The Resource The American non-dilemma : racial inequality without racism, Nancy DiTomaso

The American non-dilemma : racial inequality without racism, Nancy DiTomaso

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The American non-dilemma : racial inequality without racism
Title
The American non-dilemma
Title remainder
racial inequality without racism
Statement of responsibility
Nancy DiTomaso
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"The Civil Rights movement of the 1960s seemed to mark a historical turning point in advancing the American dream of equal opportunity for all citizens, regardless of race. Yet 50 years on, racial inequality remains a troubling fact of life in American society and its causes are highly contested. In The American Non-Dilemma, sociologist Nancy DiTomaso convincingly argues that America's enduring racial divide is sustained more by whites' preferential treatment of members of their own social networks than by overt racial discrimination. Drawing on research from sociology, political science, history, and psychology, as well as her own interviews with a cross-section of non-Hispanic whites, DiTomaso provides a comprehensive examination of the persistence of racial inequality in the post-Civil Rights era and how it plays out in today's economic and political context. Taking Gunnar Myrdal's classic work on America's racial divide, The American Dilemma, as her departure point, DiTomaso focuses on "the white side of the race line." To do so, she interviewed a sample of working, middle, and upper-class whites about their life histories, political views, and general outlook on racial inequality in America. While the vast majority of whites profess strong support for civil rights and equal opportunity regardless of race, they continue to pursue their own group-based advantage, especially in the labor market where whites tend to favor other whites in securing jobs protected from market competition. This "opportunity hoarding" leads to substantially improved life outcomes for whites due to their greater access to social resources from family, schools, churches, and other institutions with which they are engaged. DiTomaso also examines how whites understand the persistence of racial inequality in a society where whites are, on average, the advantaged racial group. Most whites see themselves as part of the solution rather than part of the problem with regard to racial inequality. Yet they continue to harbor strong reservations about public policies -- such as affirmative action -- intended to ameliorate racial inequality. In effect, they accept the principles of civil rights but not the implementation of policies that would bring about greater racial equality. DiTomaso shows that the political engagement of different groups of whites is affected by their views of how civil rights policies impact their ability to provide advantages to family and friends. This tension between civil and labor rights is evident in Republicans' use of anti-civil rights platforms to attract white voters, and in the efforts of Democrats to bridge race and class issues, or civil and labor rights broadly defined. As a result, DiTomaso finds that whites are, at best, uncertain allies in the fight for racial equality. Weaving together research on both race and class, along with the life experiences of DiTomaso's interview subjects, The American Non-Dilemma provides a compelling exploration of how racial inequality is reproduced in today's society, how people come to terms with the issue in their day-to-day experiences, and what these trends may signify in the contemporary political landscape."--Publisher's description
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DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
DiTomaso, Nancy
Index
index present
LC call number
E185.61
LC item number
.D58 2013
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • African Americans
  • African Americans
  • Equality
  • Racism
  • African Americans
  • African Americans
  • African Americans
  • African Americans
  • Equality
  • Equality
  • Race relations
  • Racism
  • Racism
  • African Americans
  • African Americans
  • Equality
  • Race relations
  • Racism
  • Schwarze
  • Ethnische Beziehungen
  • Rassendiskriminierung
  • Soziale Ungleichheit
  • Wirtschaftliche Lage
  • United States
  • United States
  • United States
  • United States
  • USA
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The American non-dilemma : racial inequality without racism, Nancy DiTomaso
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [377]-389) and index
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volume
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nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Prologue -- Introduction : racial inequality without racism -- Jobs, opportunities, and fairness : the stakes of equal opportunity -- Community, networks, and social capital -- The American dream : individualism and inequality -- The transformation of post-civil rights politics : race, religion, class, and culture -- The white electorate : the white working class, religious conservatives, professionals, and the disengaged -- Government, taxes, and welfare -- Affirmative actions and equal opportunity : changes in access to education and jobs for women, African Americans, and immigrants -- Conclusion : Myrdal's dilemma and the American non-dilemma
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
xxv, 403 pages
Isbn
9781610447898
Isbn Type
(ebk.)
Lccn
2012048799
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)794706683
  • (OCoLC)ocn794706683
Label
The American non-dilemma : racial inequality without racism, Nancy DiTomaso
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [377]-389) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Prologue -- Introduction : racial inequality without racism -- Jobs, opportunities, and fairness : the stakes of equal opportunity -- Community, networks, and social capital -- The American dream : individualism and inequality -- The transformation of post-civil rights politics : race, religion, class, and culture -- The white electorate : the white working class, religious conservatives, professionals, and the disengaged -- Government, taxes, and welfare -- Affirmative actions and equal opportunity : changes in access to education and jobs for women, African Americans, and immigrants -- Conclusion : Myrdal's dilemma and the American non-dilemma
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
xxv, 403 pages
Isbn
9781610447898
Isbn Type
(ebk.)
Lccn
2012048799
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)794706683
  • (OCoLC)ocn794706683

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