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An American dilemma : the Negro problem and modern democracy

Author: Gunnar Myrdal; Sissela Bok
Publisher: Abingdon, Oxon, [England] : Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2017. ©1996
Series: African-American studies.
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"In this landmark effort to understand African American people in the New World, Gunnar Myrdal provides deep insight into the contradictions of American democracy as well as a study of a people within a people. The title of the book, An American Dilemma, refers to the moral contradiction of a nation torn between allegiance to its highest ideals and awareness of the base realities of racial discrimination. The  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: (DLC) 95031355
(OCoLC)32923235
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Gunnar Myrdal; Sissela Bok
ISBN: 156000858X 9781560008583 1560008563 9781560008569 1560008571 9781560008576 1138518832 9781138518834
OCLC Number: 1052622328
Description: 2 volumes : map, diagrams, tables, graphs ; 23 cm.
Contents: Volume I. Introduction to the Transaction fiftieth anniversary edition / Sissela Bok --
Author's preface to the twentieth anniversary edition / Gunnar Myrdal --
Postscript twenty years later / by Arnold Rose --
Foreword / by Frederick P. Keppel --
Author's preface to the first edition / Gunnar Myrdal --
Introduction --
Part I: The approach --
American ideals and the American conscience --
Encountering the Negro problem --
3. Facets of the Negro problem --
Part II: Race --
4. Racial beliefs --
5. Race and ancestry --
6. Racial characteristics --
Part III: Population and migration --
7. Population --
8. Migration --
Part IV: Economics --
9. Economic inequality --
10. The tradition of slavery --
11. The Southern plantation economy and the Negro farmer --
12. New blows to Southern agriculture during the 'Thirties : trends and policies --
13. Seeking jobs outside agriculture --
14. The Negro in business, the professions, public service and other white collar occupations --
15. The Negro in the public economy --
16. Income, consumption, and housing --
17. The mechanics of economic discrimination as a practical problem --
18. Pre-war labor market controls and their consequences for the Negro --
19. The war boom --
and thereafter --
Part V: Politics --
20. Underlying factors --
21. Southern conservatism and liberalism --
22. Political practices today --
23. Trends and possibilities --
Volume II. Part VI: Justice --
24. Inequality of justice --
25. The police and other public contacts --
26. Courts, sentences, and prisons --
27. Violence and intimidation --
Part VII: Social inequality --
28. The basis of social inequality --
29. Patterns of social segregation and discrimination --
30. Effects of social inequality --
Part VIII: Social stratification --
31. Caste and class --
32. The Negro class structure --
Part IX: Leadership and concerted action --
33. The American pattern of individual leadership and mass passivity --
34. Accommodating leadership --
35. The Negro protest --
36. The protest motive and Negro personality --
37. Compromise leadership --
38. Negro popular theories --
39. Negro improvement and protest organizations --
40. The Negro church --
41. The Negro school --
42. The Negro press --
Part X: The Negro community --
43. Institutions --
44. Non-institutional aspects of the Negro community --
Part XI: An American dilemma --
45. America again at the crossroads in the Negro problem --
Appendix I: A methodoligical note on valuations and beliefs --
Appendix 2: A methodological note on facts and valuations in social science --
Appendix 3: A methodological note on the principle of cumulation --
Appendix 4: Note on the meaning of regional terms as used in this book --
Appendix 5: A parallel to the Negro problem --
Appendix 6: Pre-war conditions of the Negro wage earner in selected industries and occupations --
Appendix 7: Distribution of Negro residences in selected cities --
Appendix 8: Research on caste and class in a Negro community --
Appendix 9: Research on Negro leadership --
Appendix 10: Quantitative studies of race attitudes.
Series Title: African-American studies.
Other Titles: Negro problem and modern democracy
Responsibility: Gunnar Myrdal ; with a new introduction by Sissela Bok.

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"In this landmark effort to understand African American people in the New World, Gunnar Myrdal provides deep insight into the contradictions of American democracy as well as a study of a people within a people. The title of the book, An American Dilemma, refers to the moral contradiction of a nation torn between allegiance to its highest ideals and awareness of the base realities of racial discrimination. The touchstone of this classic is the jarring discrepancy between the American creed of respect for the inalienable rights to freedom, justice, and opportunity for all and the pervasive violations of the dignity of blacks.The appendices are a gold mine of information, theory, and methodology. Indeed, two of the appendices were issued as a separate work given their importance for systematic theory in social research. The new introduction by Sissela Bok offers a remarkably intimate yet rigorously objective appraisal of Myrdal--a social scientist who wanted to see himself as an analytic intellectual, yet had an unbending desire to bring about change. An American Dilemma is testimonial to the man as well as the ideas he espoused. When it first appeared An American Dilemma was called "the most penetrating and important book on contemporary American civilization" by Robert S. Lynd; "One of the best political commentaries on American life that has ever been written" in The American Political Science Review; and a book with "a novelty and a courage seldom found in American discussions either of our total society or of the part which the Negro plays in it" in The American Sociological Review. It is a foundation work for all those concerned with the history and current status of race relations in the United States."--Provided by publisher.

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