Race And Wealth Disparities

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Race and Wealth Disparities is a multidisciplinary reader on the subject of race and wealth primarily, yet not exclusively, within the United States. The authors represent a number of social science and humanities perspectives from anthropology, economics, education policy, history, literature, and law, to management, political science, social psychology, and sociology. The authors also represent an attempt to create a dialogue across institutions with four of the authors representing Fisk University, a historically Black University. Because of this unique approach of having authors from ten different disciplines address questions of race and wealth, this study is able to provide substantive information about race and wealth disparities as well as giving the reader a greater and more textured understanding of multidisciplinary work. In this regard, the text models a multidisciplinary conversation in a way that is meant to help others enter into interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary work. The essays came out of a series of workshops between professors from fourteen different disciplines and four different universities. Therefore, the essays are meant to explain the disciplines these professors represent as well as to convey and analyze the subject at hand.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761839255
  • Publisher: University Press of America
  • Publication date: 3/1/2008
  • Pages: 206
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Beverly Moran has won a number of teaching awards, a Fulbright award and a grant from the Ford Foundation, Anne E. Casey Foundation, Rotary, etc. She was a visiting professor at the University of Colorado, the University of Asmara in Eritrea, and the University of Giessen in Germany. Since coming to Vanderbilt she has served on the executive committee of the Association of American Law Schools, the Board of Governors of the Society of American Law Teachers and as the first director of the Vanderbilt University Center for the Americas. Professor Moran's interests also include law and development, interdisciplinary scholarship and comparative law.

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Table of Contents

Preface     v
Introduction     xv
Origins of Global Wealth Disparities: A World History Case Study   James A. Quirin     1
Racial Differences in Wealth: A Brief Historical Overview   William J. Collins   Robert A. Margo     11
"Location, Location, Location": Residential Segregation and Wealth Disparity   M. Elizabeth Kirkland   Sheila Peters     23
Corporatism and Inequality: The Race to the Bottom (Line)   Bruce Barry   Jason Stansbury     41
A Selective Review of Sociological Perspectives on the Relationship Between Race and Wealth   Tony N. Brown   Daniel B. Cornfield     57
Federalism and Equity: Evolution of Federal Educational Policy   Kenneth K. Wong     71
History and Education: Mining the Gap: Historically Black Colleges as Centers of Excellence for Engaging Disparities in Race and Wealth   Roland Mitchell   Reavis Mitchell, Jr.     82
Wealth Whiteout: Creative Writers Confront Whites' Downward Mobility in America's Newest Gilded Age   Cecelia Tichi     110
Selling Identities: A Cultural Approach to Race and Identity Politics in the Postmodern Age   Edward Fischer     127
The "Currency" and "Purchase" of Literary Criticism   Dennis D. Kezar     138
Race and Wealth Disparity: The Role of Law and the Legal System   Beverly Moran   Stephanie M. Wildman     148
Index     167
Author Biographies     177
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