1st Edition

Contours of African American Politics Volume 2, Black Politics and the Dynamics of Social Change

Edited By Georgia A. Persons Copyright 2012
    350 Pages
    by Routledge

    341 Pages
    by Routledge

    Contours of African American Politics chronicles the systematic study of African American politics and its subsequent recognition as an established field of scholarly inquiry. African American politics emanates from the demands of the prolonged struggle for black liberation and empowerment. Hence, the study of African American politics has sought to track, codify, and analyze the struggle that has been mounted, and to understand the historic and changing political status of African Americans within American society.This two-volume set presents a selection of scholarship on African American politics as it appeared in The National Political Science Review from its initial launch in 1989 to the spring of 2009. Represented are contributions from some of the leading scholars of African American politics, who have helped to establish and sustain the field. The volumes are organized around themes that derive from the unfolding real-life drama of African American politics and its subsequent scholarly treatment.The result is a window into the political efforts that meld the historically disparate strands of black political expressions into a reconstructed and strategically nimble, electoral-based mass mobilization necessary for optimizing the impact of the African American vote. Sections in the volumes also chronicle the evolution of the National Conference of Black Political Scientists as a professional organization. The two volumes illuminate a pivotal epoch in black political empowerment and provide a context for the future of black politics.

    IV: Race and Representation; The 1990s Round of Redistricting: A Schematic Outline of Some Key Features; Minority Representation and the Tradeoffs in Legislative Redistricting; The Impact of Redistricting on African-American Representation in the U.S. Congress and State Legislatures in the 1990s; Social Movement Theory in the Examination of Mobilization in a Black Community: The 1991 Sacramento Redistricting Project; The Voting Rights Act and Judicial Elections: A Horse of a Different Color or Canary in the Coal Mine?; The Recruitment of Blacks to State Courts of Last Resort; African-American Presidential Convention and Nomination Politics: Alan Keyes in the 1996 Republican Presidential Primaries and Convention; Call and Response: The Politics of Speaking to and for Black America; The Messages and the Messengers: Opinions from the Million Men Who Marched; V: Legacies: Strategic Black Politics and Black Political Science; The Study of African-American Politics as Social Danger: Clues from the Disciplinary Journals; The Politics of The Black “Nation” A Twenty-Five-Year Retrospective: Honoring the Scholarship of Matthew Holden; Introduction to the Symposium: The Politics of the Black “Nation” Revisited; The Politics of the Black “Nation”: Significance and Context of the Book; In the Mirror of Time: Unbound Interests and the New Black Leadership: A Retrospective Critique of Essay I: “Centrifugal Influences on Black Politics”; Clientage, Opposition, and Withdrawal: Three Forms of External Politics: A Reexamination of Essay II; Revisiting Black Nationalist Politics: An Assessment of Essay III: “Politics as a Collective Psychiatry: A Critique of Withdrawal”; Looking Backward While Moving Forward: Comments on Essay IV: “Toward Black Regrouping”; Toward Black Regrouping: Comments on Essay V: “The Next Five Years: I. Morale and Objective Capacity”; Politics and Organizational Options: Comments on Essay VI: “The Next Five Years: II. Organizational Options”; Modifying Political Tactics: Comments on Essay VII: “The Next Five Years: III. Modifying Political Tactics”; Honoring the Founding Role and Scholarship of Mack H. Jones; An Assessment of the Works of Mack Jones on the Development of Black Political Science: Introduction to a Symposium; Reflections on Atlanta University Political Science; The Epistemological Quest of Mack Jones; Observations on the Political Thought and Methodology of Mack H. Jones; VI: Black Politics and the Dynamics of Social Change; Erasing Racial Justice or How Liberals Become Black; Black No More: Race Construction and the 2000 Census; Race and The Green Mile; “Whosoever Will”: Black Theology, Homosexuality, and the Black Political Church; A Radical Critique of the Reparations Movement


    Georgia A. Persons