Controversial and strikingly original, Race Experts looks at how we capsized racial progress in the quest for self-esteem, and uncovers the hidden trajectory and terms of our thinking about race relations since the 1960s. Elisabeth Lasch-Quinn carefully examines the teachings of self-appointed "experts" and offers a bold and searching analysis of the origins of their ideas in the human potential movement and the radical milieu of the 1960s. This sobering analysis illuminates how far away we are from the issues that deserve our attention.
Elisabeth Lasch-Quinn is the author of Black Neighbors (winner of the Berkshire Prize), professor of history at Syracuse University, and a frequent contributor to The New Republic. She lives in Syracuse, New York with her husband, Ray, and two daughters, Isabel and Honore.
Chapter 1 Acknowledgements Chapter 2 Prologue Chapter 3 The New Racial Etiquette: The Ritual of Racial Reprimand Chapter 4 Radical Chic and the Rise of a Politics of Therapy Chapter 5 The Encounter Group: A New Interracial Mode for Integration Chapter 6 Racial Identity Theory: Groundwork for a Renewal of Suspicion Chapter 7 Revolt against Repression: New Age Therapy from the Fringe to the Mainstream Chapter 8 A World of Endless Slights: Diversity Training and its Illogical Consequences Chapter 9 In Perpetual Recovery: The Problem with Multicultural Education for Self-Esteem Chapter 10 Epilogue Chapter 11 Notes Chapter 12 Credits Chapter 13 Index