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The Contours of Black Public Opinion

Fredrick C. Harris

in The Oxford Handbook of American Public Opinion and the Media

Published in print May 2011 | ISBN: 9780199545636
Published online September 2011 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199545636.003.0030

Series: Oxford Handbooks of American Politics

The Contours of Black Public Opinion

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This chapter analyzes black public opinion, starting with a review of the genealogy of its study, which, it shows, developed from scholarly and popular studies during the 1960s and 1970s. It then studies the trends in black and white partisanship and political ideology, before focusing on the nature of black political beliefs in black public opinion. The chapter also takes a look at the debates on the interpretation of the role of black nationalism in black opinion. It ends with a discussion on the emerging variability of black identity after Barack Obama's election as president of the United States and explains how this may change one's understanding of the role of linked fate in black political behaviour.

Keywords: black public opinion; partisanship; political ideology; black political beliefs; black nationalism; black identity; linked fate; black political behaviour

Article.  8246 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; US Politics ; Political Behaviour

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