The Miner's Canary: Enlisting Race, Resisting Power, Transforming Democracy by Gerald Torres, Lani Guinier (Paperback, 2003)
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- DescriptionLike the canaries that alerted miners to a poisous atmosphere, issues of race point to underlying problems in society that ultimately affect everyone, t just mirities. Addressing these issues is essential. Igring racial differences - race blindness - has failed. Focusing on individual achievement has diverted us from tackling pervasive inequalities. In this work, Lani Guinier and Gerald Torres propose a way to confront race in the 21st century. Given the complex relationship between race and power in America, engaging race means engaging standard winner-take-all hierarchies of power as well. Terming their concept political race, Guinier and Torres call for the building of grass-roots, cross-racial coalitions to remake those structures of power by fostering public participation in politics and reforming the process of democracy. Their stories of political race in action include the coalition of Hispanic and black leaders who devised the Texas Ten Percent Plan to establish equitable state college admissions criteria, and the struggle of black workers in North Carolina for fair working conditions that drew on the strength and won the support of the entire local community. The aim of political race is t merely to remedy racial injustices, but to create truly participatory democracy, where people of all races feel empowered to effect changes that will improve conditions for everyone. In this book, Guinier and Torres envision a social justice movement that could transform the nature of democracy in America.
- Author BiographyLani Guinier is Bennett Boskey Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. Gerald Torres is H.O. Head Centennial Professor in Real Property Law, University of Texas Law School.
- Author(s)Gerald Torres,Lani Guinier
- PublisherHarvard University Press
- Date of Publication06/05/2003
- SubjectPolitical Science & Theory
- Series TitleThe Nathan I. Huggins Lectures
- Place of PublicationCambridge, Mass
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintHarvard University Press
- Content Note3 line illustrations
- Weight572 g
- Width155 mm
- Height235 mm
- Spine25 mm
- Format DetailsUnsewn / adhesive bound,Trade paperback (US)
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