Behind The Mule: Race And Class In African-American Politics
Brand: Princeton University Press

Behind The Mule: Race And Class In African-American Politics

  • Publish Date: 1995-07-03
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Author: Michael Dawson

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Political scientists and social choice theorists often assume that economic diversification within a group produces divergent political beliefs and behaviors. Michael Dawson demonstrates, however, that the growth of a black middle class has left race as the dominant influence on African- American politics. Why have African Americans remained so united in most of their political attitudes? To account for this phenomenon, Dawson develops a new theory of group interests that emphasizes perceptions of linked fates and black economic subordination.


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