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The Other Side of Racism Hardcover – February, 1981

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 355 pages
  • Publisher: Ohio State Univ Pr (Trd) (February 1981)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0814203183
  • ISBN-13: 978-0814203187
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.2 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,333,893 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Steven H Propp TOP 100 REVIEWER on January 25, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Anne Wortham is Associate Professor of Sociology at Illinois State University and Visiting Scholar at Stanford University's Hoover Institution. She formerly taught at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government.

She writes in the Preface to this 1981 book, "I shall demonstrate first that race consciousness is not inherited but a set of attitudes, values, ideas, and behavior chosen by individuals; second, that it is a problem of self-esteem in general and an expression of social metaphysics in particular; and third, that when expressed in sociopolitical activities, it interferes with the human rights and liberty that are the prerequisites for harmonious and beneficial relations between individuals and groups in a multiethnic society."

Here are some quotations from the book:

"(The book's) basic thrust is derived from the principles of idividualism defined in Ayn Rand's philosophy of Objectivism and the principles of self-esteem and individuality defined in Nathaniel Branden's biocentric theories of human psychology." (Pg. xii)
"Finally, a point central to the focus of this study should be reiterated. Ethno-race consciousness is not just a composite of feelings, attitudes, and evasions about one's own or another ethno-racial group. At its very core, ethno-race consciousness is flagrantly anti-individual and is motivated by a deep-seated fear of man's individuality. It is a flight from the reality of one's own consciousness." (Pg. 15)
"The social context may imply what significance a given ethnic or cultural attribute should have, but the final judgment must be derived from the individual's psychointellectual context and value preferences...
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