The Politics of Inclusion and Exclusion: Identity Politics in Twenty-First Century America

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Assessing the limits of pluralism, this book examines different types of political inclusion and exclusion and their distinctive dimensions and dynamics. Why are particular social groups excluded from equal participation in particular political processes? How do these groups become more fully included as equal participants with other groups in particular political processes? Often, the critical issue is not whether a group is included but how it is included. Collectively, the essays elucidate five types of inclusion or exclusion: voting participation; representation in legislative assemblies; representation of group interests in processes of policy formation; representation of group interests in processes of policy implementation; and participation in discursive processes of policy framing.

The book’s organization take shape over the balance between how policies shape political configurations and, conversely, how certain political configurations shape policy. At the same time the book makes a distinction between state-centered and society-centered policy studies. All the essays in the volume consider both dimensions of policy formation to some extent and pinpoint sites of interaction between state and civil society.

Covering broad territory—from the politics of Latinos to civil rights, the transgendered to the disabled, and immigration to gender and welfare provision—this volume discusses the controversies that either states or groups face in either excluding or being excluded from equal participation in particular political processes. At a more fundamental level, the essays in the volume raise some traditional and some not-so-traditional issues about the nature of democratic politics in settings with a multitude of group identities.

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"These essays present a panoply of ideas, analysis and case studies of the contours and reactions to the multijcultural and transracial nature of politics in the U.S. These scholars present new challenges to old issues that need re-examination and re-analysis to help this society advance to a 21st century understanding of what it means to be included or excluded in the U.S." - Robert Stanley Oden, California State University, Sacramento

"The Politics of Inclusion and Exclusion is a timely and provocative book that brings together work by established and emerging scholars contributing to the debate over group boundaries, discrimination, and public policy. These original essays guide the reader through the complexity of difference and its political ramifications. It is an outstanding contribution to the social science literature on identity and participation." - Ben Marquez, University of Wisconsin-Madison

"David Erickson assembles in one volume a provocative and enlightening collection of essays. Representing a diverse range of groups currently seeking equal inclusion in the America political system, each essay reveals something new about the complicated process groups confront as they strive to overcome historic patterns of discrimination, exclusion, or partial inclusion in contemporary American society and politics. Several essays in the collection elucidate the connection between how minority group mobilization affects the outcome of policy debates (politics determines policies), while other essays provide evidence that public policy decisions themselves determine the course that groups must take in their political struggle (policies determines politics). By including both perspectives, the volume offers a mainstream political science approach inflected by a nuanced understanding of post-modernism. The case studies in this volume bring to life theses analytic points making The Politics of Inclusion and Exclusion interesting and valuable to several fields: American politics, policy studies, minority politics and social movements." - Gary Lehring, Smith College

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415876193
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 12/13/2010
  • Pages: 232
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

David F. Ericson is a professor in the Department of Public and International Affairs at George Mason University. His current research focuses on the centrality of slavery to the American experience.

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Table of Contents

Introduction (David Ericson) Part I: Comparative Overview; 1. Political Inclusion and Exclusion in the Americas (Victor Asal); Part II: Politics of Inclusion or Exclusion; 2. Puerto Rican Politics in New York City during the 1960’s (Jose Cruz); 3. Latino Representation in Congress: A Voting Block for Substantive Representation (Sally Friedman); 4. Outside the Binary: Transgendered Politics on a Global Stage (Jenna Basiliere); 5. Politics and the Disabled Body: Diverse Thoughts about Human Diversity (William Roth); Part III: Policies of Inclusion or Exclusion; 6. The Micro-Politics of Immigration: Local Government Responsiveness to Language Diversity (Nadia Rubaii-Barrett); 7. Gender, Race, and Welfare Reform (Patricia Strach and Kathleen Sullivan); 8. The Conservative Attack on Affirmative Action: Toward a Legal Genealogy of Color Blindness (Julie Novkov)

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