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
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.
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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