Racism and the Underclass: State Policy and Discrimination against Minorities


This collection of essays analyzes the impact of state policies on minority communities in the United States and the perpetuation of an underclass in American society. The editors and contributors begin with the premise that there was a resurgence of racism and disadvantage during the Reagan years, not only in the United States, but also in the world. They contend that a major revision of policy toward the American underclass is urgently needed because of a failure to understand underlying social and economic changes.

Additional information

Includes content by:
  • Peter Weiss
  • Gregory Kellam Scott
  • David Penna
  • Jose Blas Lorenzo
  • Debra Kreisberg Voss
Publisher: Place of publication:
  • New York
Publication year:
  • 1991


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