Double Trouble: Black Mayors, Black Communities, and the Call for a Deep Democracy

Hardcover | May 25, 2007

byJ. Phillip Thompson

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J. Phillip Thompson III, an insider in the Dinkins administration, provides the first in-depth look at how the black mayors of America's major cities achieve social change. Black constituents naturally look to black mayors to effect great change for the poor, but the reality of the situationis complicated. Thompson argues that African-American mayors, legislators, and political activists need to more effectively challenge opinions and public policies supported by the white public and encourage greater political inclusion and open political discourse within black communities. Only byunveiling painful internal oppresssions and exclusions within black politics will the black community's power increase, and compel similar unveilings in the broader interracial conversation about the problems of the urban poor. Tracing the historical development and contemporary practice of blackmayoral politics, this is a fascinating study of the motivations of black politicians, competing ideologies in the black community and the inner dynamics of urban social change.

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J. Phillip Thompson III, an insider in the Dinkins administration, provides the first in-depth look at how the black mayors of America's major cities achieve social change. Black constituents naturally look to black mayors to effect great change for the poor, but the reality of the situationis complicated. Thompson argues that Africa...

J. Phillip Thompson, III is Associate Professor of Urban Politics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He worked for a decade in New York City government, serving as Deputy General Manager of the New York Housing Authority and as Director of the Mayor's Office of Housing Coordination and principle mayoral liaison to the 1991 ...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:360 pages, 6.3 × 9.29 × 1.18 inPublished:May 25, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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PrefaceIntroduction: Black Mayors and Social Change1. "The Dirty Little Secret" of Black Politics2. Acquiring, Building and Sustaining Power: Black Civic Organizations in Urban Democracy3. Race and Inter-Racial CoalitionsPart II: Introduction: The Dinkins Experience4. "Cursed by Factions and Feuds": Black Factionalism and the Structure of New York City Government5. "Set up a think tank: A Black Mayor's Accountability to the Black Community": The Case of David Dinkins6. Race, Class, and Ideology in a New York Mayoral ElectionConclusion: From Conflict to TransformationNotesBibliography

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"...a sharp analysis ...rich in detail... Overall, I found Thompson's argument persuasive and engaging. Double Trouble makes a fine contribution to the scholarly literature on black and urban politics and is a must read for all those who have a concern for the practicing of true democracy inour nation's urban politics."--Contemporary Sociology