Ethnic Politics
Identity: The Demand for Dignity and the Politics of Resentment
Identity
The Demand for Dignity and the Politics of Resentment
Paperback      ISBN: 1250234646

The New York Times bestselling author of The Origins of Political Order offers a provocative examination of modern identity politics: its origins, its effects, and what it means for domestic and international affairs of state

In 2014, Francis Fukuyama wrote that American institutions were in decay, as the state was progressively captured by powerful interest groups. Two years later, his predictions were borne out by the rise to power of a series of political outsiders whose economic nationalism and authoritarian tendencies threatened to destabilize the entire international order. These populist nationalists seek direct charismatic connection to "the people," who are usually defined in narrow identity terms that offer an irresistible call to an in-group and exclude large parts of the population as a whole.

Demand for recognition of one's identity is a master concept that unifies much of what is going on in world politics today. The universal recognition on which liberal democracy is based has been increasingly challenged by narrower forms of recognition based on nation, religion, sect, race, ethnicity, or gender, which have resulted in anti-immigrant populism, the upsurge of politicized Islam, the fractious "identity liberalism" of college campuses, and the emergence of white nationalism. Populist nationalism, said to be rooted in economic motivation, actually springs from the demand for recognition and therefore cannot simply be satisfied by economic means. The demand for identity cannot be transcended; we must begin to shape identity in a way that supports rather than undermines democracy.

Identity is an urgent and necessary book--a sharp warning that unless we forge a universal understanding of human dignity, we will doom ourselves to continuing conflict.
The Arab Minority in Israel 1967-1991 ' Political Aspects'
The Arab Minority in Israel 1967-1991 ' Political Aspects'
Hardcover      ISBN: 0198277121

This original study focuses on the growing politicization and radicalization of the Arab minority within Israel--excluding the Israeli-administered territories--from 1967 to the present. Using both written and oral sources, Landau analyzes the diverse political views and attitudes of Muslims, Christians, and Druzes in Israel. Examining trends among the general Arab population in Israel, he looks specifically at political behavior and struggles, organizations, problems of identity, electoral trends, education, language, and literature.

Asian American Sexual Politics: The Construction of Race, Gender, and Sexuality
Asian American Sexual Politics
The Construction of Race, Gender, and Sexuality
Hardcover      ISBN: 1442209240

Asian American Sexual Politics explores the topics of beauty, self-esteem, and sexual attraction among Asian Americans. The book draws on sixty in-depth interviews to show how constructions of Asian American gender and sexuality tend to reinforce the social and political dominance for whites, particularly white males, even in the supposed "post-racial" United States. Drawing on established scholarship on the intersection of race, gender, and sexuality, Asian American Sexual Politics shows how power dynamics shape the lives of young Asian Americans today. Asian American women are often constructed as hyper-sexual docile bodies, while Asian American men are often racially "castrated." The book's interview excerpts show the range of frames through which Asian Americans approach the world, as well as the counter-frames they construct. In the final chapter, author Rosalind S. Chou offers strategies for countering racialized and sexualized oppression. This provocative book shows how persistent racism affects Asian American body image, self-esteem, and intimate relationships.

Asian American Sexual Politics: The Construction of Race, Gender, and Sexuality
Asian American Sexual Politics
The Construction of Race, Gender, and Sexuality
Paperback      ISBN: 1442209259

Asian American Sexual Politics explores the topics of beauty, self-esteem, and sexual attraction among Asian Americans. The book draws on sixty in-depth interviews to show how constructions of Asian American gender and sexuality tend to reinforce the social and political dominance for whites, particularly white males, even in the supposed "post-racial" United States. Drawing on established scholarship on the intersection of race, gender, and sexuality, Asian American Sexual Politics shows how power dynamics shape the lives of young Asian Americans today. Asian American women are often constructed as hyper-sexual docile bodies, while Asian American men are often racially "castrated." The book's interview excerpts show the range of frames through which Asian Americans approach the world, as well as the counter-frames they construct. In the final chapter, author Rosalind S. Chou offers strategies for countering racialized and sexualized oppression. This provocative book shows how persistent racism affects Asian American body image, self-esteem, and intimate relationships.

Assault on Mexican American Collective Memory, 2010-2015: Swimming with Sharks
Assault on Mexican American Collective Memory, 2010-2015
Swimming with Sharks
Hardcover      ISBN: 1498548237

This book uses a micro-narrative structure to explore the assault on the collective memory of Mexican Americans in the Southwest United States from 2010-2016. These communities' survival depends on their histories and identities, which are being quickly erased by gentrification and dispersal, neoliberalism and privatization. This issue is most apparent in the education system, where Mexican American students receive inferior educations and lack access to higher education. Avoiding the overly-theoretical macro-narrative, this book uses case studies and micro-narratives to suggest possible changes and actions to address this issue. It also explores how the erasure of Mexican Americans' history and identity mirrors society as a whole.

Beyond Intifada: Narratives of Freedom Fighters in the Gaza Strip
Beyond Intifada
Narratives of Freedom Fighters in the Gaza Strip
Paperback      ISBN: 0742562328

In the final weeks of 1987, the Gaza Strip became the major battleground of what is considered one of the few authentic national rebellions of the second half of the 20th century. Although the story of the Intifada in the Gaza Strip, with its tragic and inspiring outcomes, is slowly fading from the world's collective memory, the repercussions have ongoing impact on today's peace process. Beyond Intifada presents the captivating personal stories of six Palestinians, adding a rich, human dimension to the news events that the Western media has only partially explored. Helping to put their stories in perspective, the book provides a brief history of the Israel-Palestine conflict, as well as an overview of the Intifada itself. As the conflict in the Middle East continues, the personal stories in Beyond Intifada provide an remarkable glimpse beyond the politics into the lives of Palestinian people.

Black-Brown Solidarity: Racial Politics in the New Gulf South
Black-Brown Solidarity
Racial Politics in the New Gulf South
Paperback      ISBN: 1477302166

Houston is the largest city in the Gulf South, a region sometimes referred to as the "black belt" because of its sizeable African American population. Yet, over the last thirty years, Latinos have become the largest ethnic minority in Houston, which is surpassed only by Los Angeles and New York in the number of Latino residents. Examining the history and effects of this phenomenon, Black-Brown Solidarity describes the outcomes of unexpected coalitions that have formed between the rapidly growing Latino populations and the long-held black enclaves in the region. Together, minority residents have put the spotlight on prominent Old South issues such as racial profiling and police brutality. Expressions of solidarity, John D. M rquez argues, have manifested themselves in expressive forms such as hip-hop music, youth gang cultural traits, and the storytelling of ordinary residents in working-class communities. Contrary to a growing discourse regarding black-brown conflict across the United States, the blurring of racial boundaries reflects broader arguments regarding hybrid cultures that unsettle the orders established by centuries-old colonial formations. Accentuating what the author defines as a racial state of expendability-the lynchpin of vigilante violence and police brutality-the new hybridization has resulted in shared wariness of a linked fate. Black-Brown Solidarity also explores the ways in which the significance of African American history in the South has influenced the structures through which Latinos have endured and responded to expendability. Mining data from historical archives, oral histories, legal documents, popular media, and other sources, this work is a major contribution to urban studies, ethnic studies, and critical race theory.

Blue Texas: The Making of a Multiracial Democratic Coalition in the Civil Rights Era
Blue Texas
The Making of a Multiracial Democratic Coalition in the Civil Rights Era
1st Edition    Hardcover      ISBN: 1469626756

This book is about the other Texas, not the state known for its cowboy conservatism, but a mid-twentieth-century hotbed of community organizing, liberal politics, and civil rights activism. Beginning in the 1930s, Max Krochmal tells the story of the decades-long struggle for democracy in Texas, when African American, Mexican American, and white labor and community activists gradually came together to empower the state's marginalized minorities. At the ballot box and in the streets, these diverse activists demanded not only integration but economic justice, labor rights, and real political power for all. Their efforts gave rise to the Democratic Coalition of the 1960s, a militant, multiracial alliance that would take on and eventually overthrow both Jim Crow and Juan Crow.

Using rare archival sources and original oral history interviews, Krochmal reveals the often-overlooked democratic foundations and liberal tradition of one of our nation's most conservative states. Blue Texas remembers the many forgotten activists who, by crossing racial lines and building coalitions, democratized their cities and state to a degree that would have been unimaginable just a decade earlier--and it shows why their story still matters today.

Breakdown and Reconstitution: Democracy, the Nation-State, and Ethnicity in Nigeria
Breakdown and Reconstitution
Democracy, the Nation-State, and Ethnicity in Nigeria
Hardcover      ISBN: 0739109545

Breakdown and Reconstitution analyzes the interplay between democratization, nation-state building, and ethnicity in Nigeria as well as the challenges of transforming a post-colonial multiethnic state into a stable democracy. This work draws attention to the intrinsic relation between the breakdown of quasi-democracy and the reconstitution of a more inclusive democracy and nation-state. Breakdown and Reconstitution is an essential source for scholars of politics in Africa.

Breakdown and Reconstitution: Democracy, the Nation-State, and Ethnicity in Nigeria
Breakdown and Reconstitution
Democracy, the Nation-State, and Ethnicity in Nigeria
Paperback      ISBN: 0739127934

Breakdown and Reconstitution analyzes the interplay between democratization, nation-state building, and ethnicity in Nigeria as well as the challenges of transforming a post-colonial multiethnic state into a stable democracy. This work draws attention to the intrinsic relation between the breakdown of quasi-democracy and the reconstitution of a more inclusive democracy and nation-state. Breakdown and Reconstitution is an essential source for scholars of politics in Africa.