The Anatomy of Racial Inequality
Speaking wisely and provocatively about the political economy of race, Glenn Loury has become one of our most prominent black intellectuals--and, because of his challenges to the orthodoxies of both left and right, one of the most controversial. A major statement of a position developed over the past decade, this book both epitomizes and explains Loury's understanding of the depressed conditions of so much of black society today--and the origins, consequences, and implications for the future of these conditions.
Using an economist's approach, Loury describes a vicious cycle of tainted social information that has resulted in a self-replicating pattern of racial stereotypes that rationalize and sustain discrimination. His analysis shows how the restrictions placed on black development by stereotypical and stigmatizing racial thinking deny a whole segment of the population the possibility of self-actualization that American society reveres--something that many contend would be undermined by remedies such as affirmative action. On the contrary, this book persuasively argues that the promise of fairness and individual freedom and dignity will remain unfulfilled without some forms of intervention based on race.
Brilliant in its account of how racial classifications are created and perpetuated, and how they resonate through the social, psychological, spiritual, and economic life of the nation, this compelling and passionate book gives us a new way of seeing--and, perhaps, seeing beyond--the damning categorization of race in America.
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Then, following Goffman, this person's social identity is "spoiled" in an essential
way, and it can rightly be said that the person is "stigmatized." Moreover, and
crucially, this stigmatization is not merely the drawing of a negative surmise about
RACIAL STIGMA a persons social position and the physical marks taken in that
society to signify race. Bodily signs that trigger in an observer's mind the sense
that their bearer is ordained to be "a hewer of wood and drawer of water," or is a ...
The phrase "discrimination in contract" is meant to invoke the unequal treatment
of otherwise like persons on the basis of race in the execution of formal
transactions — the buying and selling of goods and services, for instance, or