African Americans in White Suburbia

UPK author Ernest McGowen III’s tremendous 2017 book African Americans in White Suburbia; Social Networks and Political Behavior studies how, despite decades of progress, African Americans living in largely white affluent suburbs still often find themselves caught between the two worlds of race and class. High economic status has afforded them considerable employment opportunities and political resources—but not necessarily neighbors, coworkers, or local candidates or office holders who share or even understand their concerns. How does such an environment affect the political behavior of African Americans who have strong racial identifications and policy preferences?

McGowen recently discussed his book with the New Books Network. The 20+ minute conversation relates McGowen’s work with the modern political environment. Give it a listen.

Ernest B. McGowen III is associate professor of political science, University of Richmond.