Racial Inequality and Social Policy|
Spring 2008 not offered
In this seminar we will examine the relationship between racial inequality and social policy in the United States. At a basic level, we can think of racial inequality existing between whites and nonwhites. At the same time, when looking at inequality, we can note that problems of "race" intersect with problems of class and gender. In this course we will focus primarily, but not exclusively, on the experience of African Americans. We will also consider the experiences of other racial minority groups. With respect to racial inequality, we will give particular attention to problems of employment opportunity, housing and neighborhood, education, political representation, crime, and poverty and welfare. The development of social policies designed to solve such problems are shaped by scholarly, political, and policy debates that are derived from various (and conflicting) informed perspectives. Policy ideas emerge from government, institutes and nonprofit organizations, scholars, and activists. There are probably no domestic policy debates in the United States that are more volatile than those related to racial inequality. Ironically, patterns of racial inequality have often been exacerbated by the very policies designed to ameliorate those inequalities.
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Roth, William, THE ASSAULT ON SOCIAL POLICY, New York: Columbia University Press, 2002
Quadagno, Jill, THE COLOR OF WELFARE: HOW RACISM UNDERMINED THE WAR ON POVERTY, New York: Oxford, 1994
Hamilton, Dona Cooper and Hamilton, Charles V., THE DUAL AGENDA: THE AFRICAN AMERICAN STRUGGLE FOR CIVIL AND ECONOMIC EQUALITY, New York: Columbia University Press, 1997
Lashley, Marilyn E., and Jackson, Melanie Njeri, eds., AFRICAN AMERICANS AND THE NEW POLICY CONSENSUS, Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1994
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Assignments will include short critical readings, papers and a major term paper.
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