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  • Date Published: March 2019
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  • Racial and Ethnic Politics in American Suburbs examines racial and ethnic politics outside traditional urban contexts and questions the standard theories we use to understand mobility and government responses to rapid demographic change and political demands. This study moves beyond traditional scholarship in urban politics, departing from the persistent treatment of racial dynamics in terms of a simple black-white binary. Combining an interdisciplinary, multi-method, and multiracial approach with a well-integrated analysis of multiple forms of data including focus groups, in-depth interviews, and census data, Racial and Ethnic Politics in American Suburbs explains how redistributive policies and programs are developed and implemented at the local level to assist immigrants, racial/ethnic minorities, and low-income groups - something that given earlier knowledge and theorizing should rarely happen. Lorrie Frasure-Yokley relies on the framework of suburban institutional interdependency (SII), which presents a new way of thinking systematically about local politics within the context of suburban political institutions in the United States today.

    • Written in clear, crisp and accessible language, this book will appeal to researchers and graduate and undergraduate students, as well as local government and community leaders
    • Extends the lens of race, ethnicity and politics research beyond the study of central cities versus suburban localities
    • Uses an interdisciplinary, multi-method and multi-racial approach, along with a well-integrated analysis of multiple forms of data at different levels of analysis, including focus groups, in-depth interviews and survey data
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    • Winner, 2016 Dennis Judd Best Book Award, Urban and Local Politics Section, American Political Science Association

    Reviews & endorsements

    "Racial and Ethnic Politics in American Suburbs represents a fresh, thoughtful, and groundbreaking study of politics in the United States. I am impressed with Lorrie Frasure-Yokley's sophisticated and thorough use of multiple methods, including analysis of systematic demographic data, focus groups, and in-depth interviews with elites. In fact, the research is of the highest quality, forcing one to rethink assumptions about the link between diversity and place, how marginalized communities achieve representation, and the nature of urban politics."
    Janelle Wong, University of Maryland

    "Racial and Ethnic Politics in American Suburbs addresses some of the most significant questions about the current state and the future trajectory of metropolitan-level politics in the midst of increasing racial and ethnic diversity in the United States. The book captures one's attention not only for the importance of the questions at stake, but because of the originality of Lorrie Frasure-Yokley's perspective, the high quality of the research design, the well-integrated analysis of multiple forms of data at different levels of analysis, and the quality of the writing."
    Jane Junn, University of Southern California

    "This exciting exploration of politics on the new American frontier shows that the growth of minority immigrants and non-white migrants has occurred outside of central cities, in American suburbia where majorities of Asian and Latino immigrants and Blacks native to the United States now live. Locating her analysis in Montgomery County and Prince George's County, Maryland, and Fairfax County, Virginia, Lorrie Frasure-Yokley draws on policy interests significant to increasingly multiracial, linguistically and economically diverse suburban populations. Focus groups conducted in Farsi, Mandarin Chinese, Spanish, Korean, and English address education, day laborer, and language access policies in suburban Washington communities. Frasure-Yokley offers a complex analysis and critique of regime and public choice theorists and shows that changes in these increasingly heterogeneous suburban jurisdictions push them in directions counter to the theoretical literature."
    Dianne Pinderhughes, University of Notre Dame

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    Product details

    • Date Published: March 2019
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9781316455548
    • contains: 5 b/w illus. 5 tables
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    1. Race, ethnicity, class, and the suburban political economy dilemma
    2. New neighbors in suburban Washington, DC: immigrant and ethnic minority settlement surrounding the nation's capital
    3. Educating immigrant, minority, and low-income students in suburbia
    4. The politics of institutionalizing day labor centers in suburbia
    5. Lost in translation: language access at government agencies in suburbia

  • Author

    Lorrie Frasure-Yokley, University of California, Los Angeles
    Lorrie Frasure-Yokley is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Los Angeles. Some of her recent work appears in Urban Affairs Review and the National Political Science Review. She is the Co-Principle Investigator of the Collaborative Multi-Racial Post-Election Study (CMPS) 2008 and 2012, the first multi-state, multi-racial, multi-lingual post election study of racial and political preferences and behavior among registered voters in the United States. She is the recipient of several local and national awards, including the Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship from the National Research Council of the National Academies, and the Clarence Stone Young Scholar Award of the American Political Science Association's Urban Politics Section.


    • Winner, 2016 Dennis Judd Best Book Award, Urban and Local Politics Section, American Political Science Association
    • Winner, 2016 Best Book Award, Race, Ethnicity and Politics Section, American Political Science Association

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