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UGRD > ECON > 343

The Political Economy of Black America

This course studies the economic, political and sociological status of African-Americans and competing explanations for the persistence of differences in unemployment, income, wealth and poverty between African-Americans and white Americans. Explanations explored include scientific explanations that are biological and sociological in origin; popular explanations derived from responses to national opinion polls on white and black racial attitudes and cultural practices; and race-biased explanations drawn from evidence proffered by heterodox analysts of the existence and persistence of pervasive racial discrimination in economic, political and social life.

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