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p. vii

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Responding to the Demands of Difference: An Introduction

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pp. 1-26

As the twentieth century draws to a close, we are witnessing the growing assertiveness of racial, ethnic, and other social groups both in the United States and abroad.1 These groups are demanding recognition of their distinctive histories and traditions as well as opportunities to develop and maintain the institutional infrastructure necessary to preserve ...

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Breaking the Mold of Citizenship: The “Natural” Person as Citizen in Nineteenth-Century America (A Fragment)

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pp. 27-48

Mary Wollstonecraft once said, probably with a sigh, "I do earnestly wish to see the distinction of sex confounded in society, unless where love animates the behavior." Two centuries later, many groups in American political life are still caught in the same dilemma: hoping that a just society will take account of an essential characteristic-race and ...

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The Subject of True Feeling: Pain, Privacy, and Politics

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pp. 49-84

Ravaged wages and ravaged bodies saturate the global marketplace in which the United States seeks desperately to compete "competitively," as the euphemism goes, signifying a race that will be won by the nations whose labor conditions are most optimal for profit.2 In the United States the media of the political public sphere regularly register ...

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Why Culture Matters to Law: The Difference Politics Makes

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pp. 85-110

Why does culture matter to law? Notice I have not bothered to ask whether culture does in fact matter. As I will soon elaborate, critical legal scholars have definitively shown that neutral legal principles that pretend to disregard culture in fact privilege dominant cultural norms. This has also been the result of court decisions that place culture outside ...

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Civil Rights Rhetoric and White Identity Politics

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pp. 111-139

In their 1993 book, The Scar of Race, Paul M. Sniderman and Thomas Piazza mobilize scholarly arguments in support of neoconservative understandings of the changing nature of race in the United States. "A generation ago" they argue, "the issue of race was, through and through, a matter of right versus wrong. It was wrong-unequivocally ...

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Does Integration Have a Future?

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pp. 139-168

Now I do understand that everyone of these abstractions can bear more than one meaning.1 But, even without any further specification of meanings, a great many Americans-including those who use the terms in debating public issues-are pretty sure they are for some of these policies or practices and against others, perhaps even strongly for ...

Contributors

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pp. 169-170

Index

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pp. 171-179