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Still a House Divided: Race and Politics in Obama's America
     

Still a House Divided: Race and Politics in Obama's America

by Desmond S. King
 

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Why have American policies failed to reduce the racial inequalities still pervasive throughout the nation? Has President Barack Obama defined new political approaches to race that might spur unity and progress? Still a House Divided examines the enduring divisions of American racial politics and how these conflicts have been shaped by distinct political

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Why have American policies failed to reduce the racial inequalities still pervasive throughout the nation? Has President Barack Obama defined new political approaches to race that might spur unity and progress? Still a House Divided examines the enduring divisions of American racial politics and how these conflicts have been shaped by distinct political alliances and their competing race policies. Combining deep historical knowledge with a detailed exploration of such issues as housing, employment, criminal justice, multiracial census categories, immigration, voting in majority-minority districts, and school vouchers, Desmond King and Rogers Smith assess the significance of President Obama's election to the White House and the prospects for achieving constructive racial policies for America's future.

Offering a fresh perspective on the networks of governing institutions, political groups, and political actors that influence the structure of American racial politics, King and Smith identify three distinct periods of opposing racial policy coalitions in American history. The authors investigate how today's alliances pit color-blind and race-conscious approaches against one another, contributing to political polarization and distorted policymaking. Contending that President Obama has so far inadequately confronted partisan divisions over race, the authors call for all sides to recognize the need for a balance of policy measures if America is to ever cease being a nation divided.

Presenting a powerful account of American political alliances and their contending racial agendas, Still a House Divided sheds light on a policy path vital to the country's future.

Editorial Reviews

Choice
Still a House Divided is quite an achievement. . . . This is an outstanding work.
New Republic - Richard D. Kahlenberg
[King and Smith] accurately survey the history and the evolution of American thinking on race.
Ethnic & Racial Studies - Mark Sawyer
Essential reading for scholars of race, politics and policy. It provides a rich and textured analysis that is accessible and theoretically driven. . . . The individual sections are master classes in each policy era and will help guide individual scholars with interests in those eras. With that, the book is an instant classic by two scholars who routinely produce work of this quality.
Political Science Quarterly - Katherine Tate
Hopefully, there will be an intellectually synergistic effect from the publication of Still a House Divided. As American politics scholars in these camps move forward, they might be able to see some working in the middle and refine their scholarship.
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One of Choice's Outstanding Academic Titles for 2012

"[King and Smith] accurately survey the history and the evolution of American thinking on race."—Richard D. Kahlenberg, New Republic

"Still a House Divided is quite an achievement. . . . This is an outstanding work."Choice

"Essential reading for scholars of race, politics and policy. It provides a rich and textured analysis that is accessible and theoretically driven. . . . The individual sections are master classes in each policy era and will help guide individual scholars with interests in those eras. With that, the book is an instant classic by two scholars who routinely produce work of this quality."—Mark Sawyer, Ethnic and Racial Studies

"Hopefully, there will be an intellectually synergistic effect from the publication of Still a House Divided. As American politics scholars in these camps move forward, they might be able to see some working in the middle and refine their scholarship."—Katherine Tate, Political Science Quarterly

"Presenting a powerful account of American political alliances and their contending racial agendas, Still a House Divided sheds light on a policy path vital to the country's future."World Book Industry

Library Journal
11/01/2013
Though few would argue that racial inequality no longer exists in the United States, fewer still would be able to articulate precisely how and why our failure to erase it has been so spectacular. Here King and Smith tell the story of the political alliances and racial agendas that continue to shape our deeply flawed public policy.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691159621
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
12/08/2013
Series:
Princeton Studies in American Politics: Historical, International, and Comparative Perspectives Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
392
Sales rank:
903,838
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

Desmond S. King is the Andrew W. Mellon Professor of American Government at the University of Oxford. His many books include The Liberty of Strangers: Making the American Nation. Rogers M. Smith is the Christopher H. Browne Distinguished Professor of Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania. His many books include Stories of Peoplehood.

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