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Title:
The new white nationalism in America : its challenge to integration
Author:
Swain, Carol M. (Carol Miller)
Publication Information:
Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2002.
Physical Description:
xxix, 526 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
Language:
English
Contents:
Is There Cause for Alarm? -- The new white nationalism -- Racial holy war! - the beliefs and goals of the more radical racist right -- Demographic change and immigration issues -- Crime and fear of violence -- Affirmative action: past and present -- Framing effects, opinion surveys, and the evidence from focus groups -- A grievance made to order? -- The path from discrimination to reverse discrimination in higher education -- The growing competitiveness for college and university admissions -- Multiculturalism and racial double standards -- White nationalist recruitment in America -- A search for consensus in college and university admissions -- Can religion promote greater racial and social harmony among America's diverse people? -- Concluding observations and policy recommendations.
ISBN:
9780521808866
Format :
Book

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Over the past decade, a new white nationalist movement has gained strength in America, bringing with it the potential to disrupt already fragile race relations. Eschewing violence, this movement seeks to expand its influence mainly through argument and persuasion targeted at white Americans aggrieved over racial double standards, race-based affirmative action policies, high black-on-white crime rates, and liberal immigration policies. The movement has also been energized by minority advocacy of multiculturalism. Due to its emphasis on group self-determination, multiculturalism has provided white nationalists with justification for advocating a parallel form of white solidarity. In addition, technological advances such as the Internet have made it easier than ever before for white nationalists to reach a more mainstream audience. This study is intended as a wake-up call to all Americans who cherish the Civil Rights Era vision of an integrated America, a common humanity, and equality before God and the law.


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Swain (law and political science, Vanderbilt Univ.) focuses on the interaction between racism and affirmative action. Her first concern is with the new white nationalists; better educated and more media savvy, they have "repackaged ... white supremacy." Her second assertion, similar to William J. Wilson's, is that given changing social conditions, race-neutral policies would be more politically viable and effective than race-based ones. Using a variety of methods--surveys, interviews with nationalists, statistics, and case studies--the author explains racists' appeal for many white Americans who legitimately fear social change. The text depicts numerous elements that contribute to the mix: demographic changes, crime, affirmative action (especially on college campuses), and the possibilities of reaching consensus. Swain proposes policy changes and recommendations for black leaders. She is especially strong presenting civil rights history, arguments in favor of and against affirmative action, and the costs of self-destructive behavior within the black community. Swain acknowledges racial discrimination and argues for various approaches to combat different versions. This reviewer thinks the author underestimates many Americans' hostility toward any compensatory programs, as well as bigots' taste for violence. Nevertheless, the text is well written and the discussion provoking; highly recommended for collections at all levels in race relations, social stratification, and social policy. S. D. Borchert Lake Erie College


Table of Contents

1 Introduction
Part I Is There Cause for Alarm?
2 The new white nationalism
3 Racial holy war! - the beliefs and goals of the more radical racist right
4 Demographic change and immigration issues
5 Crime and fear of violence
Part II Affirmative Action: Is This the Perfect Grievance?
6 Affirmative action: past and present
7 Framing effects, opinion surveys, and the evidence from focus groups
8 A grievance made to order?
9 The path from discrimination to reverse discrimination in higher education
Part III What Can Happen to Young People in a Racially Charged Environment?
10 The growing competitiveness for college and university admissions
11 Multiculturalism and racial double standards
12 White nationalist recruitment in America
Part IV Remedies
13 A search for consensus in college and university admissions
14 Can religion promote greater racial and social harmony among America's diverse people?
15 Concluding observations and policy recommendations