The Miner's Canary

enlisting race, resisting power, transforming democracy

Author: Lani GUINIER,Gerald Torres,Lani Guinier

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 9780674038035

Category: Political Science

Page: 400

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Like the canaries that alerted miners to a poisonous atmosphere, issues of race point to underlying problems in society that ultimately affect everyone, not just minorities. Addressing these issues is essential. Ignoring racial differences--race blindness--has failed. Focusing on individual achievement has diverted us from tackling pervasive inequalities. Now, in a powerful and challenging book, Lani Guinier and Gerald Torres propose a radical new way to confront race in the twenty-first century. Given the complex relationship between race and power in America, engaging race means engaging standard winner-take-all hierarchies of power as well. Terming their concept "political race," Guinier and Torres call for the building of grass-roots, cross-racial coalitions to remake those structures of power by fostering public participation in politics and reforming the process of democracy. Their illuminating and moving stories of political race in action include the coalition of Hispanic and black leaders who devised the Texas Ten Percent Plan to establish equitable state college admissions criteria, and the struggle of black workers in North Carolina for fair working conditions that drew on the strength and won the support of the entire local community. The aim of political race is not merely to remedy racial injustices, but to create truly participatory democracy, where people of all races feel empowered to effect changes that will improve conditions for everyone. In a book that is ultimately not only aspirational but inspirational, Guinier and Torres envision a social justice movement that could transform the nature of democracy in America.

Sisters in the Statehouse

Black Women and Legislative Decision Making

Author: Nadia E. Brown

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 0199352437

Category: Political Science

Page: 250

View: 596

Theories of descriptive representation among female legislators consistently document the ways in which women are marginalized in office. However, they tend to treat identity as constant over time and context and so fail to account for the substantive work of legislators. Sisters in the Statehouse looks at the situation from a different angle, taking an in-depth look at African American female state legislators to examine the impact of race and gender on Black women's political experiences, policy preferences, and legislative influence. Brown links personal narratives to the political behavior of her interview subjects to understand how their experiences with racism and sexism have influenced their legislative decision-making and policy preferences. As such, this is the first study that empirically examines how difference is recognized and put into practice among Black women legislators. Brown demonstrates that identity influences political decision making in ways that distinguish the work of Black women from that of other state legislators. Sisters in the Statehouse is a groundbreaking inquiry into how an intersectional approach can enhance our understanding of political representation.

Asian American Studies Now

A Critical Reader

Author: Jean Yu-Wen Shen Wu,Thomas Chen

Publisher: Rutgers University Press

ISBN: 9780813549330

Category: Social Science

Page: 672

View: 7889

Asian American Studies Now truly represents the enormous changes occurring in Asian American communities and the world, changes that require a reconsideration of how the interdisciplinary field of Asian American studies is defined and taught. This comprehensive anthology, arranged in four parts and featuring a stellar group of contributors, summarizes and defines the current shape of this rapidly changing field, addressing topics such as transnationalism, U.S. imperialism, multiracial identity, racism, immigration, citizenship, social justice, and pedagogy. Jean Yu-wen Shen Wu and Thomas C. Chen have selected essays for the significance of their contribution to the field and their clarity, brevity, and accessibility to readers with little to no prior knowledge of Asian American studies. Featuring both reprints of seminal articles and groundbreaking texts, as well as bold new scholarship, Asian American Studies Now addresses the new circumstances, new communities, and new concerns that are reconstituting Asian America.

OAH/NCPH Annual Meeting Program

Author: Organization of American Historians. Meeting

Publisher: N.A


Category: Historians

Page: N.A

View: 3705

Acting civically

from urban neighborhoods to higher education

Author: Susan A. Ostrander,Kent E. Portney

Publisher: Tufts Univ


Category: Political Science

Page: 208

View: 7488

New multidisciplinary scholarship on civic engagement in America


Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A


Category: Social problems

Page: N.A

View: 3269

Yet With a Steady Beat

Contemporary U.S. Afrocentric Biblical Interpretation

Author: Randall C. Bailey

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789004127296

Category: Religion

Page: 200

View: 1644

These essays address issues of cultural criticism, utilization of Black religious sources, struggles of Afro-diasporan peoples, and ideological criticism in interpreting the biblical text, using new critical tools and challenging the discipline to broaden the canons of interpretation and sources. Paperback edition available from the Society of Biblical Literature (

Revealing Whiteness

The Unconscious Habits of Racial Privilege

Author: Shannon Sullivan

Publisher: Indiana University Press

ISBN: 9780253112132

Category: Philosophy

Page: 264

View: 8761

"[A] lucid discussion of race that does not sell out the black experience." -- Tommy Lott, author of The Invention of Race Revealing Whiteness explores how white privilege operates as an unseen, invisible, and unquestioned norm in society today. In this personal and selfsearching book, Shannon Sullivan interrogates her own whiteness and how being white has affected her. By looking closely at the subtleties of white domination, she issues a call for other white people to own up to their unspoken privilege and confront environments that condone or perpetuate it. Sullivan's theorizing about race and privilege draws on American pragmatism, psychology, race theory, and feminist thought. As it articulates a way to live beyond the barriers that white privilege has created, this book offers readers a clear and honest confrontation with a trenchant and vexing concern.

The Book that Transforms Nations

The Power of the Bible to Change Any Country

Author: Loren Cunningham

Publisher: YWAM Publishing

ISBN: 9781576583814

Category: Religion

Page: 252

View: 6632

No country is too hard, too poor, too filled with crime, too divided by war, or too spiritually dark to be changed. God has given us basic principles that are keys to every problem we face in the twenty-first century. The answers lie between the covers of one book--the Bible. In the "Book That Transforms Nations," missionary statesman Loren Cunningham demonstrates how, together, we can use the Bible, under the direction of the Holy Spirit, to change the whole world. In more than fifty years of continual travel, Loren's ministry has taken him to some of the world's poorest and neediest as well as to kings, presidents, and prime ministers. Here he offeres those who've never had a biblical heritage, and those who've lost what they had, a solid reason to hope and work for a better future.


Contemporary Ethical Challenges

Author: Françoise Baylis,Carolyn McLeod

Publisher: Issues in Biomedical Ethics

ISBN: 0199656061

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 316

View: 5302

Explores the moral choices of making or expanding families through adoption or technologically-assisted reproduction and highlights the social norms that can distort decision-making.

The Imperative of Integration

Author: Elizabeth Anderson

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 9781400836826

Category: Political Science

Page: 264

View: 9430

More than forty years have passed since Congress, in response to the Civil Rights Movement, enacted sweeping antidiscrimination laws in the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Voting Rights Act of 1965, and the Fair Housing Act of 1968. As a signal achievement of that legacy, in 2008, Americans elected their first African American president. Some would argue that we have finally arrived at a postracial America, but The Imperative of Integration indicates otherwise. Elizabeth Anderson demonstrates that, despite progress toward racial equality, African Americans remain disadvantaged on virtually all measures of well-being. Segregation remains a key cause of these problems, and Anderson skillfully shows why racial integration is needed to address these issues. Weaving together extensive social science findings--in economics, sociology, and psychology--with political theory, this book provides a compelling argument for reviving the ideal of racial integration to overcome injustice and inequality, and to build a better democracy. Considering the effects of segregation and integration across multiple social arenas, Anderson exposes the deficiencies of racial views on both the right and the left. She reveals the limitations of conservative explanations for black disadvantage in terms of cultural pathology within the black community and explains why color blindness is morally misguided. Multicultural celebrations of group differences are also not enough to solve our racial problems. Anderson provides a distinctive rationale for affirmative action as a tool for promoting integration, and explores how integration can be practiced beyond affirmative action. Offering an expansive model for practicing political philosophy in close collaboration with the social sciences, this book is a trenchant examination of how racial integration can lead to a more robust and responsive democracy.

The Great Acceleration

Author: J. R. McNeill,Peter Engelke

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 0674545036

Category: History

Page: 275

View: 2648

The pace of energy use, greenhouse gas emissions, and population growth has thrust the planet into a new age—the Anthropocene. Humans have altered the planet’s biogeochemical systems without consciously managing them. The Great Acceleration explains the causes, consequences, and uncertainties of this massive uncontrolled experiment.

Toward Psychologies of Liberation

Author: M. Watkins,H. Shulman

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 0230227732

Category: Political Science

Page: 380

View: 1018

Understanding that the psychological well-being of individuals is inextricably linked to the health of their communities, environments, and cultures, the authors propose a radical interdisciplinary reorientation of psychology to create participatory and dialogical spaces for critical understanding and creative restoration.

The Long Emancipation

The Demise of Slavery in the United States

Author: Ira Berlin

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 0674286081

Category: History

Page: 227

View: 1047

Ira Berlin offers a framework for understanding slavery’s demise in the United States. Emancipation was not an occasion but a century-long process of brutal struggle by generations of African Americans who were not naive about the price of freedom. Just as slavery was initiated and maintained by violence, undoing slavery also required violence.

First in Fly

Drosophila Research and Biological Discovery

Author: Stephanie Elizabeth Mohr

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 0674984730

Category: Science

Page: 270

View: 6829

A single species of fly, Drosophila melanogaster, has been the subject of scientific research for more than one hundred years. Stephanie Elizabeth Mohr explains why this tiny insect merits such intense scrutiny, and how laboratory findings made first in flies have expanded our understanding of human health and disease.

The Cambridge Companion to Modern American Culture

Author: C. W. E. Bigsby

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521841321

Category: History

Page: 496

View: 8585

The Cambridge Companion to Modern American Culture offers a comprehensive, authoritative and accessible overview of the cultural themes and intellectual issues that drive the dominant culture of the twentieth century. The essays explore the social, political and economic forces that have made America what it is today. Varied, extensive and challenging, this Companion is essential reading for students and teachers of American studies around the world. It is the most accessible and useful introduction available to an exciting ...