The New White Nationalism in America: Its Challenge to Integration / Edition 1

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Overview

Over the past ten years, a new white nationalist movement has gained strength in America, bringing with it the potential to disrupt already fragile race relations. Eschewing violence, this movement seeks to expand its influence mainly through argument and persuasion directed at its target audience of white Americans aggrieved over racial double standards, race-based affirmative action policies, high black-on-white crime rates, and liberal immigration policies. The movement has also been energized, Swain contends, by minority advocacy of multiculturalism. Due to its emphasis on group self-determination, multiculturalism has provided white nationalists with justification for advocating a parallel form of white solidarity. In addition, as Swain illustrates, technological advances such as the Internet have made it easier than ever before for white nationalists to reach a more mainstream audience. Swain's study is intended as a wake-up call to all Americans who cherish the Civil Rights Era vision of an integrated America, a common humanity, and equality before God and the law.

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Editorial Reviews

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[T]he text is well written and the discussion provoking; highly recommended for collections at all levels in race relations, social stratification, and social policy.
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"Swain's arguments are complex and many-sided...balanced and even moving." Books & Culture

"This is a disturbing book. Carol Swain bravely describes a world of white nationalists who reject racial integration. But where the establishment ignores these groups, Swain argues that the best response is debate rather than denial. The nationalists draw support because they express widespread white grievances that our leaders refuse to face, especially runaway immigration and affirmative action. Like Jefferson, Swain hears a firebell in the night." Lawrence M. Mead, New York University

"It is the great virtue of Carol Swain's work that she is willing to conduct honest inquiry into racial questions and bluntly tell the truth as she finds it. Drawing on the tools of social science as well as her own extraordinary personal experience, she shines a powerful light on issues ranging from crime and illegitimacy to affirmative action and the role of religion in promoting racial harmony. People across the ideological spectrum have a great deal to learn from this thoughtful and courageous scholar." Robert P. George; Princeton University

"This is a disturbing book. Carol Swain bravely describes a world of white nationalists who reject racial integration. But where the establishment ignores these groups, Swain argues that the best response is debate rather than denial. The nationalists draw support because they express widespread white grievances that our leaders refuse to face -especially runaway immigration and affirmative action. Like Jefferson, Swain hears a firebell in the night." Lawrence M. Mead; New York University

[T]he text is well written and the discussion provoking: highly recommended for collections at all levels in race relations, social stratification, and social policy." Choice

"...very strongly recommended for Political Science and Social Issues reference collections and supplemental reading lists." Wisconsin Bookwatch

"...extremely provocative book—marks the arrival of a bold new voice in the American race relations debate." First Things

"Swain has sent all a message that she is no cowering victim of either slavery or its ill effects." Baltimore Sun

"The New White Nationalism in America is a courageous book. It is certain to generate controversy. Scholars and concerned citizens may not fully agree with Carol Swain's thought provoking thesis on the rise of white nationalism and it implications for the future of American race relations. However, the force and intensity of her arguments will compel them to take the book seriously." William Julius Wilson, Harvard University

"[Swain's] willingness to challenge received opinion and defy the expected categories of our stale identity politics is sorely needed if America is ever to have an open and honest debate about race. Swain's book is an important contribution to such a debate and will be of interest to all those, whatever their policy preferences and whatever their race, who wish to see it take place." The Review of Politics

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521545587
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 8/1/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 556
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 1.38 (d)

Meet the Author

Carol M. Swain is Professor of Political Science and Professor of Law at Vanderbilt University. She is the author of Black Faces, Black Interests: The Representation of African Americans in Congress (Harvard University Press, 1993, 1995), which was selected by Library Choice Journal as one of the seven outstanding academic books of 1994. Black Faces was also the winner of the 1994 Woodrow Wilson prize.

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction 1
2 The new White nationalism 15
3 Racial holy war! : the beliefs and goals of the radical racist right 36
4 Demographic change and immigration issues 84
5 Crime and fear of violence 109
6 Affirmative action : past and present 133
7 Framing effects, opinion surveys, and the evidence from focus groups 184
8 A grievance made to order? : White nationalist groups on affirmative action and other race-related issues 221
9 The path from discrimination to reverse discrimination in higher education 253
10 The growing competitiveness of college admissions 285
11 Multiculturalism and racial double standards on campus 311
12 White nationalist recruitment in America 326
13 A search for consensus in college and university admissions 349
14 Can religion promote greater racial and social harmony among America's diverse peoples? 378
15 Concluding observations and policy recommendations 423
App. A The need for hate crimes legislation 461
App. B Jessica's letter 464
App. C Statistical analysis for the college admissions vignette 467
App. D Ten reasons why reparations for Blacks is a bad idea, and racist, too 470
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