Transcending Racial Barriers: Toward a Mutual Obligations Approach

Paperback | January 4, 2011

byMichael O. Emerson, George Yancey

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Despite recent progress against racial inequalities, American society continues to produce attitudes and outcomes that reinforce the racial divide. In Transcending Racial Barriers, Michael Emerson and George Yancey offer a fresh perspective on how to combat racial division. They document thehistorical 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 eachcontext 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.Transcending Racial Barriers offers what is at once a balanced approach towards dealing with racial alienation and a bold step forward in the debate about the steps necessary to overcome present-day racism.

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Despite recent progress against racial inequalities, American society continues to produce attitudes and outcomes that reinforce the racial divide. In Transcending Racial Barriers, Michael Emerson and George Yancey offer a fresh perspective on how to combat racial division. They document thehistorical move from white supremacy to insti...

Michael O. Emerson is Allyn R. and Gladys M. Cline Professor of Sociology and Founding Director of Center on Race, Religion, and Urban Life at Rice University. He is the co-author of ten books, including Divided by Faith, United By Faith and Passing the Plate. George Yancey is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Nor...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:184 pages, 5.51 × 8.11 × 0.71 inPublished:January 4, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199742693

ISBN - 13:9780199742691

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Part One: Where We Are1. Introduction2. How Did We Get Here?3. Dealing with Racism - Moving Beyond the Past4. Dealing with Racism - Looking for Justice5. Why We Have FailedPart Two: A Path Forward6. Listening to Each Other7. Dealing with Group Interest8. The Critical Core9. Cultural Uniqueness10. Racial Solutions for A New Society