The result was northern racial liberalism: the idea that all Americans, regardless of race, should be politically equal, but that the state cannot and indeed should not enforce racial equality by interfering with existing social or economic relations. In Managing Inequality, Karen R. Miller examines the formulation, uses, and growing political importance of northern racial liberalism in Detroit between the two World Wars. Miller argues that racial inequality was built into the liberal state at its inception, rather than produced by antagonists of liberalism. Managing Inequality shows that our current racial system—where race neutral language coincides with extreme racial inequalities that appear natural rather than political—has a history that is deeply embedded in contemporary governmental systems and political economies.More information is available here.
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
New Release: Miller, "Managing Inequality"
New from New York University Press: Managing Inequality: Northern Racial Liberalism in Interwar Detroit (Dec. 2014), by Karen R. Miller (LaGuardia Community College, City University of New York). A description from the Press: