Racial Diversity and Social Capital: Equality and Community in America

Paperback (Print)
Rent
Rent from BN.com
$12.03
(Save 59%)
Est. Return Date: 12/20/2014
Buy Used
Buy Used from BN.com
$19.56
(Save 32%)
Item is in good condition but packaging may have signs of shelf wear/aging or torn packaging.
Condition: Used – Good details
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $1.99
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 93%)
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (18) from $1.99   
  • New (4) from $7.03   
  • Used (14) from $1.99   

Overview

Race and racial diversity are important aspects of America and have been shown to substantially affect social relations and the political system, often in ways inconsistent with the values of equality. However, greater civic association and a general sense of community, embodied in the concept of social capital, are said to have tremendous beneficial effects and profoundly influence American society. This study juxtaposes and critically assesses two bodies of research, including the work made famous in Robert Putnam''s Bowling Alone, that have reached different conclusions on these issues. Is America's legacy of racial inequality an 'evil twin' of the benefits of social capital? By analyzing the social outcomes for racial minorities, in addition to other dimensions of American politics, the author shows that the impact of racial diversity consistently outweighs that of social capital.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Focusing on fundamental questions that concern participation, public policy, and vectors of inequality, this thoughtful book enlarges our understanding of how race deeply constitutes many features of American politics and society. In so doing, it powerfully demonstrates the costs to empirical and normative theory when such matters are downplayed or underestimated, and the gains to understanding and possibility when they are brought from the periphery to the center of political analysis."
Ira Katznelson, Ruggles Professor of Political Science and History, Columbia University, author of When Affirmative Action Was White: An Untold History of Racial Inequality in Twentieth-Century America (2005).

"Rodney Hero has done it again! With characteristic polish and aplomb, Hero moves the debate over racial diversity and social capital from Sturm und Drang to carefully considered, empirically testable propositions. Social capital, it turns out, is neither a Trojan horse nor a panacea for the deep divisions that characterize pluralistic societies. In many contexts, it works more toward the maintenance of white privilege than it does as a collective good, aiming toward the betterment of a community dans l'ensemble. This is a splendid, signal contribution."
Taeku Lee, Department of Political Science, University of California, Berkeley

"This is a long-awaited and important book...Coming from a distinguished scholar, Rodney E. Hero, it provides an invaluable contribution to the current culture versus structure debate, and its contents are relevant beyond the American context."
Paul M. Kellstedt, Journal of Politics

Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521698610
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/2007
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 220
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.51 (d)

Meet the Author

Rodney E. Hero is the Packey J. Dee III Professor of American Democracy in the Department of Political Science at the University of Notre Dame. He is the author of Latinos and the U.S. Political System (1992), which received the Ralph J. Bunche award of the American Political Science Association, and Faces of Inequality (1998), winner of the APSA's Woodrow Wilson Foundation Award. Professor Hero is also co-author of Multi-Ethnic Moments: The Politics of Urban Education Reform (2006).

Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

1. Introduction; 2. The social capital thesis; 3. The racial diversity thesis; 4. Examining social outcomes, and civic and economic equality; 5. Voter turnout and other forms of participation in context; 6. Public policy outputs; 7. Conclusions.

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)