we do about it-from the perspective of ethnic and racial minorities as well as within the dominant culture? Thoroughly updated following the historic 2008 presidential election, this new edition provides a concise overview of minority politics in America.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2900813344231
Publisher:
Westview Press
Publication date:
07/27/2009
Series:
Dilemmas in American Politics
Edition description:
Fifth Edition
Pages:
336

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations and Maps xiii

List of Acronyms xvii

Preface xix

1 America's Dilemmas 1

Terms Used in This Book 5

Race and Ethnicity 8

American Government Foundation and Racial Minorities 10

The Constitution and Black and Indian Citizenship 12

Citizenship and Later Minorities: Latinos and Asians 17

The Constitution and Black and Indian Suffrage 21

Structure of This Book 25

Conclusion 27

2 Resources and Status of America's Racial Minorities 29

Population Size, Socioeconomic Status, and Concentration 31

Participation in a Civil Rights Movement 45

Voting Rights Law 57

Conclusion 63

3 America's Racial Minorities in the Contemporary Political System: Actors 65

Group Identity and Perceptions of Discrimination 71

Political Ideology 75

Partisan Identification 80

Voting Behavior 91

The 1996 Elections 99

The 1998 Congressional Elections 102

The 2000 Elections 108

The 2004 Elections 113

The 2008 Elections 117

Interest Group Activities 125

Conclusion 129

4 America's Racial Minorities and the Policymaking Process 131

Agenda Setting 134

Minority Representation 135

Federalism 158

State Elective Office 160

Equal Educational Opportunity 165

Affirmative Action in Employment 180

Extension of the Voting Rights Act (VRA) 184

Conclusion 185

5 Coalition or Competition? Patterns of Interminority Group Relations 187

Interminority Group Relations 190

Coalition or Competition Politics? 190

Los Angeles 195

Conclusion 215

6 Will We "All Get Along"? 217

The Dilemmas Revisited 220

Targeting Racial and Ethnic Minorities 225

VRA: Looking to the Future 226

Conclusion 228

Discussion Questions 231

Glossary235

Timelines 243

Notes 275

References 277

Index 295

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