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Without justice for all : the new liberalism and our retreat from racial equality
Reed, Adolph L., 1947-
Publication Information:
Boulder, Colo. : Westview Press, [1999]

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ix, 460 pages ; 24 cm
Introduction: the new liberal orthodoxy on race and inequality / Adolph Reed Jr. -- Bill Clinton and the politics of the new liberalism / Philip A. Klinkner -- "Why can't they be like our grandparents?" and other racial fairy tales / Micaela de Leonardo -- The great family fraud of postwar America / Brett Williams -- Race in the American welfare state: the ambiguities of "Universalistic" social policy since the New Deal / Michael K. Brown -- Symbolic politics and urban policies: why African Americans got so little from the democrats / Dennis R. Judd -- Playing by the rules: welfare reform and the new authoritarian state / Mimi Abramovitz and Ann Withorn -- The new face of urban renewal: the near north redevelopment initiative and the Cabrini-Green neighborhood / Larry Bennett and Adolph Reed Jr. -- Occupational apartheid in America: race, labor market segmentation, and affirmative action / Stephen Steinberg -- The voting rights movement in perspective / Alex Willingham -- "Self-help, " Black conservatives, and the reemergence of Black privatism / Preston H. Smith -- The crisis of the Black male: a new ideology in Black politics / Willie M. Legette -- Toward a more perfect union: beyond old liberalism and neoliberalism / Rogers M. Smith.
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1630 Lexile.
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In recent years, America's political and policy leaders have reshaped the nation's approach to race and equality. Our current political orthodoxy has turned away from the long held view that structural forces in our economy, public policies, and history serve to reinforce our nation's inequalities. This new cadre of leaders favors the perception that most inequalities are the results of defects or miscalculations by the minorities or inner city populations most affected. But have these changing notions of race in America served to shape the current patterns and definitions of inequality for better? Or for worse? Without Justice for All: The New Liberalism and Our Retreat from Racial Equality questions, examines, and explains the way a new orthodoxy of American leaders has contributed to the social stratification and inequality which plagues America today. By looking at the history of our social policies since the New Deal, as well as the status of specific policy arenas, contributors show how political shifts over the past fifty years have moved us away from a more egalitarian politics. Throughout, the central thread is a critical response to a now conventional argument that liberalism must be reconfigured in ways that retreat from immediate identification with the interests of labor, minorities, and the poor. From a look at federal housing policy and the failure of New Deal social programs to an examination of long established public assistance programs and Affirmative Action, Without Justice for All, written for both students and general readers, is timely and important contribution to the dialogue on race in modern America.

Author Notes

Adolph Reed, is a Labor Party organizer and professor of political science at the New School for Social Research in New York. He has previously taught at Northwestern University and the University of Illinois at Chicago.

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Reed and colleagues engage an important debate among progressives. They accuse the Democratic Party of giving up the Left and coopting the Right out of misguided strategy. They are especially concerned about the marginalized being treated as special interests. The essays are uneven, favor critique to proposal, and are weak on background and context, making them better suited to readers already familiar with the issues. The best pieces, however, are worthwhile academic activism. These include Micala di Leonardo on white ethnics; Dennis Judd on African Americans not benefiting from electoral loyalties; Michael Brown, Mimi Abramowitz, and Ann Withom on welfare reform rhetoric; Larry Bennett and Reed on the Cabrini-Green housing project in Chicago; and Preston Smith on black conservatism. Stephen Steinberg (The Ethnic Myth, 1989) and Rogers Smith (Civic Ideals, CH, Mar'98) have written excellent books, and their contributions on employment opportunities and constitutional theory, respectively, deserve further explication. The authors argue against William Julius Wilson, Glenn Loury, Robed Woodson, Christopher Jencks, and Theda Skocpol. Overall, the collection is a timely rejoinder to a bookshelf of volumes--and the resulting public policies--that assume liberalism cannot command a majority. General readers, graduate students, faculty, and practitioners. F. H. Wu; Howard University

Table of Contents

Introduction: the New LIberal Orthodoxy on Race and Inequalityp. 1
Part 1 The New Orthodoxy on Race and Inequalityp. 9
1 Bill Clinton and the Politics of the New Liberalismp. 11
2 Why Can't They Be like Our Grandparents?"" and Other Racial Fairy Tales""p. 29
3 The Great Family Fraud of Postwar Americap. 65
Part 2 Race, Ideology, and Social Policy: Beneath A Mystified Rhetoricp. 91
4 Race in the American Welfare State: The Ambiguities of Universalistic"" Social Policy Since the New Deal""p. 93
5 Symbolic Politics and Urban Policies: Why African Americans Got So Little from the Democratsp. 123
6 Playing by the Rules: Welfare Reform and the New Authoritarian Statep. 151
7 The New Face of Urban Renewal: The Near North Redevelopment Initiative and the Cabrini-Green Neighborhoodp. 175
Part 3 Ideology and Attacks on Antiracist Public Policyp. 213
8 Occupational Apartheid in America: Race, Labor Market Segmentation, and Affirmative Actionp. 215
9 The Voting Rights Movement in Perspectivep. 235
Part 4 A New Black Accommodationismp. 255
10 ""Self-Help,"" Black Conservatives, and the Reemergence of Black Privatismp. 257
11 The Crisis of the Black Male: A New Ideology in Black Politicsp. 291
Part 5 Conclusionsp. 325
12 Toward a More Perfect Union: Beyond Old Liberalism and Neoliberalismp. 327
Notesp. 353
About the Editor and Contributorsp. 427
Indexp. 431