Review of Elizabeth Anderson's Imperative of Integration [Book Review]

Theory and Research in Education 11 (1):101-106 (2013)
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Notwithstanding some merits of Anderson's celebrated book, in this review essay I argue why she is wrong about integration being a proxy for justice. I offer a number of criticisms, not least of which her cherry picking the empirical evidence in order to make her argument; the absence of social class in her analysis of racial inequality, and thus her unhelpful homogenizing of 'black America'; and finally her perhaps unintentional, yet nevertheless very real and problematic, denigration of black space.

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Michael Merry
University of Amsterdam


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