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Turning Back: The Retreat from Racial Justice in American Thought and Policy

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Synopsis:

Turning Back traces social science writing on race relations over the past half-century. Beginning with Gunnar Myrdal's classic, An American Dilemma, Stephen Steinberg shows how mainstream social science placed a liberal gloss on racism and failed to champion civil rights. Not until the racial crisis of the 1960s was there a willingness to confront racism "in all of its hideous fullness", and to place responsibility for the nation's racial problems on major political and economic institutions. During the post-Civil Rights era the focus of blame has again shifted away from societal institutions onto blacks themselves. Turning Back is a trenchant critique of this "scholarship of backlash". Steinberg challenges liberals as well as conservatives, blacks as well as whites, who have fueled the backlash and provided a spurious intellectual cover for gutting affirmative action and other policies designed to alleviate racial inequalities.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 221-265) and index.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780807041109
Subtitle:
The Retreat from Racial Justice in American Thought and Policy
Author:
Steinberg, Stephen
Publisher:
Beacon Press
Location:
Boston, Mass. :
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Sociology - General
Subject:
Civil Rights
Subject:
Discrimination & Racism
Subject:
Race relations
Subject:
Minority Studies - Race Relations
Subject:
Race discrimination
Subject:
Affirmative action programs
Subject:
Affirmative action programs -- United States.
Subject:
Political Freedom & Security - Civil Rights
Copyright:
Series Volume:
66-36
Publication Date:
September 1995
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
276
Dimensions:
9.32x6.34x.99 in. 1.19 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , Turning Back traces social science writing on race relations over the past half-century. Beginning with Gunnar Myrdal's classic, An American Dilemma, Stephen Steinberg shows how mainstream social science placed a liberal gloss on racism and failed to champion civil rights. Not until the racial crisis of the 1960s was there a willingness to confront racism "in all of its hideous fullness", and to place responsibility for the nation's racial problems on major political and economic institutions. During the post-Civil Rights era the focus of blame has again shifted away from societal institutions onto blacks themselves. Turning Back is a trenchant critique of this "scholarship of backlash". Steinberg challenges liberals as well as conservatives, blacks as well as whites, who have fueled the backlash and provided a spurious intellectual cover for gutting affirmative action and other policies designed to alleviate racial inequalities.
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