Charting the Range of Black Politics

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The election of 2008 brought onto the national stage complexitiesarising when the member of a minority group assumes power over national political institutions. It also underlined the limits placed on that power by the double accountability such a figure faces. The question posed in this volume of the NPSR is: Might the ascendancy of President Obama lead to a deracialization of American politics or its opposite?

The contributions to this volume examine this question in a variety...

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Overview

The election of 2008 brought onto the national stage complexitiesarising when the member of a minority group assumes power over national political institutions. It also underlined the limits placed on that power by the double accountability such a figure faces. The question posed in this volume of the NPSR is: Might the ascendancy of President Obama lead to a deracialization of American politics or its opposite?

The contributions to this volume examine this question in a variety of ways. David Wilson and Khalilah Brown-Dean analyze black attitudes towards the candidates for the Democratic Party nomination in the presidential race of 2008. Lorenzo Morris asks how perceptions of race have defined expectations of the African American ambassadors to the United Nations. Horace Bartilow and Kihong Eom use a game theoretic approach to examine US drug strategies in the Caribbean.

A works-in-progress section follows with personal reflections by Michael C. Dawson and Andra Gillespe. They relate how personal concerns and curiosities guide their research. A book review section provides a discussion about works of interest to scholars studying black politics.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412849395
  • Publisher: Transaction Publishers
  • Publication date: 8/21/2012
  • Pages: 140
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Mitchell is associate professor at the School of Politics and Global Studies, Arizona State University. His research focuses on democratization in Latin America and the politics of ethnic minorities.

David Covin is professor emeritus of government and ethnic studies at California State University, Sacramento. His research interests include black politics in the United States and Brazil, and social movements.

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Table of Contents

Editors' Note vii

Articles 1

Great[er] Expectations: The Double-Edged Sword of Deracialization David C. Wilson Khalilah L. Brown-Dean 3

The Foreign Policy Public Opinion Racial Gap in the Obama Era: Exploring the Impact of Political Context Michael L. Clemons 25

The United Nations and the African American Presence: From Ralph Bunche to Susan Rice Lorenzo Morris 41

Shirkers and Drug Runners: The Limits of US-Bilateral Counter-Narcotics Cooperation in the Caribbean Basin Horace A. Bartilow Kihong Eom 57

Works in Progress 79

The Fragmented Rainbow Project Michael C. Dawson 81

My Research Approach Andra Gillespie 85

Book Reviews 89

Examining the Context for the Obama Presidency: Book Reviews Tiffany Willoughby-Herard 91

Jason Brennan, The Ethics of Voting, reviewed Adam M. Harris 95

Jane Junn and Kerry L. Haynie, eds., New Race Politics in America: Understanding Minority and Immigrant Politics, reviewed Athena M. King 98

Reitumetse Mabokela and Zine Magubane, eds., Hear Our Voices: Race, Gender, and the Status of Black South African Women in the Academy and Oyèrónké Oyêwùmí, ed., African Gender Studies: A Reader, reviewed Audrey Kim 102

Tobin Miller Shearer, Daily Demonstrations: The Civil Rights Movement in Mennonite Homes and Sanctuaries, reviewed Charles W Eagles 105

Katherine Tate, What's Going On? Political Incorporation and the Transformation of Black Public Opinion, reviewed by D. Osei Robertson 108

Bernd Reiter, and Gladys L. Mitchell, eds., Brazil's New Racial Politics, reviewed Kia Lilly Caldwell 111

Cedric J. Robinson, Forgeries of Memory and Meaning: Blacks & the Regimes of Race in American Theater & Film before World War II, reviewed by Michael Tran 114

Darnell Hunt and Ana-Christina Ramon, eds., Black Los Angeles: American Dreams and Racial Realities, reviewed Rick Moss 118

Thomas McCarthy, Race, Empire, and the Idea of Human Development, reviewed Sherri Taylor 120

Rachelle Winkle-Wagner, The Unchosen Me: Race, Gender, and Identity Among Black Women in College, reviewed Taisha Caldwell 122

Paula D. McClain and Steven C. Tauber, American Government in Black and White, reviewed Zahra Ahmed 125

Invitation to the Scholarly Community 129

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