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Politicians, scholars, and pundits often disagree about whether race has been injected into a political campaign or policy debate. Some have suspected that race sometimes enters into politics even when political elites avoid using racial cues or racially coded language. Anger and Racial Politics provides a theoretical framework for understanding the emotional conditions under which this effect might happen. Antoine J. Banks asserts that making whites angry – no matter the basis for their anger – will make ideas about race more salient to them. He argues that anger, and not fear or other negative emotions, provides the foundation upon which contemporary white racial attitudes are structured. Drawing on a multi-method approach – lab and Internet survey experiments and nationally representative surveys – he demonstrates that anger plays an important role in enhancing the impact of race on whites' preferences for putting an end to affirmative action, repealing health care reform, hanging the confederate flag high, and voting for Tea Party-backed candidates.Read more
- A novel perspective on emotional underpinnings of racial attitudes in America
- Offers an important theoretical contribution: deconstructing the emotions underlying contemporary racism, old-fashioned racism, and non-racial considerations
- Demonstrates the conditions that cause race to be more pervasive in American society
- A Choice Outstanding Academic Title 2015
Reviews & endorsements
"Anger and Racial Politics is a must-read for anyone interested in how modern American democracy functions. It is a pathbreaking book for anyone who hopes to understand the unique and challenging dynamics of race in America."
James Druckman, Payson S. Wild Professor of Political Science, Northwestern UniversitySee more reviews
"Anger and Racial Politics fills a gap in our knowledge of the nature of racial prejudice. In the process, it advances the debate about the relative effects of racial attitudes and nonracial principles, such as small government. But Banks moves well beyond familiar territory, unpacking the emotional underpinnings of racial attitudes and making a strong, novel argument that anger - not fear or disgust - is the main emotional source of white racial resistance in the post-civil rights era. Anger is so closely connected to white Americans’ views about African Americans that it acts as a force of its own. With this insight, this book sheds light on both older and more recent political phenomena … A terrific book on an important topic."
Tali Mendelberg, Princeton University, and author of The Race Card: Campaign Strategy, Implicit Messages, and the Norm of Equality
"This carefully theorized and well-researched study of the role of racial resentment in modern American politics goes beyond previous research by focusing on the emotional underpinnings of racial resentment. It convincingly argues that whites’ anger about blacks’ demands and unwillingness to take responsibility for their own shortcomings, more than their disgust toward or fear of blacks, is central to their racial attitudes. Racial resentment rooted in anger is in contrast to old-fashioned racism, more rooted in disgust, and ostensibly race-neutral conservatism, based on no particular emotion. This book offers a wide variety of impressive, fresh research findings and is written in a vein that makes it accessible to a broad audience."
David O. Sears, University of California, Los Angeles
"Anger and Racial Politics is a contribution of strikingly original research that successfully comes to grips with the role of race in contemporary American politics."
Shanto Iyengar, Stanford University
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- Date Published: May 2014
- format: Hardback
- isbn: 9781107049833
- length: 220 pages
- dimensions: 229 x 152 x 14 mm
- weight: 0.47kg
- contains: 45 b/w illus. 18 tables
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
1. A theory of anger and contemporary white racial attitudes
2. The emotional foundation of white racial attitudes
3. The emotional content in racialized campaign ads primes white racial attitudes
4. The public's anger: racial polarization and opinions toward health care reform
5. The Tea Party's angry rhetoric and the 2010 midterm elections
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