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POLITICAL SCIENCE 333: “AMERICAN RACE RELATIONS” Meeting Time: M W 5:35 PM to 6:55 PM Location: Art History Hall, Room 200 Instructor: Alvin B. Tillery, Jr. Contact Info: Office : Hickman Hall, Rm. 611. Ph : (732)-932-9312 Email : [email protected] Office Hours : T 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM (in Hickman Hall 611); by appointment. I. ANNOUNCEMENT FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF POLITICAL SCIENCE ATTENTION ALL POLITICAL SCIENCE MAJORS AND MINORS MUST subscribe to the undergraduate listserv of the Political Science Department. Subscribers will receive email announcements from the Office of the Vice-Chair for Undergraduate Studies in the Political Science Department. To subscribe, simply visit our home page at www.polisci.rutgers.edu ; click on <Undergraduate Program>; then <UNDERGRAD LISTSERV> and enter your email address, this does not have to be your eden account. Use the email address you check most often. Note: Students from all majors and minors are also welcome to subscribe to the listserv and will receive all announcements. II. COURSE OVERVIEW This course introduces students to the dynamics of the social and historical construction of race and ethnicity in American political life. The course explores the following core questions: What are race and ethnicity? What are the best ways to think about the impact of race and ethnicity on American citizens? What is the history of racial and ethnic formation in American political life? How do race and ethnicity link up with other identities animating political actions like gender and class? What role do American political institutions—the Congress, presidency, judiciary, state and local governments, etc.—play in constructing and maintaining these identity categories? Can we use these institutions to overcome the points of division in American society? All of the readings listed below are required. I also expect all students to keep up to date with current political events by reading a national newspaper (i.e., the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Washington Post, etc.) each day. The following books are available for purchase at the Douglass COOP Bookstore.
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(1) Michael Omi and Howard Winant, Racial Formation in the United States (New York: Routledge, 1994); (2) Matthew Frye Jacobson, Whiteness of a Different Color (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1998); (3) Tali Mendelberg, The Race Card: Campaign Strategy, Implicit Messages, and the Norm of Equality (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2001); (4) Paul Frymer, Uneasy Alliances: Race and Party Competition in America (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1999); (5) Ira Katznelson, When Affirmative Action was White: An Untold Story of Racial Inequality in America (New York: W.W. Norton Press, 2005). The remaining readings on the syllabus (those preceded by two asterisks) are short book
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