Reaching beyond Race by Paul M. Sniderman

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If white Americans could reveal what they really think about race, without the risk of appearing racist, what would they say? In this elegantly written and innovative book, Paul Sniderman and Edward Carmines illuminate aspects of white Americans' thinking about the politics of race previously hidden from sight. And in a thoughtful follow-up analysis, they point the way toward public policies that could gain wide support and reduce the gap between black and white Americans.

Their discoveries will surprise pollsters and policymakers alike. The authors show that prejudice, although by no means gone, has lost its power to dominate the political thinking of white Americans. Concentrating on the new race-conscious agenda, they introduce a method of hidden measurement which reveals that liberals are just as angry over affirmative action as conservatives and that racial prejudice, while more common among conservatives, is more powerful in shaping the political thinking of liberals. They also find that the good will many whites express for blacks is not feigned but represents a genuine regard for blacks, which they will stand by even when given a perfectly acceptable excuse to respond negatively to blacks.

More crucially, Sniderman and Carmines show that the current impasse over race can be overcome if we remember what we once knew. The strongest arguments in behalf of equality for black Americans reach beyond race to the moral principles that give the issue of race itself a moral claim on us.

 

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Paul M. Sniderman is Professor of Political Science at Stanford University. Edward G. Carmines is Warner O. Chapman Professor of Political Science and Rudy Professor at Indiana University. He is also the director of the Center on American Politics and the research director at the Center on Congress at Indiana University. His research focuses on American politics, especially elections, public opinion, and political behavior. He has published widely in the major journals in the discipline including the American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science, and Journal of Politics. He is the coauthor of seven books, two of which, Issue Evolution: Race and Transformation of American Politics, with James A. Stimson (Princeton University Press 1992), and Reaching beyond Race, with Paul M. Sniderman (Harvard University Press 1997), won the American Political Science Association s Gladys M. Kammerer Award for best book in the field of U.S. national policy. Four of his papers presented at academic conferences have won outstanding paper awards, including the Franklin L. Burdette Pi Sigma Alpha Award, the Pi Sigma Alpha Award, and the Chastain Award.Professor Carmines was a Visiting Professor at the University of Oxford in 1998, a Fellow at the Center for the Advanced Study in Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University in 2000-01, and a Fellow at the Center for the Study of Democratic Politics at Princeton University in 2006-07. In 1987 he was awarded the AMOCO Award for Distinguished Teaching from Indiana University.
 
Published September 25, 1997 by Harvard University Press. 208 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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A fascinating analysis of white Americans' attitudes on race, by two political scientists who argue strenuously, though not entirely convincingly, that our leaders would be more effective in forging multiracial consensus and coalition to improve social and economic access for all citizens if they...

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In this narrowly focused study of racial attitudes, the authors assert that, while significant opposition to affirmative action is more common on the political right, it is more powerful on the politi

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In this narrowly focused study of racial attitudes, the authors assert that, while significant opposition to affirmative action is more common on the political right, it is more powerful on the political left.

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