Examines the continuing ethnic diversification of black America and its impact on black political empowerment.
In The Caribbeanization of Black Politics, Sharon D. Wright Austin explores the impact of ethnic diversification of African American communities on the prospects for black political empowerment. Focusing on Boston, Chicago, Miami, and New York Citycities that for the last several years have experienced an influx of black immigrantsshe surveyed more than two thousand African Americans, Cape Verdeans, Haitians, and West Indians. Although many studies conclude that African American group consciousness causes them to participate in politics at higher rates when socioeconomic status is controlled for, Wright Austin analyzes whether this is true for other black groups. She assesses the current political incorporation of these groups by looking at data on public officeholders and by examining political coalitions and conflicts among the groups, and she also discusses the possible future of black political development in these cities.
About the Author
Sharon D. Wright Austin is Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of the African American Studies Program at the University of Florida. She is the author of The Transformation of Plantation Politics: Black Politics, Concentrated Poverty, and Social Capital in the Mississippi Delta, also published by SUNY Press.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrations
Introduction: An Overview of the book
1. Political Participation, Group Consciousness, and the Minority Group Model
2. Politics in the New Boston: The Majority-Minority Challenge to the Yankee-Irish Political Hegemony
3. Chicago Politics: Black Participation and the Need for a Progressive Coalition
4. Moderate and Fragmented Black Political Incorporation in Miami-Dade County
5. Black Political Emergence in New York City: The Quest for African American, West Indian, and Haitian Unity
6. Understanding the Implications of Black Political Caribbeanization
Demographic and Citizenship Questions for Respondents
Political Participation Questions