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Blacks in the White Establishment? A Study of Race and Class in America


reviewed by Peter W. Cookson, Jr. 1991

coverTitle: Blacks in the White Establishment? A Study of Race and Class in America
Author(s): Richard L. Zweigenhaft, G. William Domhoff
Publisher: Yale University Press, New Haven
ISBN: 0300054335, Pages: , Year: 1991
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To be poor and African-American in the United States is to be doubly marginalized. As racial discrimination and class distinction interact, they produce multiplier effects that create chasms of inequality. These chasms split across the civil landscape like so many social Grand Canyons, creating a large and increasingly permanent underclass, an economically fragile middle class, and an upper class that retains its privileges in an environment of social decline. From the 1930s to the 1980s the government, especially the federal government, developed programs designed to benefit the disadvantaged. By the 1980s it became fashionable among some intellectuals and policymakers to argue that social engineering only resulted in greater poverty and blocked mobility. Evidence for this position has been tenuous and methodologically questionable. Convincing counterevidence, however, has been equally tenuous. Few social scientists have had the opportunity to trace the effects of social programs over time. Fortunately, Blacks in the White... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 93 Number 2, 1991, p. 333-335
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 300, Date Accessed: 10/23/2017 10:23:02 PM

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