Paul Frymer argues provocatively that two-party competition in the United States leads to the marginalization of African Americans and the subversion of democracy. Scholars have long claimed that the need to win elections makes candidates, parties, and government responsive to any and all voters. Frymer shows, however, that party competition is centered around racially conservative white voters, and that this focus on white voters has dire consequences for African Americans. As both parties try to attract white swing voters by distancing themselves from blacks, black voters are often ignored and left with unappealing alternatives. African Americans are thus the leading example of a "captured minority." Frymer argues that our two-party system bears much of the blame for this state of affairs. Often overlooked in current discussions of racial politics, the party system represents a genuine form of institutional racism. Frymer shows that this is no accident, for the party system was set up in part to keep African American concerns off the political agenda. Today, the party system continues to restrict the political opportunities of African American voters, as was shown most recently when Bill Clinton took pains to distance himself from African Americans in order to capture conservative votes and win the presidency. Frymer compares the position of black voters with other social groups--gays and lesbians and the Christian right, for example--who have recently found themselves similarly "captured." Rigorously argued and researched, Uneasy Alliances is a powerful challenge to how we think about the relationship between black voters, political parties, and American democracy.
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Uneasy Alliance illuminates the recent search in literary studies for a new interface between textual and contextual readings. Written in tribute to G.A.M. Janssens, the twenty-one essays in the volume exemplify a renewed awareness of the paradoxical nature of literary texts both as works of literary art and as documents embedded in and functioning within a writer's life and culture. Together they offer fresh and often interdisciplinary perspectives on twentieth-century American writers of more or less established status (Henry James, Edna St. Vincent Millay, E.E. Cummings, Vladimir Nabokov, Flannery O'Connor, Saul Bellow, Michael Ondaatje, Toni Morrison and Sandra Cisneros) as well as on those who, for reasons of fashion, politics, ideology, or gender, have been unduly neglected (Booth Tarkington, Julia Peterkin, Robert Coates, Martha Gellhorn, Isabella Gardner, Karl Shapiro, the young Jewish-American writers, Julia Alvarez, and writers of popular crime and detective fiction). Exploring the fruitful interactions and uneasy alliance between literature and ethics, film, biography, gender studies, popular culture, avant-garde art, urban studies, anthropology and multicultural studies, together these essays testify to the ongoing pertinence of an approach to literature that is undogmatic, sensitive and sophisticated and that seeks to do justice to the complex interweavings of literature, culture and biography in twentieth-century American writing.
- Author : Anonim
- Publisher : Unknown
- Release Date : 2016
- Genre : Uncategorized
- Pages : 231
- ISBN : OCLC:1018208560
ABSTRACT: Despite the Canadian Security Intelligence Service's recent concern with the growing threat from right-wing extremists nationwide, we have little contemporary scholarship on the far right movement in Canada and fewer attempts to systematically analyze their ideologies and activities. Drawing on a three-year study involving interviews with Canadian law enforcement officials, community organizations, and right-wing activists, as well as analyses of open source intelligence, this article examines the endogenous factors that facilitate and inhibit the right-wing extremist movement in Canada. Findings suggest that strengths and weaknesses of the groups themselves can be exploited as a means of debilitating them.
Provides unorthodox interpretations and introduces new concepts in analysis of contemporary relations on Russian-Kazakh relations.
To get the drop on Naraku, Kohaku hides the fact that he has recovered his memory. But can he handle the knowledge of the evil he has committed while in Naraku’s thrall...? When Inuyasha and his allies become locked in combat with Hakudoshi, their erstwhile enemy Kagura fights by Inuyasha’s side. Can she be trusted...? Then, while Naraku and Midoriko seek to capture Koga and Kohaku and rip the Shikon Jewel shards out of their bodies, Inuyasha and the gang stumble across a sword with intriguing powers. Could this new weapon be the key to a definitive victory...? -- VIZ Media
iUneasy Allies'i offers a careful study of the cultural distance between Jews and Evangelicals, two groups which have been largely estranged from one another. Alan Mittleman, Byron Johnson, and Nancy Isserman bring together a collection of critical essays that investigate how each group perceives the other and the evolution of their relationship together.
Investigates the shifting alliances between workers and middle-class reformers in nineteenth-century Boston
Spur Award Finalist SeriesTrue West Magazine's Best New Western Writer 2014The Devil's Own (Book 2)Gunfighter Johnny Fierro is trying to settle into a new life as a rancher in New Mexico's Cimarron Valley, but everyone wants him gone or dead. Until lawless drifters bring trouble to Cimarron. Then they want to hire him. Johnny knows he's the only one who can stop them -- but at what cost?
Samoa became an independent state on 1 January 1962. In moving toward independence, Samoans made it clear that they wanted a political structure that reflected custom and tradition as well as democracy. The post-independence period demonstrated the practical difficulty of reconciling the two. The author examined the co-existence of the two systems of governance. He concludes that, while there has been signficant progress towards democracy (with positive and negative impacts for indigenous institutions, values and practices), it has been restricted by the persistence of customary ideals. The mixing of tradition and democracy is seen as a phase in the process of continuous social and political change, in which practices and values that no longer fit current circumstances are discarded for more relevant and appropriate ones.
- Author : Galia Golan
- Publisher : Greenwood
- Release Date : 1980
- Genre : Middle East
- Pages : 289
- ISBN : UCAL:B4509094