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Racial Propositions: Ballot Initiatives and the Making of Postwar California (Hardback)

Daniel Martinez Hosang

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ISBN 10: 0520266641 / ISBN 13: 9780520266643
Edité par University of California Press, United States, 2010
Neuf(s) Etat : New Hardback
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Language: English . Brand New Book. This book looks beyond the headlines to uncover the controversial history of California s ballot measures over the past fifty years. As the rest of the U.S. watched, California voters banned public services for undocumented immigrants, repealed public affirmative action programs, and outlawed bilingual education, among other measures. Why did a state with a liberal political culture, an increasingly diverse populace, and a well-organized civil rights leadership roll back civil rights and anti-discrimination gains? Daniel Martinez HoSang finds that, contrary to popular perception, this phenomenon does not represent a new wave of color-blind policies, nor is a triumph of racial conservatism. Instead, in a book that goes beyond the conservative-liberal divide, HoSang uncovers surprising connections between the right and left that reveal how racial inequality has endured. Arguing that each of these measures was a proposition about the meaning of race and racism, his deft, convincing analysis ultimately recasts our understanding of the production of racial identity, inequality, and power in the postwar era. N° de réf. du libraire AAH9780520266643

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Titre : Racial Propositions: Ballot Initiatives and ...

Éditeur : University of California Press, United States

Date d'édition : 2010

Reliure : Hardback

Etat du livre :New

Edition : New..

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This book looks beyond the headlines to uncover the controversial history of California's ballot measures over the past fifty years. As the rest of the U.S. watched, California voters banned public services for undocumented immigrants, repealed public affirmative action programs, and outlawed bilingual education, among other measures. Why did a state with a liberal political culture, an increasingly diverse populace, and a well-organized civil rights leadership roll back civil rights and anti-discrimination gains? Daniel Martinez HoSang finds that, contrary to popular perception, this phenomenon does not represent a new wave of 'color-blind' policies, nor is a triumph of racial conservatism. Instead, in a book that goes beyond the conservative-liberal divide, HoSang uncovers surprising connections between the right and left that reveal how racial inequality has endured. Arguing that each of these measures was a proposition about the meaning of race and racism, his deft, convincing analysis ultimately recasts our understanding of the production of racial identity, inequality, and power in the postwar era.

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"Well-structured and crisply argued... An important intellectual contribution." -- David G. Gutierrez Western Historical Qtly 20120402 "An important read for understanding the future of race and politics in America." Southern California Quarterly 20120713 "[An] important book... Effectively challenges narratives that depict white supremacy as static and doomed to eradication by progress." -- Kevin Allen Leonard, Western Washington University American Historical Review 20130217

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