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Turning Back: the Retreat from Racial Justice in American Thought and Policy

by Steinberg, Stephen

  • ISBN: 9780807041116
  • ISBN10: 0807041114

Turning Back: the Retreat from Racial Justice in American Thought and Policy

by Steinberg, Stephen

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  • Binding: Paperback
  • Publisher: Beacon Press
  • Publish date: 12/01/1999
  • ISBN: 9780807041116
  • ISBN10: 0807041114
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Description: Turning Back traces social science writing on race relations over the past half-century. Beginning with Gunnar Myrdal's classic, An American Dilemma, Stephen Steinberg shows how mainstream social science placed a liberal gloss on racism and failed to champion civil rights. Not until the racial crisis of the 1960s was there a willingness to confront racism "in all of its hideous fullness", and to place responsibility for the nation's racial problems on major political and economic institutions. During the post-Civil Rights era the focus of blame has again shifted away from societal institutions onto blacks themselves. Turning Back is a trenchant critique of this "scholarship of backlash". Steinberg challenges liberals as well as conservatives, blacks as well as whites, who have fueled the backlash and provided a spurious intellectual cover for gutting affirmative action and other policies designed to alleviate racial inequalities.
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