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Ordeal of Integration #1: The Ordeal of Integration: Process and Resentment in America's "Racial" Crisis

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For many years Orlando Patterson has been a major contributor to the public discussion of race in America. In this eagerly anticipated new volume, the author of the National Book Award–winner Freedom in the Making of Western Culture presents a comprehensive exploration of contemporary interethnic relations.Americans are in the midst of a rejuvenated conversation about race. How we talk about race—or fail to—is one of the central themes of this book, which is certain to spark lively debate among intellectuals and policy advocates.Unflinching in his analysis, Patterson chides professional race advocates, the mainstream media, and his fellow academics for homogenizing the 33 million Americans of African ancestry into a single group beset by crises and intractable dilemmas. His willingness to challenge the received wisdom of conservatives, liberals, and genetic determinists alike affords us the opportunity to critically examine our own preconceived notions and prejudices.An experienced policy advisor, Patterson brings to the national discussion a lifetime of study of slavery, freedom, and ethnic inequality worldwide. His practical recommendations emphasize solutions to problems too often described as unsolvable. For the one-fourth of the Afro-American population at the bottom rung of the socioeconomic ladder, his suggestions include housing vouchers, limiting the influx of low-skilled immigrants, and instituting a highly original policy to reduce teenage childbearing. He remains firmly committed to school desegregation, supports intermarriage as a means of promoting full integration, and takes American religious leaders to task for the ”scandal of segregation” within their churches. Responding to widespread antagonism toward affirmative action, Patterson advocates retaining it for another fifteen years, eventually replacing it with a class-based policy.Standing as a challenge to those who insist on dwelling on the failures of race relations, The Ordeal of Integration admonishes Americans to stop exaggerating the intractability of persistent ethnic problems and start focusing on what works.

Synopsis:

In this provocative new book, sociologist Orlando Patterson takes on the intractable dilemma of race in late 20th-century America. Using current demographic research, Patterson exposes common misperceptions about the lives and experiences of black and white Americans, misperceptions that are hampering the success of integration.

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Includes bibliographical references (p. 205-224) and index.

About the Author

Orlando Patterson is the John Cowles Professor of Sociology at Harvard University.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781887178976
Subtitle:
Progress And Resentment In America's "Racial" Crisis
Author:
Patterson, Orlando
Publisher:
Basic Civitas Books
Location:
Washington, D.C. :
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Afro-americans
Subject:
Ethnology
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
African American Studies
Subject:
Ethnic relations
Subject:
Race relations
Subject:
Minority Studies - Race Relations
Subject:
United States Ethnic relations.
Subject:
Ethnic Studies-Racism and Ethnic Conflict
Subject:
Ethnic Studies-Immigration
Edition Number:
1st pbk. ed.
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Ordeal of Integration
Series Volume:
no. 97-10
Publication Date:
19981014
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
248
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 12.2 oz

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History and Social Science » African American Studies » General
History and Social Science » Anthropology » Cultural Anthropology
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History and Social Science » Ethnic Studies » Immigration
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In this provocative new book, sociologist Orlando Patterson takes on the intractable dilemma of race in late 20th-century America. Using current demographic research, Patterson exposes common misperceptions about the lives and experiences of black and white Americans, misperceptions that are hampering the success of integration.
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