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Black Politics in Transition

Immigration, Suburbanization, and Gentrification, 1st Edition

Edited by Candis Watts Smith, Christina M. Greer

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280 pages | 31 B/W Illus.

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Black Politics in Transition considers the impact of three transformative forces—immigration, suburbanization, and gentrification—on Black politics today. Demographic changes resulting from immigration and ethnic blending are dramatically affecting the character and identity of Black populations throughout the US. Black Americans are becoming more ethnically diverse at the same time that they are sharing space with newcomers from near and far. In addition, the movement of Black populations out of the cities to which they migrated a generation ago—a reverse migration to the American South, in some cases, and in other cases a movement from cities to suburbs shifts the locus of Black politics. At the same time, middle class and white populations are returning to cities, displacing low income Blacks and immigrants alike in a renewal of gentrification. All this makes for an important laboratory of discovery among social scientists, including the diverse range of authors represented here. Drawing on a wide array of disciplinary perspectives and methodological strategies, original chapters analyze the geography of opportunity for Black Americans and Black politics in accessible, jargon-free language. Moving beyond the Black–white binary, this book explores the tri-part relationship among Blacks, whites, and Latinos as well. Some of the most important developments in Black politics are happening at state and local levels today, and this book captures that for students, scholars, and citizens engaged in this dynamic milieu.

Reviews

Candis Smith and Christina Greer have filled a significant void. This is the first book to examine how Black migratory patterns within metropolitan regions, urban neighborhoods, and across state boundaries—combined with the influx of Blacks from Africa and the Caribbean—have transformed Black Politics. Black Politics in Transition adds new insights and theories about African American political life.

Marion Orr, Frederick Lippitt Professor of Public Policy & Professor of Political Science, Brown University, author of Black Social Capital

Transitions are exciting, intimidating, hopeful, sad—and transformative. This book’s focus on immigration, suburbanization, and gentrification is right on the front edge of scholarship, racial and ethnic politics, and individual choice or constraint. It sets us up for the next few decades of research on race in America.

Jennifer Hochschild, Henry LaBarre Jayne Professor of Government, and Professor of African and African American Studies, Harvard University

Table of Contents

Introduction. Black Politics and New Trends Candis Watts Smith and Christina M. Greer

PART I. ALL IN THE FAMILY? BLACK ETHNIC DIVERSITY

Chapter 1. Black Immigration: A Tale of Two Cities Cory Charles Gooding

Chapter 2. African American, Black Ethnic, and Dominican Political Relations in New York City Sharon Wright Austin

PART II. WHEN THE SLEEPING GIANT WAKES UP IN DIXIE: EFFECTS OF LATINO IMMIGRATION ON SOUTHERN BLACK POLITICS

Chapter 3. A Sanctuary City for Whom? Race, Immigration and the Black Public Sphere Niambi Carter

Chapter 4. Black and Latino Political Incorporation in a Southern City Andrea Benjamin

PART III. KEEPING UP WITH THE JONESES: BLACK POLITICS IN THE SUBURBS

Chapter 5. The Politics of Black Suburbanization Reuel Rogers

Chapter 6. Black, Middle Class Suburbanites and the Mismeasure of Black Conservatism Ernest McGowen

PART IV. THERE GOES THE NEIGHBORHOOD: RACE, REVITALIZATION, AND GENTRIFICATION

Chapter 7. When Class Trumps Race: Attitudes Toward Gentrification Jennifer Hochschild and Vesla Weaver

Chapter 8. Whites in Black Neighborhoods: Black Politics, Housing Policy, and the Racial Logic of Gentrification Sarah Mayorga-­‐Gallo

Conclusion. The More Things Change… Christina M. Greer and Candis Watts Smith

About the Editors

Candis Watts Smith is Assistant Professor of Public Policy at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. She also has affiliations with the Department of African and African American Diaspora Studies and Department of Political Science.

Christina M. Greer is Associate Professor of Political Science and American Studies at Fordham University. She also has affiliations with the Urban Studies Program and American Studies Department.

About the Series

Race, Ethnicity, and Gender in Politics and Policy

This new series of books is devoted to trends in race, ethnicity, and gender politics over the past decade:

  • Approximately a third of all Americans are non-white.
  • Latinos are now the largest minority group in the United States.
  • Racial politics can no longer be fully understood relying solely on a black-white lens.
  • The percentage of Americans who identify as more than one race is growing.
  • Immigration is central to the politics and policy agenda of the country.
  • Gender politics are especially affected by the growth in the influence of African American women as voters and the growth in the number of black women in elected offices.
  • Latinas are increasing their political profiles as well.

This new book series invites studies that examine and explain the political consequences of these dramatic transformations. Specifically, the series will publish leading-edge theoretical and empirical research that highlights and analyzes the complex and profound ways that either race, ethnicity, gender, or their various intersections, shape and influence political institutions, individual attitudes and behaviors, social norms, and the policy-making process. We especially encourage and promote projects that use intersectionality analytical research designs, designs that focus specifically on the complex ways race, ethnicity, and gender intersect and interact to shape politics and public policies.

A wide range of book types are invited for the series:

  • Original scholarly research monographs;
  • Core textbooks for emerging and changing courses;
  • Special topic books intended for use as supplemental texts in graduate and undergraduate courses; and
  • Handbooks, encyclopedias, annual editions, and other innovative forms of content that expand the discoverability of the politics, policy, and intersectionality of race, ethnicity, and gender.

Topics we are seeking include:

  • The Democratic Party Coalition and the Future of American Politics
  • The Political Effects of Inequality in American Politics
  • Race, Ethnicity, and Gender: An Intersectionality Perspective
  • Handbook of Intersectionality in the Social Sciences

Published in collaboration with The Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity, and Gender in the Social Sciences (REGSS) at Duke University.

To propose a book for the series, write:

  • Kerry L Haynie, Ph.D. klhaynie@duke.edu
  • Paula D. McClain, Ph.D. pmcclain@duke.edu
  • Jennifer Knerr, Senior Editor, Jennifer.Knerr@TaylorandFrancis.com

Learn more…

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POL000000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / General