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An Impossible Dream?: Racial Integration in the United States

Sharon A. Stanley


This book offers a novel conception of racial integration for black Americans in the United States, and a sobering assessment of the prospects for its realization. It builds a bridge between two positions typically seen as irreconcilable: the defense of integration as an imperative of racial justice, and the critique of integration as a form of compulsory assimilation that buttresses white supremacy. Part I of the book provides a model of integration that emphasizes internal, psychic transformation and a redistribution of power rather than the more typical spatial mixing. This model of integra ... More

Keywords: race, African Americans, integration, segregation, desegregation, racial justice, critical race theory, white supremacy, white privilege

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Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780190639976
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2017 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190639976.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sharon A. Stanley, author
Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Memphis

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