Agenda-setting and Decision-making of African American County Officials: The Case of Wilcox County,Alabama (Studies in Political Science v. 17)

Agenda-setting and Decision-making of African American County Officials: The Case of Wilcox County,Alabama (Studies in Political Science v. 17)

By: Terri Jettt (author)Hardback

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This case study provides insight regarding the manner in which African American county officials, most distinctly in rural communities that have predominant black population, set their political agenda and make decisions. It is unique in that the author, because of her work in the community and extensive fact-to-face interviews conducted is able to present the voice of the African American county officials. Additionally, the study examines the traditional models of black political thought that have informed the agendas of most African American leaders in this country. It brings to light the extreme barriers that the officials are up against to improve the lives of blacks in the rural southern community.

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Dr. Terri Jett is an Assistant Professor at Butler University in Indianapolis, IN. She has a BA in Ethnic Studies with an option in African American Studies and a Masters in Public Administration with a specialty in Public Policy and Program Evaluation from California State University, Hayward. Dr. Jett received her PhD in Public Policy and Public Administration from Auburn University in Alabama.


Preface; 1. The Civil Rights Movement: The Difficulty of Transforming Political Victory into Socioeconomic Change (The Civil Rights Revolution - Political Victory, Economic Malaise; Traditional Tenets of Black Political Thought; Racially Distinctive Political and Educational Communities); 2. An Overview of Wilcox County (Underdevelopment of Wilcox County and the 'Black Belt'; Barriers from a Legacy of Racial Polarization; Growing Tradition of Progressive Efforts; Current Political Leadership Status); 3. Problems and Stagnation in the Alabama Black Belt (Issue of Rurality; Socioeconomic Disparities between Blacks and Whites in the Rural South; Racial Discord and the 1960s Civil Rights Movement); 4. The Debate over Strategies for African American Advancement between Booker T. Washington and W. E. B. DuBois (African American Ideologies and the Debate; The Old "New Negro"; Booker T. Washington; W. E. B. DuBois; Building on the Tradition); 5. Methodology; 6. The World of African American Officials in Wilcox County (Community and the Civil Rights Revolution; Using Political Power to Meet the Challenge of Social and Economic Development; Groping toward a Strategy and Decision-making Style in the More Complex Environment; Casting the Results in the Framework of the Tradition); 7. Conclusion: Struggling to Effect Real Change (Proposed Policy Agenda for African Americans in Wilcox County); Appendix A.: Description of the Officials: County Commissioners; Law Enforcement-Related Positions; Appendix B: Interview Structure; Bibliography; Index

Product Details

  • publication date: 30/06/2004
  • ISBN13: 9780773464803
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 162
  • ID: 9780773464803
  • ISBN10: 0773464808

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