Scar Of Race / Edition 1

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Overview


What, precisely, is the clash over race in the 1990s, and does it support the charge of a "new racism"? Here is a brilliant articulation of what has happened, of how racial issues have become entangled with politics--the process of negotiating who gets what through government action. We now have to understand and cope with a "politics of race."

A brilliant articulation of how racial issues have become entangled with politics--the process of negotiating who gets what through government action. Though negative stereotyping and double standards persist, this book clearly documents the difference education has made in combatting racism. 41 line illus.

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Editorial Reviews

Wall Street Journal

Lots of ordinary folks know it, but it's not the sort of thing social scientists tend to say: When it comes to questions of public policy, few whites are racists. Whites may oppose particular items on the standard civil rights agenda, but they're not bigots. That's the main point...in The Scar of Race and it's a stinging rebuke to the cultural elite that generally thinks otherwise. 'It is time to look again at how Americans think about the issue of race,' Sniderman and Piazza write. They've looked again and found not only change but an ongoing openness to change. It's a heartening message in a beautifully crafted book.
— Abigail Thernstrom

New Republic

This slim book should go a long way to demystify the way Americans think about race.
— Tamar Jacoby

American Political Science Review

The Scar of Race adds a needed perspective. It will advance discussion among specialists in the area and contribute to current efforts to understand the tenacious forces of race and racism in national politics.
— Lawrence Bobo

American Politics Review [UK]

This book is an important addition to recent literature...[which] provides a new and distinctive perspective on the contemporary politics of race.
— Robert Singh

Wall Street Journal - Abigail Thernstrom
Lots of ordinary folks know it, but it's not the sort of thing social scientists tend to say: When it comes to questions of public policy, few whites are racists. Whites may oppose particular items on the standard civil rights agenda, but they're not bigots. That's the main point...in The Scar of Race and it's a stinging rebuke to the cultural elite that generally thinks otherwise. 'It is time to look again at how Americans think about the issue of race,' Sniderman and Piazza write. They've looked again and found not only change but an ongoing openness to change. It's a heartening message in a beautifully crafted book.
New Republic - Tamar Jacoby
This slim book should go a long way to demystify the way Americans think about race.
Carol M. Swain
In these troubling times when conflict between blacks and whites and blacks and Jews is so much a part of our everyday lives, The Scar of Race offers a measure of hope for those of us brave enough to admit that there is still much to be learned about the nature of race and prejudice in American society. Beautifully written and cogently argued, this important book should be read and reread by all who seek a better understanding of the world around us.
American Political Science Review - Lawrence Bobo
The Scar of Race adds a needed perspective. It will advance discussion among specialists in the area and contribute to current efforts to understand the tenacious forces of race and racism in national politics.
American Politics Review [UK] - Robert Singh
This book is an important addition to recent literature...[which] provides a new and distinctive perspective on the contemporary politics of race.
Booknews
Sniderman (political science, Stanford U.) and Piazza (Survey Research Center, UC Berkeley) discuss the results of five surveys they conducted and draw conclusions on American racial and racist attitudes and politics. The questions and answers of today are not the same, nor so clear, as they were in the 1960s. A note of hope: attitudes might not be as fixed as has been presumed in the past. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780674790117
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • Publication date: 3/15/1995
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 228
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.52 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul M. Sniderman is Professor of Political Science at Stanford University.

Thomas Piazza is Research Specialist and Manager of Technical Services, Survey Research Center, University of California, Berkeley.

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Table of Contents

Introduction

1. The Variety Of Racial Politics

2. Pictures In The Mind

3. Covert Racism And Double Standards

4. Prejudice And Politics

5. Three Agendas

6. Changing Minds About Race

Conclusion: Ironies

About The Surveys

Questions From The Surveys

Questionnaire For The Race And Politics Survey

Notes

Bibliography

Index

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