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.
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.
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
Author Biographies 177