The contributions to this volume examine this question in a variety of ways. David Wilson and Khalilah Brown-Dean analyze black attitudes towards the candidates for the Democratic Party nomination in the presidential race of 2008. Lorenzo Morris asks how perceptions of race have defined expectations of the African American ambassadors to the United Nations. Horace Bartilow and Kihong Eom use a game theoretic approach to examine US drug strategies in the Caribbean.
A works-in-progress section follows with personal reflections by Michael C. Dawson and Andra Gillespe. They relate how personal concerns and curiosities guide their research. A book review section provides a discussion about works of interest to scholars studying black politics.
About the Author
Michael Mitchell is associate professor at the School of Politics and Global Studies, Arizona State University. His research focuses on democratization in Latin America and the politics of ethnic minorities.
David Covin is professor emeritus of government and ethnic studies at California State University, Sacramento. His research interests include black politics in the United States and Brazil and social movements.
Table of Contents
Editors' Note vii
Great[er] Expectations: The Double-Edged Sword of Deracialization David C. Wilson Khalilah L. Brown-Dean 3
The Foreign Policy Public Opinion Racial Gap in the Obama Era: Exploring the Impact of Political Context Michael L. Clemons 25
The United Nations and the African American Presence: From Ralph Bunche to Susan Rice Lorenzo Morris 41
Shirkers and Drug Runners: The Limits of US-Bilateral Counter-Narcotics Cooperation in the Caribbean Basin Horace A. Bartilow Kihong Eom 57
Works in Progress 79
The Fragmented Rainbow Project Michael C. Dawson 81
My Research Approach Andra Gillespie 85
Book Reviews 89
Examining the Context for the Obama Presidency: Book Reviews Tiffany Willoughby-Herard 91
Jason Brennan, The Ethics of Voting, reviewed Adam M. Harris 95
Jane Junn and Kerry L. Haynie, eds., New Race Politics in America: Understanding Minority and Immigrant Politics, reviewed Athena M. King 98
Reitumetse Mabokela and Zine Magubane, eds., Hear Our Voices: Race, Gender, and the Status of Black South African Women in the Academy and Oyèrónké Oyêwùmí, ed., African Gender Studies: A Reader, reviewed Audrey Kim 102
Tobin Miller Shearer, Daily Demonstrations: The Civil Rights Movement in Mennonite Homes and Sanctuaries, reviewed Charles W Eagles 105
Katherine Tate, What's Going On? Political Incorporation and the Transformation of Black Public Opinion, reviewed by D. Osei Robertson 108
Bernd Reiter, and Gladys L. Mitchell, eds., Brazil's New Racial Politics, reviewed Kia Lilly Caldwell 111
Cedric J. Robinson, Forgeries of Memory and Meaning: Blacks & the Regimes of Race in American Theater & Film before World War II, reviewed by Michael Tran 114
Darnell Hunt and Ana-Christina Ramon, eds., Black Los Angeles: American Dreams and Racial Realities, reviewed Rick Moss 118
Thomas McCarthy, Race, Empire, and the Idea of Human Development, reviewed Sherri Taylor 120
Rachelle Winkle-Wagner, The Unchosen Me: Race, Gender, and Identity Among Black Women in College, reviewed Taisha Caldwell 122
Paula D. McClain and Steven C. Tauber, American Government in Black and White, reviewed Zahra Ahmed 125
Invitation to the Scholarly Community 129