Knowledge, Power, and Black Politics: Collected Essays

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Develops an alternative framework for describing and
explaining African American politics and the American political system and
applies it to a number of case studies.


Few scholars have influenced
the development of the study of black politics as much as Mack H. Jones. Through
his writings one can trace the emergence, evolution, and maturation of the
scientific study of the field. Knowledge, Power, and Black Politics
brings together difficult-to-find and out-of-print essays by this important
figure. In the first part of this volume Jones demonstrates how American social
science creates a misleading caricature of African American life, one that can
only lead to misguided public policies. He offers an alternative frame of
reference, the dominant-subordinate group model, and argues that it offers
greater descriptive insights and prescriptive utility for those interested in
understanding politics internal to the African American community. The framework
established in the first section is used to examine a broad range of topics such
as the history of black politics from the period of enslavement to the modern
era and the dynamics of the civil rights movement, as well as a range of
contentious public policy issues, including public welfare, affirmative action,
the black underclass, racism and multiculturalism, the black conservative
movement, deracialization, presidential politics, and US foreign policy toward
developing countries.

“For more than four decades, Mack H. Jones’s work
has been pivotal in directing the scope of black politics. Although his work is
widely cited, never before have his seminal writings been compiled in one
volume. Taken together as a whole they provide a guidebook to the field and
present a powerful commentary on black politics in the current era. With force
and clarity, Jones trains his sights on the most significant issues of
epistemology, historical developments, policy initiatives, and political figures
and groups. His clarity of vision on the instrumental uses of knowledge to
advance the principle of freedom drives his incisive analysis, intellectual
rigor, and, most of all, fearlessness. We have much to continue to learn from
the work assembled in this collection.” — Nikol G. Alexander-Floyd, author of
Gender, Race, and Nationalism in Contemporary Black Politics
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About the author

Mack H. Jones is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Clark Atlanta University and the coauthor (with Lucius J. Barker and Katherine Tate) of African Americans and the American Political System, Fourth Edition.
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SUNY Press
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Published on
Jan 1, 2014
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Pages
320
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ISBN
9781438449098
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Language
English
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Genres
History / United States / 20th Century
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Essays
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Reference
Political Science / American Government / General
Political Science / American Government / National
Social Science / Discrimination & Race Relations
Social Science / Ethnic Studies / African American Studies
Social Science / Methodology
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