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Turning back : the retreat from racial justice in American thought and policy

Author: Stephen Steinberg
Publisher: Boston, Mass. : Beacon Press, ©1995.
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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  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Steinberg, Stephen.
Turning back.
Boston, Mass. : Beacon Press, ©1995
(OCoLC)607901506
Online version:
Steinberg, Stephen.
Turning back.
Boston, Mass. : Beacon Press, ©1995
(OCoLC)624456295
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Stephen Steinberg
ISBN: 0807041106 9780807041109
OCLC Number: 32702144
Description: xi, 276 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Prologue: My Education as a Teacher of Race Relations --
1. An American Dilemma: A New Liberal Orthodoxy on Race --
2. Paradigm Crisis: The Decline of Liberal Orthodoxy --
3. The 1960s and the Scholarship of Confrontation --
4. Backlash Outside and Inside the University --
5. The Liberal Retreat from Race during the Post-Civil Rights Era --
6. The Underclass: A Case of Color Blindness, Right and Left --
7. The Politics of Memory --
8. Affirmative Action and Liberal Capitulation --
9. Occupational Apartheid and the Myth of the Black Middle Class --
10. America Again at the Crossroads.
Responsibility: Stephen Steinberg.

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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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