Du Bois Review Issue 14.1


The Empire Strikes Back

Issue 14.1 of Du Bois Review: Social Science Research on Race, “The Empire Strikes Back,” responds to the fall of the postracial narrative and the disturbing recrudescence of White supremacist rhetoric and groups. Scholars in this issue wrestle with questions of direct relevance to the most recent U.S. presidential election, the early days of the Trump presidency, and the ongoing  power of socially constructed race and ethno-racial distinctions on our social world.

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“The abstract concept of demographic integration…conceals a real-world variety of multiethnic and multiracial neighborhoods that are differently valued and perceived depending on what you ask and who you ask. ...[A]mbivalence toward diversity is not simply with respect to whether diversity, per se, is good or bad. Neighborhoods integrated with certain groups are acceptable and desirable (and this differs depending on the group); but neighborhoods integrated with other groups are unacceptable and undesirable.”

Maria Krysan, Courtney Carter, and Marieke van Londen

“[T]his study raises a basic question: Do new policies intended to improve the access of limited English speakers to public services have a negative impact on Black public sector employment? The results…indicate that language-based policies reduced the representation of Black monolingual English speakers in the public administration sector after the implementation of bilingual employment policy. …These results are important to consider as they highlight evidence by which Blacks could perceive immigrants as a political and economic threat.”

Abigail A. Sewell

“Because of the rapid development of higher education in the South and increased opportunities for Blacks, a comparative, competitive field of higher education emerged. This research reveals a causal relationship between racial and status boundary processes and the production and diffusion of educational forms. …These cases illuminate moments of fleeting inclusion that are important for understanding the mechanisms by which the deep structures of racial inequality are circulated even through projects committed to radical change.”

Christi M. Smith

“[T] popular conversation about whether support for the [Confederate] flag by the mass White public is essentially a symbolic statement of racial animus or a more benign expression of regional pride has generated much heat but little light. In the midst of ongoing debates over Southern symbols, we have examined both the historical reintroduction of Confederate symbols, and the contemporary “heritage or hatred” debate using three separate survey datasets. We find that support for the Southern heritage argument is decidedly mixed.”

Logan Strother, Spencer Piston, and Thomas Ogorzalek

“We argue that successful implementation of Civil Rights/Human Rights education occurs only in the presence of longstanding civil rights organizing efforts, and that, among communities with durable CRHR initiatives, the form and character of such civic efforts is conditioned by the degree of historical White resistance to civil rights initiatives and the extent of White participation in local public schools.”

David Cunningham and Ashley Rondini

PLUS: Kevin Drakulich, John Hagan, Devon Johnson, and Kevin H. Wozniak; Jason Shelton; Evelyn M. Simien and Sarah Cote Hampson; Chandra Waring; James Jones; Davia C. Downey and Laura Reese; Angela Stuesse, Cheryl Staats, and Andrew Grant-Thomas; Michelle D. Byng; George Wilson and Vincent J. Roscigno.



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