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Routledge Series on Identity Politics

Series Editor: Alvin Tillery

Group identities have been an important part of political life in America since the founding of the republic. For most of this long history, the central challenge for activists, politicians, and scholars concerned with the quality of U.S. democracy was the struggle to bring the treatment of ethnic and racial minorities and women in line with the creedal values spelled out in the nation’s charters of freedom. We are now several decades from the key moments of the twentieth century when social movements fractured America’s system of ascriptive hierarchy. The gains from these movements have been substantial. Women now move freely in all realms of civil society, hold high elective offices, and constitute more than 50 percent of the workforce. Most African-Americans have now attained middle class status, work in integrated job sites, and live in suburbs. Finally, people of color from nations in Latin America, Asia, and the Caribbean now constitute the majority of America’s immigration pool.

In the midst of all of these positive changes, however, glaring inequalities between groups persist. Indeed, ethnic and racial minorities remain far more likely to be undereducated, unemployed, and incarcerated than their counterparts who identify as white. Similarly, both violence and work place discrimination against women remain rampant in U.S. society. The Routledge series on identity politics features works that seek to understand the tension between the great strides our society has made in promoting equality between groups and the residual effects of the ascriptive hierarchies in which the old order was rooted.

Some of the core questions that the series will address are: how meaningful are the traditional ethnic, gender, racial, and sexual identities to our understanding of inequality in the present historical moment? Do these identities remain important bases for group mobilization in American politics? To what extent can we expect the state to continue to work for a more level playing field among groups?

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  1. American Exceptionalism and the Remains of Race

    Multicultural Exorcisms

    By Edmund Fong

    Series: Routledge Series on Identity Politics

    In contemporary American political culture, claims of American exceptionalism and anxieties over its prospects have resurged as an overarching theme in national political discourse. Yet never very far from such debates lie animating fears associated with race. Fears about the loss of national unity...

    Published July 16th 2014 by Routledge

  2. New Body Politics

    Narrating Arab and Black Identity in the Contemporary United States

    By Therí A. Pickens

    Series: Routledge Series on Identity Politics

    In the increasingly multi-racial and multi-ethnic American landscape of the present, understanding and bridging dynamic cross-cultural conversations about social and political concerns becomes a complicated humanistic project. How do everyday embodied experiences transform from being anecdotal to...

    Published February 19th 2014 by Routledge

  3. American Identity in the Age of Obama

    Edited by Amílcar Antonio Barreto, Richard L. O’Bryant

    Series: Routledge Series on Identity Politics

    The election of Barack Obama as the 44th president of the United States has opened a new chapter in the country’s long and often tortured history of inter-racial and inter-ethnic relations. Many relished in the inauguration of the country’s first African American president — an event foreseen by...

    Published November 22nd 2013 by Routledge

  4. Barack Obama and the Myth of a Post-Racial America

    Edited by Mark Ledwidge, Kevern Verney, Inderjeet Parmar

    Series: Routledge Series on Identity Politics

    The 2008 presidential election was celebrated around the world as a seminal moment in U.S. political and racial history. White liberals and other progressives framed the election through the prism of change, while previously acknowledged demographic changes were hastily heralded as the dawn of a "...

    Published October 17th 2013 by Routledge

  5. Race and the Politics of the Exception

    Equality, Sovereignty, and American Democracy

    By Utz McKnight

    Series: Routledge Series on Identity Politics

    The traditional assumption today about race is that it is not political; that it has no political content and is a matter of individual beliefs and attitudes. In Race and the Politics of the Exception, Utz McKnight argues that race is in fact political and defines how it functions as a politics in...

    Published June 2nd 2013 by Routledge

  6. The Post-Racial Society is Here

    Recognition, Critics and the Nation-State

    By Wilbur C. Rich

    Series: Routledge Series on Identity Politics

    In a provocative and controversial analysis, Wilbur C. Rich’s The Post-Racial Society is Here conclusively demonstrates that nation is in midst of a post-racial society. Yet many Americans are skeptical of this fundamental social transformation. The failure of recognition is related to the remnants...

    Published February 18th 2013 by Routledge

  7. Conservatism in the Black Community

    To the Right and Misunderstood

    By Angela K. Lewis

    Series: Routledge Series on Identity Politics

    Conservatism in the Black Community examines the contemporary meanings of Black Conservatism and its influence on black political behavior, providing a basis for understanding the impact this phenomenon has on black political behavior. Lewis analyzes conservatism within the black ideological...

    Published December 17th 2012 by Routledge

  8. Jim Crow Citizenship

    Liberalism and the Southern Defense of Racial Hierarchy

    By Marek D. Steedman

    Series: Routledge Series on Identity Politics

    In the late 1860s the U.S. federal government initiated the most abrupt transition from slavery to citizenship in the Americas. The transformation, of course, did not stick, but it did permanently alter the terms of American citizenship and initiated a century long struggle over the place of...

    Published December 4th 2012 by Routledge

  9. The Politics of Race in Latino Communities

    Walking the Color Line

    By Atiya Kai Stokes-Brown

    Series: Routledge Series on Identity Politics

    Latinos are the fastest growing population group in the U.S. and have exerted widespread influence in numerous aspects of American culture from entertainment to economics. Unlike Asian, black, white, and Native Americans who are defined by race, Latinos can be of any race and are beginning to shed...

    Published June 24th 2012 by Routledge

  10. Black Politics Today

    The Era of Socioeconomic Transition

    By Theodore J. Davis Jr.

    Series: Routledge Series on Identity Politics

    The late 1980s ushered in a new era of black politics, the socioeconomic transition era. Coming on the heels of the protest era and politics era, the current stage is characterized by the emergence of a new black middle class that came of age after the Civil Rights struggle. Although class still...

    Published September 25th 2011 by Routledge

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