The Politics of Race and Ethnicity
Politics of Race and Ethnicity is premised on the view that understanding race and ethnicity is integral and essential to a fuller, more complete understanding of the American political system. Textbooks, research articles, and scholarly monographs have tended to approach the study of politics from the vantage point of European-American philosophy, institutions, and history, often giving inadequate attention to very different perspectives grounded in American Indian, African American, Latino American, Asian American and other minority experiences. Moreover, issues of race and ethnicity, such as electoral disenfranchisement, police profiling, and institutional discrimination, are increasingly important in regard to the future of democracy in the United States and remain in search of theory, analysis, and explanation.
This series seeks to publish groundbreaking theoretical and empirical research on the politics of race and ethnicity. The series' emphasis is thematic and, therefore, welcomes works that employ various theoretical perspectives and methodological approaches. In addition, it also seeks to provide the student community at all levels with accessible texts that will introduce them to, and further stimulate thought on, fundamental questions in this field. Finally, the series invites projects that offer original and informative perspectives for the general public on social issues related to the politics of race and ethnicity. We are interested in books that consciously think about the large, broad questions of American democracy and creatively examine what American democracy has meant for racial and ethnic groups and, conversely, what racial and ethnic groups mean and have meant for American democracy.