The Imperative of Integration

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"This book is beautifully and clearly argued at the highest philosophical level and, at the same time, attentive to social and historical realities. It offers a compelling vision of an ideal of integration that has largely been lost to view. Whether or not you agree with her, Elizabeth Anderson has staked out a position that all serious thinking about American race relations must now contend with."?Kwame Anthony Appiah, author of The Ethics of Identity

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Overview

"This book is beautifully and clearly argued at the highest philosophical level and, at the same time, attentive to social and historical realities. It offers a compelling vision of an ideal of integration that has largely been lost to view. Whether or not you agree with her, Elizabeth Anderson has staked out a position that all serious thinking about American race relations must now contend with."—Kwame Anthony Appiah, author of The Ethics of Identity

"The Imperative of Integration accomplishes two important things: It demonstrates—using rigorous social scientific analysis—that racial segregation is the root cause of the continuing social disadvantage of African Americans. And it argues persuasively—using subtle philosophical reasoning—that in light of American history, a concerted effort to integrate our schools, neighborhoods, and workplaces is the only path forward consistent with a commitment to social justice. Serious students of contemporary American society will want to read this book."—Glenn Loury, Brown University

"In The Imperative of Integration, Elizabeth Anderson expertly blends social science research, moral philosophy, and political theory to make a lucid, compelling, and impassioned case for the desegregation of American society. Decades after the passage of landmark civil rights legislation, American neighborhoods and schools remain highly segregated by race. This clear moral statement of the urgent need for integration is long overdue and should be read carefully by all Americans."—Douglas S. Massey, coauthor of American Apartheid: Segregation and the Making of the Underclass

"The Imperative of Integration is an unusually rich, multidimensional, and multileveled book that raises the bar dramatically for any future work on racial justice. Scholars in a wide range of fields will profit from this book's lucid narrative and argument, as well as its impressive interdisciplinary scope."—Charles W. Mills, Northwestern University

"There is no other comprehensive defense of racial integration remotely like this one in terms of scope, erudition, clarity, and moral sophistication. The discussions of discrimination, stereotyping, and stigma are the best I have seen anywhere, and the book pulls data from an amazing range of social science disciplines—political science, sociology, social psychology, and economics. This book is truly exceptional."—Lawrence Blum, University of Massachusetts, Boston

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Editorial Reviews

Leiter Reports blog
[A] real tour de force of philosophical argumentation utilizing social science data.
— Brian Leiter
Philosophy in Review
[T]his book is an impressive addition to the growing literature in so called 'non-ideal' political theory, which as Anderson herself notes, begins 'from a diagnosis of injustices in our actual world, rather than from a picture of an ideal world.'
— Andrew Peirce
Leiter Reports blog - Brian Leiter
[A] real tour de force of philosophical argumentation utilizing social science data.
Philosophy in Review - Andrew Peirce
[T]his book is an impressive addition to the growing literature in so-called 'non-ideal' political theory, which as Anderson herself notes, begins 'from a diagnosis of injustices in our actual world, rather than from a picture of an ideal world.'
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Winner of the 2011 Joseph B. Gittler Award, The American Philosophical Association

One of Choice's Significant University Press Titles for Undergraduates for 2010-2011

"[A] real tour de force of philosophical argumentation utilizing social science data."—Brian Leiter, Leiter Reports blog

"[T]his book is an impressive addition to the growing literature in so-called 'non-ideal' political theory, which as Anderson herself notes, begins 'from a diagnosis of injustices in our actual world, rather than from a picture of an ideal world.'"—Andrew Peirce, Philosophy in Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780691158112
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 4/21/2013
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 264
  • Sales rank: 876,406
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Elizabeth Anderson is the John Rawls Collegiate Professor of Philosophy and Women's Studies at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She is the author of "Value in Ethics and Economics".

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Table of Contents

Preface ix
Chapter One: Segregation and Social Inequality 1
Chapter Two: Racial Segregation and Material Inequality in the United States 23
Chapter Three: Segregation, Racial Stigma, and Discrimination 44
Chapter Four: Racial Segregation Today: A Normative Assessment 67
Chapter Five: Democratic Ideals and Segregation 89
Chapter Six: The Imperative of Integration 112
Chapter Seven: Understanding Affirmative Action 135
Chapter Eight: The Folly and Incoherence of Color Blindness 155
Chapter Nine: The Ordeal and Promise of Integration 180
Notes 193
Index 239

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