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Author Saito, Leland T., 1955-

Title The politics of exclusion : the failure of race-neutral policies in urban America / Leland T. Saito

Publ Info Stanford, Calif. : Stanford University Press, [2009]
 RWU Main Library  E184.A1 S226 2009    AVAILABLE
Descript xiii, 275 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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Note Includes bibliographical references (p. 209-258) and index
Contents Introduction : the racialized outcomes of race-neutral policies -- Economic redevelopment, historic preservation, and the Chinese Mission of San Diego -- African Americans and historic preservation in San Diego : the Douglas Hotel and the Clermont/Coast Hotel -- Asian Americans and multiracial political coalitions : New York City's Chinatown and redistricting -- Charter reform and redistricting in New York City's Chinatown, 1989-1991 -- Latino political empowerment or systemic inequality : redistricting in the Los Angeles Region, 2000-2002 -- Conclusion : race in the contemporary era
Note Contrasting views of race and society make for heated debate in the United States. From the perspective of assimilation, society operates in a fair, open, and meritocratic fashion. Racial discrimination, while not completely eliminated, arguably has little impact on people's life chances. In contrast, research examining the social construction of race has emphasized continued discrimination. Race remains embedded in social, political, and economic institutions, contributing to systemic racism. This book examines how these debates about race, and the proper role of government in addressing issues of race, shape public policy. Investigating three case studies, that involve economic redevelopment, historic preservation, and redistricting in San Diego, New York, and Los Angeles, the author illustrates the enduring presence of racial considerations and inequality in public policy. Individuals and groups who may sincerely characterize themselves as free of racial prejudice still participate, though perhaps unwittingly, in practices that have racialized outcomes
LC subject Race discrimination -- Government policy -- United States -- Case studies
Minorities -- Government policy -- United States -- Case studies
United States -- Race relations -- Political aspects -- Case studies
Political planning -- United States -- Case studies
ISBN 9780804759298 (cloth : alk. paper)
0804759294 (cloth : alk. paper)
9780804759304 (pbk. : alk. paper)
0804759308 (pbk. : alk. paper)
ISBN/ISSN 40016407437