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Author Kawashima, Masaki, author.

Title American history, race and the struggle for equality : an unfinished journey / Masaki Kawashima.

Published Singapore : Palgrave Macmillan, [2017]


Location Call No. Status
Physical description 1 online resource (300 pages) : illustrations, maps
Series Springer History eBooks 2017 English+International
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents 1. Introduction: the invention of "race" in the modern world system -- 2. Slavery and the early development of America -- 3. From the abolition to Jim Crow -- 4. The attainment of equality under the law -- 5. From the war on poverty to the quota system -- 6. New immigrants and the "underclass" -- 7. "Reverse discrimination" and "color-blind" racism -- 8. A retreat from the street to the courthouse and prison? -- 9. Toward a new affirmative action in a more diversified society -- 10. Conclusion: in search of a new coalition for the future.
Summary "Powerfully synthesizing major currents in the field, this book addresses the issue of inequality across American politics and society, using race as a lens for the exploration of major themes in American history. It considers the concept of race as a social construction, against the background of the historical struggles for 'fairness' in a society based on the framework of democracy, whose principle is that majority's consent be necessary for the fulfillment of 'justice.' Foregrounding problems of race, capital, and political economy, it particularly examines the connections between race and class, the relationship of slavery and national politics, and the distinctive intellectual framework that Americans have developed to discuss 'race.' Offering a detailed account of civil rights legislation, an overview of immigration law and policy, and comprehensive overviews of debates about affirmative action, immigration, and the causes and solutions to racialized urban poverty, this book emphasizes what is distinctive about the United States and offers a unique comparative framework for thinking about America's racial past"--Provided by publisher.
Other author SpringerLink issuing body.
Subject Racism -- United States -- History.
Minorities -- United States -- History.
Equality -- United States -- History.
Electronic books.
Electronic books.
ISBN 9789811019777 (electronic book)
9811019770 (electronic book)
9789811019760 (hardcover)
9811019762 (hardcover)
Standard Number 10.1007/978-981-10-1977-7