Public Lecture: Neoliberalism and the Paradox of Persistent Racial Disparity
Monday, March 27, 2017 at 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Wolff Conference Room, Albert and Vera List Academic Center 6 East 16th Street, New York, NY 10003, Room D1103
Neoliberalism and the Paradox of Persistent Racial Disparity
Black Americans with high levels of educational attainment still, paradoxically, exhibit large disparities in economic and health outcomes. The post-racial politics of personal responsibility and tropes of ‘neoliberal paternalism’ discourage public responsibility for the conditions of the poor and black Americans, and, instead, encourage punitive measures to ‘manage’ these communities.
Stratification economics proposes an alternative approach for understanding the paradox above: the added efforts and stigma imposed upon high achieving blacks translates in deleterious economic and health, despite their education attainment. Stigma, and, ironically, individual agency, both impose physical and psychological costs. In the context of racist or stigmatized environment, education and income play only a limited role as protective factors for blacks relative to whites.
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