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Ethnic And Racial Minorities In Advanced Industrial Democracies

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This collection of essays breaks new ground in the comparative study of ethnic and racial minorities by showing that there is a common ground shared by those in advanced industrial democracies that differentiates them from Third World and communist countries. The study offers a unique synthesis of diverse views by those who have focused on long-established or ethnoregional minorities and those who have studied recent immigrant populations. The analysis of ethnic tolerance, political factors, and conflict ...

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Overview

This collection of essays breaks new ground in the comparative study of ethnic and racial minorities by showing that there is a common ground shared by those in advanced industrial democracies that differentiates them from Third World and communist countries. The study offers a unique synthesis of diverse views by those who have focused on long-established or ethnoregional minorities and those who have studied recent immigrant populations. The analysis of ethnic tolerance, political factors, and conflict resolution considers why ethnic and racial conflict and disadvantage endure, pointing to ways that societies are organized economically and politically and linked into the international political economy. Students and experts in comparative and minority politics, ethnic and Black studies, and sociology will benefit from the observations and conclusions about the operations of economic and political markets and how they heighten ethnic and racial inequality.

The general introduction and conclusion offer theoretical overviews and point to social science paradigms concerning the role of ethnic and racial minorities in the advanced industrial democracies. Noted contributors examine immigration policy and ethnic tolerance; minorities, politics, and the state; political consciousness, organization and participation; and conflict resolution and public policy. A lengthy reference list is given. This volume will be of great interest to interdisciplinary audiences in political science, sociology/social problems, and ethnic and black studies.

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ANTHONY M. MESSINA is Associate Professor of Political Science at Tufts University.

LUIS R. FRAGA is Associate Professor in the Department of Government and International Studies at the University of Notre Dame.

LAURIE A. RHODEBECK is Assistant Professor of Political Science at the State University of New York, Buffalo.

FREDERICK D. WRIGHT is Assistant Dean in the College of Arts and Letters and Director of the Black Studies Program at the University of Notre Dame.

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Table of Contents

Figures and Tables
Series Foreword
Preface
Introduction 1
Pt. I Immigration Policy and Ethnic Tolerance
1 The Consequences of Immigration Policies for Immigrant Status: A British and French Comparison 17
2 Migration to Advanced Industrial Democracies: Socioeconomic and Political Factors in the Making of Minorities in the Federal Republic of Germany (1955-1988) 33
3 Public Acceptance of Racial and Ethnic Minorities: A Comparative Analysis 49
4 Sociopolitical Context and Ethnic Consciousness in France and the United States: Maghrebis and Latinos 67
Pt. II Minorities, Politics, and the State
5 Did Minority Gains Begin to Disappear in the 1980s? A Four Nation Study 91
6 Bad Politics and Bad Social Policy: A Half-Century of Isolation 105
7 Minority Representation and City Council Electoral Systems: A Black and Hispanic Comparison 127
8 Voting for Minority Candidates in Local British and American Elections 143
Pt. III Political Consciousness, Organization, and Participation
9 Minority Consciousness and Political Action: A Comparative Approach 161
10 The Organizational and Strategic Consequences of Reaganomics among Latinos: Actual and Possible 185
11 Ethnicity as a Political Tool in Britain and the Netherlands 201
Pt. IV Conflict Resolution and Public Policy
12 Territorial Devolution as a Strategy to Resolve Ethnic Conflict: Basque Self-Governance in Spain's Autonomous Community System 225
13 Language Policy and the Pursuit of Equality: Canada and the United States 247
14 What Kind of Bilingualism for Canada: Personal or Territorial? The Demographic Factor 265
Conclusion 279
Notes 297
References 307
Index 343
Contributors and Editors 355
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