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“Life Upon the Horns of the White Man’s Dilemma”: Ralph Ellison, Gunnar Myrdal, and the Project of National Therapy

Stephen Schryer

in Fantasies of the New Class: Ideologies of Professionalism in Post-World War II American Fiction

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231157575
eISBN:
9780231527477
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231157575.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter examines Ralph Ellison's critique of Gunnar Myrdal's An American Dilemma. Ellison rejected Myrdal's claim that black culture and psychology can be viewed as pathological by-products of ... More


The Dynamic Racial Composition of the United States

Tukufu Zuberi

in Race, Poverty, and Domestic Policy

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300095418
eISBN:
9780300129847
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300095418.003.0010
Subject:
Political Science, Political Theory

This chapter focuses on the dynamic racial composition of the United States. It begins with a critical reexamination of the underlying theoretical orientation of An American Dilemma by Gunnar Myrdal, ... More


Attitudes, Structures, and “Levers of Change”: The Social Science of Prejudice and Race Relations

Leah N. Gordon

in From Power to Prejudice: The Rise of Racial Individualism in Midcentury America

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780226238449
eISBN:
9780226238586
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226238586.003.0002
Subject:
History, Historiography

Situated largely in the mid-century history of psychology and sociology, this chapter surveys the intellectual and institutional landscape in which racial individualism developed. In the 1920s and ... More


Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr.: Defying Liberals, but Deifying Liberalism

Bidyut Chakrabarty

in Confluence of Thought: Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr.

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780199951215
eISBN:
9780199346004
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199951215.003.0003
Subject:
Political Science, Political Theory, Comparative Politics

Gandhi and King were true liberals. They questioned the contemporary interpretation of liberalism which, they thought, was articulated in a distorted form to defend racism and colonialism ... More


Killing Sympathies: RACIAL LIBERALISM AND RACE NOVELS

Jodi Melamed

in Represent and Destroy: Rationalizing Violence in the New Racial Capitalism

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816674244
eISBN:
9781452947426
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816674244.003.0002
Subject:
Sociology, Race and Ethnicity

This chapter presents Gunnar Myrdal’s novel An American Dilemma: The Negro Problem and Modern Democracy (1944) to illustrate the emergence of race novels and the values ascribed to literature about ... More


Consolidating the Race Concept in Biology

Michael Yudell and J. Craig Venter

in Race Unmasked: Biology and Race in the Twentieth Century

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231168748
eISBN:
9780231537995
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231168748.003.0009
Subject:
Sociology, Race and Ethnicity

This chapter begins by discussing the US Supreme Court's decision in the Brown v. Board of Education case, which was influenced by Gunnar Myrdal's An American Dilemma: The Negro Problem and Modern ... More


Into the Southern “Wilds”

David A. Varel

in The Lost Black Scholar: Resurrecting Allison Davis in American Social Thought

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780226534886
eISBN:
9780226534916
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226534916.003.0005
Subject:
History, History of Ideas

The fourth chapter begins by chronicling the fieldwork of Allison Davis, Elizabeth Davis, Mary Gardner, Burleigh Gardner, and Saint Clair Drake in their community study of Natchez, Mississippi, from ... More


Introduction: Once You Go Black

Alisha Gaines

in Black for a Day: White Fantasies of Race and Empathy

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9781469632834
eISBN:
9781469632858
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469632834.003.0001
Subject:
History, African-American History

The Introduction begins with a personal anecdote. Unaware of the complicated politics of racial impersonation, Gaines blackened a fellow student for her high school’s revival of the 1947 Broadway ... More


One Mississippi, Two Mississippi: Methodists, Murder, and the Struggle for Racial Justice in Neshoba County

Carol V. R. George

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
October 2016
ISBN:
9780190231088
eISBN:
9780190231118
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190231088.001.0001
Subject:
History, History of Religion

What can the small Mt. Zion Methodist Church in rural Mississippi teach us about the American Dilemma over race? Quite a lot, it turns out. Founded by Reconstruction Methodists in 1879, Mt. Zion ... More


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