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Author Emerson, Michael O., 1965-

Title Transcending racial barriers : toward a mutual obligations approach / Michael O. Emerson, George Yancey.

Imprint New York : Oxford University Press, 2011.

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 Moore Stacks  E184.A1 E553 2011    Available  ---
Description x, 165 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. 145-159) and index.
Contents Pt. I. Where we are. Introduction -- How did we get here? -- Confronting racism : moving beyond the past -- Dealing with racism : looking for justice -- Why we have failed -- pt. II. A path forward. Listening to each other -- Addressing group interest -- The critical core -- Cultural uniqueness -- Racial solutions for a new society.
Summary Despite recent progress against racial inequalities, American society continues to produce attitudes and outcomes that reinforce the racial divide. In this book the authors offer a fresh perspective on how to combat racial division. They document the historical move from white supremacy to institutional racism, then look at modern efforts to overcome the racialized nature of our society. The authors argue that both conservative and progressive approaches have failed, as they continually fall victim to forces of ethnocentrism and group interest. They then explore group interest and possible ways to account for the perspectives of both majority and minority group members. They look to multiracial congregations, multiracial families, the military, and sports teams, all situations in which group interests have been overcome before. In each context they find the development of a core set of values that binds together different racial groups, along with the flexibility to express racially based cultural uniqueness that does not conflict with this critical core. This book offers what is at once a balanced approach towards dealing with racial alienation and a step forward in the debate about the steps necessary to overcome present day racism.
Subject Racism -- United States -- History.
United States -- Race relations.
Conflict management -- United States.
Added Author Yancey, George A., 1962-
Other Form: Online version: Emerson, Michael O., 1965- Transcending racial barriers. New York : Oxford University Press, 2011 (OCoLC)761309846
ISBN 9780199742691 (pbk.)
9780199742684 (hc.)
0199742685 (hc.)
0199742693 (pbk.)