Synopses & Reviews
Black Nationalism is one of the oldest and most enduring ideological constructs developed by African Americans to make sense of their social and political worlds. In Dreaming Blackness
, Melanye T. Price explores the current understandings of Black Nationalism among African Americans, providing a balanced and critical view of today's black political agenda. She argues that Black Nationalism continues to enjoy moderate levels of support by most black citizens but has a more difficult time gaining a larger stronghold because of increasing diversity among blacks and a growing emphasis on individualism over collective struggle. She shows that black interests are a dynamic negotiation among various interested groups and suggests that those differences are not just important for the "black agenda" but also for how African Americans think and dialogue about black political questions daily.
Using a mix of everyday talk and impressive statistical data to explain contemporary black opinions, Price highlights the ways in which Black Nationalism works in a "post-racial" society. Ultimately, Price offers a multilayered portrait of African American political opinions, providing a new understanding of race specific ideological views and their impact on African Americans, persuasively illustrating that Black Nationalism is an ideology that scholars and politicians should not dismiss.
“Price has given us one of the few and one of the best studies of Black Nationalism and African American public opinion. She goes beyond the Malcolm v. Martin binary to interrogate the tendencies toward separatism and integrationism that are present in virtually all African Americans.”
-Charles P. Henry,author of Long Overdue: The Politics of Racial Reparations
"Price (Wesleyan Univ.) utilizes different research methods to illuminate the complex characteristics of black nationalist ideology among African Americans. The book's strength is its combination of analyses of focus group data as well as large survey data sets. The material from focus groups paints a vivid picture of real people discussing these issues, and this allows the author to illustrate many of her key points."-CHOICE,
"Dreaming Blackness...is a richly layered text that promises to be an enlightening addition to courses in American politics and African American studies."-Erica R. Edwards,National Political Science Review
Tanzania is now the fourth poorest country in the world. Its economic development, since independence in 1961, has been characterized by a series of internal and external shocks that have tested the resilience of the economy, the stability of its institutions, and the tolerance and inventiveness of its people. This book presents information that will have profound implications for economic policy in Tanzania. Questioning earlier reports and conclusions, the authors reject official economic statistics as failing to give even a moderately accurate picture of economic developments. This study outlines the structure of the Tanzanian economy and considers the impact of previous policies and current stabilization and adjustment measures on the poorer segments of the Tanzanian population.
About the Author
Alexander H. Sarris
is Professor of economics at the University of Athens, Greece. He holds a Ph. D. from M.I.T. He has held numerous consulting appointments with the World Bank, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, and the International Fund for Agricultural Development. Sarris is the author of eight books including Ghana Under Structural Adjustment
, also published by NYU Press.
Roger van Den Brink is an economist with the Agriculture and Environment Operations division of the Southern Africa Department of the World Bank. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin Madison. He has worked as a regional planner in Burkina Faso for the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and is currently working on issues of rural restructuring in South Africa.