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  • Ernst Book Focuses on Welfare Rights and Racism

    December 21, 2010

    Political Science  Professor Rose Ernst  has recently published The Price of Progressive Politics: The Welfare Rights Movement in an Era of Colorblind Racism , which exposes the realities of social justice organizing for welfare rights. Through the voices of women activists in the welfare rights movement across the United States, Ernst reveals how the language of colorblind racism undermines this multiracial movement.

    Published by NYU Press, The Price of Progressive Politics  offers vibrant stories of welfare rights activists from around the country which reveal the volatile issues of race and class that underlie the deep complexities and contradictions of grassroots organizing and the tensions that are often heightened by the language of color-blind racism. Ernst argues that organizations that fail to develop a consciousness that reflects the reality of multiple marginalized identities ultimately reproduce the societal dynamics they seek to change.

    Ernst, who received her Ph.D. from the University of Washington, has been on the faculty of the College of Arts and Sciences since 2007. She teaches courses in American politics, race, gender, class and sexuality, urban politics, and social movements. The Price of Progressive Politics is her first book.

     Political Science is one of 33 undergraduate and 7 advanced degrees  offered by the College of Arts Sciences .

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