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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THE ANATOMY OF RACIAL INEQUALITY GOFFMAN'S "STIGMA" AND MINE As
mentioned, I approach "racial stigma" via the work of Erving Goffman (1963). In
his book Stigma: Notes on the Management of Spoiled Identity, Goffman studies ...
RACIAL STIGMA are determined within a social-cognitive matrix that is raced. A
similar policy with a different set of beneficiaries might not have the same
ideological resonance. More generally, if when assessing a policy observers
make use ...
THE ANATOMY OF RACIAL INEQUALITY emerged from a system of social
interactions, a key feature of which is the tendency of a great many people to "
disdain and avoid (some) blacks." Moreover, while the stigmatized "racial other"
in our ...