Institutional Racism: The Case of Hawaii

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Overview

This book describes how institutional racism arose in Hawaii, why it arose, what kept it going, and how it can be dismantled. The book is unique in describing the history, statistical patterns, ideological disputation, and political underpinnings of institutional racism in a particular state, indeed one often thought to be relatively free from virulent forms of racism. The book specifically focuses on racial problems in regard to education, employment, health care delivery, and public accomodations.

The book concludes that White-constructed institutional racist policies, practices, and procedures persisted even when political power shifted after statehood in 1959 to affluent Japanese-Americans, who used the same forms of institutional racism to hold back Whites and poorer non-White ethnic groups. Although affirmative action is often improperly thought to involve quotas and reverse discrimination, the case of Hawaii shows that institutional racism can be dismantled through affirmative action without lowering standards of education, employment qualifications, and health care, instead, standards actually improved the benefit to all.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275935597
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/30/1992
  • Pages: 390
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

MICHAEL HAAS, Codirector of the Center for Research on Ethnic Relations at the Social Science Research Institute, University of Hawai'i at Manoa, has held visiting appointments throughout the world, most recently at the University of London.

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Table of Contents

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Preface
Abbreviations
Pt. I Ethnicity and Race in Hawaii 1
1 A Brief History of Hawaii's Ethnic Diversity 3
2 Hawaii's Minorities: A Statistical Analysis 29
3 The Changing Discourse of Ethnicity and Race in Hawaii 49
4 Ethnic Voting in Hawaii: Its Meaning 75
Pt. II Institutional Racism 99
5 Employment: Plantationism 101
6 Education: Monoculturalism 161
7 Public Health Services: Bureaucratism 215
8 Public Accommodations: Exclusionism 245
Pt. III An Agenda for the 1990s 265
9 Conclusion 267
Notes 277
Appendix 289
Glossary of Hawaiian Terms 313
References 317
Index 351
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