It does, however, seem a bit disingenuous to suggest that race and culture can be put aside; there is way too much history there.
In fact, I think the author may not be very qualified to present a proposed solution, having neither economic expertise nor experience working with the poor.
Walter Benn Michaels makes the rather simplistic argument that the problem of inequity is simply "exploitation," it is all economic class.
Good read, this book challenges conventional beliefs about racism in America. Michaels makes the argument that race is arbitrary. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Ange
Michaels skewers the excesses of identity politics, saying that economics comes first. As a friend of mine said: “I did not need people's respect or sympathy when I was on the... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Dick_Burkhart
I don't know what it's worth to review a book so long after its publication. Basically it's a hipster deconstructivist neo-Marxist attempt at revealing false consciousness about... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Peter Cohee
Michaels' thesis is that racism was socially constructed in order to obscure the effects of classism. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Maia Burns
The corruptions of neoliberalism and globalization and growing economic inequality in the US became evident during the eighties under Reagan. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Richard Nash Creel
very good condition, loved it., needed it and the price was nice, could not ask for more. Will buy againPublished on December 21, 2012 by Moziah
In his book, Literature professor Walter Benn Michaels argues that "our" attention to diversity masks the greater problem of economic equity. Read morePublished on February 23, 2012 by KGB
The title really made some eyeballs pop out at work, but I found it an interesting read with some well thought out points.Published on December 1, 2010 by PipeFighter