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The New White Nationalism in America: Its Challenge to Integration Paperback – February 23, 2004

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  • Paperback: 556 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (February 23, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521545587
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521545587
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,678,821 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Swain's arguments are complex and many-sided...balanced and even moving." Books & Culture

"This is a disturbing book. Carol Swain bravely describes a world of white nationalists who reject racial integration. But where the establishment ignores these groups, Swain argues that the best response is debate rather than denial. The nationalists draw support because they express widespread white grievances that our leaders refuse to face, especially runaway immigration and affirmative action. Like Jefferson, Swain hears a firebell in the night." Lawrence M. Mead, New York University

"It is the great virtue of Carol Swain's work that she is willing to conduct honest inquiry into racial questions and bluntly tell the truth as she finds it. Drawing on the tools of social science as well as her own extraordinary personal experience, she shines a powerful light on issues ranging from crime and illegitimacy to affirmative action and the role of religion in promoting racial harmony. People across the ideological spectrum have a great deal to learn from this thoughtful and courageous scholar." Robert P. George; Princeton University

"This is a disturbing book. Carol Swain bravely describes a world of white nationalists who reject racial integration. But where the establishment ignores these groups, Swain argues that the best response is debate rather than denial. The nationalists draw support because they express widespread white grievances that our leaders refuse to face -especially runaway immigration and affirmative action. Like Jefferson, Swain hears a firebell in the night." Lawrence M. Mead; New York University

[T]he text is well written and the discussion provoking: highly recommended for collections at all levels in race relations, social stratification, and social policy." Choice

"...very strongly recommended for Political Science and Social Issues reference collections and supplemental reading lists." Wisconsin Bookwatch

"...extremely provocative book--marks the arrival of a bold new voice in the American race relations debate." First Things

"Swain has sent all a message that she is no cowering victim of either slavery or its ill effects." Baltimore Sun

"The New White Nationalism in America is a courageous book. It is certain to generate controversy. Scholars and concerned citizens may not fully agree with Carol Swain's thought provoking thesis on the rise of white nationalism and it implications for the future of American race relations. However, the force and intensity of her arguments will compel them to take the book seriously." William Julius Wilson, Harvard University

"[Swain's] willingness to challenge received opinion and defy the expected categories of our stale identity politics is sorely needed if America is ever to have an open and honest debate about race. Swain's book is an important contribution to such a debate and will be of interest to all those, whatever their policy preferences and whatever their race, who wish to see it take place." The Review of Politics

Book Description

Over the past ten years, a new white nationalist movement has gained strength in America, bringing with it the potential for disrupting already fragile race relations. Eschewing violence, this movement seeks to expand its influence mainly through argument and persuasion directed at its target audience of white Americans aggrieved over racial double standards, race-based affirmative action policies, high black-on-white crime rates, and liberal immigration policies. Swain's study is intended as a wake-up call to all Americans who cherish the Civil Rights Era vision of an integrated America.

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66 of 83 people found the following review helpful By Eric Gartman on August 26, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Black Political Scientist Carol Swain has produced a very important work which not only examines the growth of the new white nationalist movement in America, but also its sources. Swain notes that in the last ten years or so, a new, non-violent type of white nationalism has been growing in America, one that seeks to win people over through logic and argumentation. These groups vary from moderate to radical, but underlying them all is the same message: America is being undermined by minorities and immigrants. Perhaps the most important of these groups is "American Renaissance" led by Jared Taylor. Taylor is highly educated as are most his followers. They are against multiculturalism and seek to change the demographic balance in the country.
But Swain's examination of the various groups and their messages is only the begining. She then examines the three main issues that are fueling the rise of these groups appeal to mainstream white Americans: Immigration, Crime, and Affirmative-Action. Swain argues that current immigration policy is not sensitive to local needs and a discussion on reform is needed. Unfortunately, no such discussion exists at this moment. Similiarly, high black crime rates are a taboo subject which no mainstream politician will discuss, leaving the issue to be framed by the white nationalists who argue that blacks are criminal by nature. Again, the lack of an open discussion is the greatest problem in confronting this issue. Swain offers no solution on how to lower black crime, however. But the fact that she acknowledges black crime rates are indeed higher is a brave break from the past. The third major issue feeding the movement is affirmative action, seen by many whites as discrimination. More than any other issue, it contributes to the appeal of white nationalism.
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86 of 124 people found the following review helpful By PFLA on August 3, 2003
Format: Hardcover
If you are looking for a truthfully unbiased book about the growing nationalism in our country, this is not the book for you. From the opening page the author tries to label the movement and its growth as the rehashed baby boy of the socially unacceptable white supremacy movements of America's recent past. Even though she does admit to the reasons that more and more Americans of European descent are being driven to an ethno- cultural nationalistic way of thinking, she still paints the underlying motivation as pursuit of white supremacy and white dominance mixed with our inherent insecurities and need for control. She informs us that the beliefs all stem from white supremacist plots to trick and coerce common Americans to their way of thinking. Isn't it funny how all sorts of people across the nation are getting similar ideas when they have never even touched base with each other? Quite possibly could it be that some people have grudgingly begun to accept the facts for what they are? The author makes an attempt to win credibility by conceding certain points about racial differences in crime rates, hate crimes, etc, but still refuses to shoulder the responsibilty for her people's actions and lacking social behavior, and she shows a marked inability to understand why other people and other races would care to distance themselves from these things.This book falls back on the old philosophy "if we can label it as racist, then maybe we can curtail it before it even gets started". All I can say is that I am very disappointed in this book. From the reviews I read I expected a completely unbiased book slammed full of interesting facts and truths that we are all so in need of seeing in print. Am I a racist if I wish for my children to grow up in a safe environment?Read more ›
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Carol Swain's perspective on this phenomena is compelling. You would expect that a female African-American academic's take on this topic would be a cookie-cutter, by-the-numbers boatload of bromides and cliches. It's anything but. I'm sure she gets branded as a "race traitor" by the SPLC types.

This is a very thorough overview of white nationalism in the United States today. Who are its current leaders, what are its current themes and preoccupations. It is certainly not sympathetic to WN by any stretch of the imagination but it is an amazingly fair and even-handed assessment of its discourses.
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34 of 52 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 12, 2003
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As an Englishman (a Geordie to be precise) and admirer of America, this book is a welcome discussion of the problem of race in the States, a problem which runs far deeper than in Britain. The simple fact is that the epithet "racist" has become a profoundly effective weapon in propagating the slave morality which Nietzsche so despised. No one suggests that America is "white" because that particular demographic happened to be the most powerful, therefore the most deserving - a self-evident trait. No, instead the missionaries of the underclasses rant and rave about the "fact" that whites "cheated" to become dominant - as if they were possessed of some demonic power. The fact is, I abhor people who have disgust for other races than their own, but i abhor equally the acceptable face of anti-Nordicism. The fact is that whites dominated the earth because of simultaneous developments in their culture around the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries - notably the evolution of capitalism. Whomever suggests that whites overcame undeservedly is clearly jealous of this master morality (cf. the Greeks, the Romans, the French and British Empires, etc) which was also a feature of non-white peoples like the Arabs and the Chinese; and yet they have no reason to be - historical dialecticism is not the goal of humanity, contrary to the assertions of the Hegelian-Marxists.
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From high school dropout and teenage mother to esteemed Vanderbilt University law professor, Carol M. Swain is passionate about empowering others to confidently raise their conservative voices in the public square. Dr. Swain's education and experiences make her a credible and powerful force for change in today's social and political climate where conservatives are intimidated to champion an often-unpopular message.

Carol Swain's own courageous voice for conservative causes is expressed among a variety of popular media. She's a frequent guest on Hannity's: Great American Panel on Fox News and appeared regularly on CNN's Lou Dobbs Tonight.

She has also appeared on BBC Radio, NPR, CNN's AC360 (with Anderson Cooper), Fox News Live, PBS's NewsHour (with Jim Lehrer), C-SPAN's Washington Journal, and ABC's Headline News.

Dr. Swain's published works have achieved many accolades. Her highly acclaimed book, Black Faces, Black Interests: The Representation of African Americans in Congress, has received numerous awards, including:

One of seven Outstanding Academic Books of 1994 by Choice (American Library Association)

Woodrow Wilson Foundation Award in 1994 (sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson Foundation at Princeton University for the best book published on government, politics or international affairs)

D.B. Hardeman Prize for best book focused on U.S. Congress during 1994-1995
V.O. Key Award (co-recipient) for an outstanding book on southern politics

Black Faces was cited by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy in Johnson v. DeGrandy (1994) and by Justice Sandra Day O'Connor in Georgia V. Ashcroft (2003).

Debating Immigration, a collection of 18 essays by Swain and other scholars, explores the nuances of contemporary immigration and citizenship in the U.S. and Europe. She has also written and co-authored books on race relations and white nationalism. She is currently working on a new book titled Broken Vows, Banished Virtues: Reclaiming America's Promise.

Her opinion pieces have been published online at The Huffington Post and in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Times, and USA Today.

A widely recognized expert on race relations, immigration, black leadership and evangelical politics, Carol Swain is a member of the Tennessee Advisory Committee to the U.S. Civil Rights Commission and serves on the advisory board of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Before joining Vanderbilt in 1999, Dr. Swain was a tenured associate professor of politics and public policy at Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. She is a foundation member of the Virginia Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa.

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