Double Trouble: Black Mayors, Black Communities, and the Call for a Deep Democracy

Double Trouble: Black Mayors, Black Communities, and the Call for a Deep Democracy

by J. Phillip Thompson
     
 

J. Phillip Thompson III, an insider in the Dinkins administration, provides the first in-depth look at how the black mayors of America's major cities achieve social change. Black constituents naturally look to black mayors to effect great change for the poor, but the reality of the situation is complicated. Thompson argues that African-American mayors, legislators,

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J. Phillip Thompson III, an insider in the Dinkins administration, provides the first in-depth look at how the black mayors of America's major cities achieve social change. Black constituents naturally look to black mayors to effect great change for the poor, but the reality of the situation is complicated. Thompson argues that African-American mayors, legislators, and political activists need to more effectively challenge opinions and public policies supported by the white public and encourage greater political inclusion and open political discourse within black communities. Only by unveiling painful internal oppresssions and exclusions within black politics will the black community's power increase, and compel similar unveilings in the broader interracial conversation about the problems of the urban poor. Tracing the historical development and contemporary practice of black mayoral politics, this is a fascinating study of the motivations of black politicians, competing ideologies in the black community and the inner dynamics of urban social change.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195177336
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
08/01/2004
Series:
Transgressing Boundaries: Studies in Black Politics and Black Communities Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
360
Product dimensions:
9.30(w) x 6.30(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction: Black Mayors and Social Change
1. "The Dirty Little Secret" of Black Politics
2. Acquiring, Building and Sustaining Power: Black Civic Organizations in Urban Democracy
3. Race and Inter-Racial Coalitions
Part II: Introduction: The Dinkins Experience
4. "Cursed by Factions and Feuds": Black Factionalism and the Structure of New York City Government
5. "Set up a think tank: A Black Mayor's Accountability to the Black Community": The Case of David Dinkins
6. Race, Class, and Ideology in a New York Mayoral Election
Conclusion: From Conflict to Transformation
Notes
Bibliography

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