""can We All Get Along?"": Racial and Ethnic Minorities in American Politics by Paula D. McClain""can We All Get Along?"": Racial and Ethnic Minorities in American Politics by Paula D. McClain

""can We All Get Along?"": Racial and Ethnic Minorities in American Politics

byPaula D. McClain, Joseph Stewart Jr.

Paperback | August 6, 2013

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In a nation built by immigrants and bedeviled by the history and legacy of slavery and discrimination, issues of liberty, equality, and community continue to challenge Americans. In the sixth edition of this widely acclaimed text, Paula D. McClain and Joseph Stewart Jr. combine traditional elements of political science analysis—history, Constitutional theory, institutions, political behavior, and policy actors—with a fully updated survey of the political status of four major groups: African Americans, Latinos, Asian Americans, and American Indians. The authors show similarities and differences in these groups' political action and experience, and point the way toward coalition, competition, and consensus building in the face of ongoing conflict. Two dilemmas shape the book: How do we as a nation reconcile a commitment to equality with persistent inequality and discrimination? And what can we do about it—from the perspective of ethnic and racial minorities as well as within the dominant culture?

The sixth edition is thoroughly updated following the 2012 presidential election and provides new coverage of President Obama's first term including discussions of judicial appointments, the Affordable Care Act, and other policy changes. With increased coverage of native Hawaiians and all new chapter openers, "Can We All Get Along?" continues to provide the most extensive comparative coverage of minority politics in the United States.
Paula D. McClain is a professor of political science and public policy and Dean of the Graduate School and Vice Provost for Graduate Education at Duke University. She is also Co-Director of the Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity, and Gender in the Social Sciences at Duke University. Her articles have appeared in numerous journals,...
Title:""can We All Get Along?"": Racial and Ethnic Minorities in American PoliticsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:August 6, 2013Publisher:Avalon PublishingLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations and Maps
List of Acronyms

1. America’s Dilemmas
Terms Used in This Book
Race and Ethnicity
American Government Foundation and Racial Minorities
The Constitution and Black and Indian Citizenship
Citizenship and Later Minorities: Latinos and Asians
The Constitution and Black and Indian Suffrage
Structure of This Book

2. Resources and Status of America’s Racial Minorities
Population Size, Socioeconomic Status, and Concentration
Participation in a Civil Rights Movement
Voting Rights Law

3. America’s Racial Minorities in the Contemporary Political System: Actors
Group Identity and Perceptions of Discrimination
Political Ideology
Partisian Identification
Voting Behavior
The 2000 Elections
The 2004 Elections
The 2008 Elections
The 2012 Elections
Interest Group Activities

4. America’s Racial Minorities in the Policymaking Process
Agenda Setting
Minority Representation
State Elective Office
Equal Educational Opportunity
Affirmative Action in Employment
Extension of the Voting Rights Act (VRA)

5. Coalition or Competition?: Patterns of Interminority Group Relations
Interminority Group Relations
Coalition or Competition Politics?
Los Angeles

6. Will We “All Get Along”?
The Dilemmas Revisited
Targeting Racial and Ethnic Minorities
VRA: Looking to the Future

Discussion Questions

Editorial Reviews

From the Fifth Edition:"'Can We All Get Along?' explains why Barack Obama's 2008 election to the presidency has not made Rodney King's plaintive cry in 1992 irrelevant any more than it has eliminated race and ethnicity as factors integral to American politics. The new fifth edition enables our comprehension of those facts to be as contemporary as today's headlines…An exceptionally useful text!"—Jim Sheffield, University of Oklahoma"This book is a unique resource for helping students to understand the interplay between diverse populations and the American political system. The latest edition provides a rich introduction to the histories, theoretical concepts, and key terms associated with U.S. racial and ethnic politics."—Janelle S. Wong, University of Southern California"In the wake of an historic election, students will be searching for ways to understand the significance of race and ethnicity in American politics. This book…provides crucial historical context, vital contemporary data, and a survey of the most up-to-date theory in the field…The backbone of my race and American politics course."—Regina Freer, Occidental College