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Overview Stating that cultural capital has far more impact than politics, prejudice, or genetics, a study based on more than ten years of research explains why multiculturalism and affirmative action policies are counter-productive. Reprint. $20,000 ad/promo.
Publishers Description Encompassing more than a decade of research around the globe, this book shows that cultural capital has far more impact than politics, prejudice, or genetics on the social and economic fates of minorities, nations, and civilization.
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Studio: Basic Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.26" Width: 5.51" Height: 0.79" Weight: 0.6 lbs.
Release Date Jun 16, 1995
Publisher Basic Books
ISBN 0465067972 ISBN13 9780465067978
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More About Thomas Sowell
Thomas Sowell is the Rose and Milton Friedman Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, and has taught economics at Cornell, UCLA, Amherst, and other academic institutions. He is the author of Intellectuals and Society, Dismantling America, Economic Facts and Fallacies, and the classic Basic Economics, which has been translated into six languages. Sowell has published in both academic journals and in such popular media as the Wall Street Journal, Forbes magazine, and Fortune, and he writes a syndicated column that appears in newspapers across the country. He lives in Stanford, California.
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"Facts are the foundation of history, but..." Jan 12, 2007
Thomas Sowell delves deep into the subject of race and culture in his book appropriately titled RACE AND CULTURE: A WORLD VIEW. From a historical point of view, Sowell examines how the subject of race may easily be misconceived and misunderstood when the discussion of the subject does not include culture, politics, economics and social factors. Sowell stresses global and historical facts of importance to emphasize that race and culture is linked from one society to the next in order to understand the complexities and controversies, which have involved slavery and migration, and other issues associated with the subject.
Indeed, Sowell examines race and culture from a broad perspective. His research took twenty years to undertake as well as journeys made around the world, and attempts to pinpoint the most significant histories that have involved how race and culture has had an affect on the advancement of civilization, or as he refers "Human capital," which includes an international tint. The most interesting aspect of Sowell's study is that he provides parallels from various peoples and geographical locations that interconnect. For example, the Ottoman Empire was of great importance when it came to discussing ethnic conflict, conquest, and consequences that have occurred in history. Somewhat disappointing, Sowell provides minimal discussion of Native Americans when he speaks about American society in relation to race and culture, and possibly what might have been helpful is if he included more discussion of this area of study in the concluding chapter, Race and History.
Otherwise, RACE AND CULTURE is an academically charged study. Besides its historical significance, the book also provides contemporary references within an intellectual environment. This is a recommendable book, which will definitely exercise and feed one's mind when understanding race and culture.
Amazing Dec 1, 2006
That one person could amass such a breadth of information and so much solid thinking on this subject--spanning geographies and time--as Stowell has did for this book, is astonishing. I cannot recommend it highly enough. When I read the book (some years ago), I did not know that Stowell is black, and was shocked when I later learned this. His lack of bias is as impressive as his command of the subject.
Against my grain, but... Aug 21, 2006
Though I'm still a committed liberal, I find Sowell to be a brilliant and important social theorist. There is something to learn on every page, especially about the idea of cultural capital. He is quite convincing on all points but one crucial one: if government action is always so counterproductive and markets so rational, why are there so many who presumably "benefitted" from dog eat dog competition so eager to offer ameliorative government remedies? Still, this is an amazing book, damn it.
This is the first sowell book I ever saw... Jul 18, 2006
This is the first Sowell book I ever saw and when I saw it about ten years ago in the African American section of the bookstore, I thought it was going to be racist. Then I got proven wrong when I peered inside one of his other books years later... this year.
This book isn't racist because it argues intelligently about the state of race relations instead of using emotion as a thumbscrew.
Makes the case for culture Jun 16, 2006
Thomas Sowell more than succeeds in making the case for culture. Some examples of culture overcoming the limits of geography and even external oppression include the following:
(1) The widespread loss of technology in Europe in goods such as cloth, iron and construction techniques that occurred after the fall of the Roman Empire. It took about 1000 years for Europe to catch back up.
(2) The success of middleman minorities, which includes the Jews almost everywhere, Koreans in the United States, Gujaratis and Chettyars in India, Lebanese, and Armenians. Their successes collectively show that there are entrepreneurial opportunities that are neglected by the majority ethnic groups which they serve (Sowell does not argue that this is genetic, rather that different ethnicities have different cultures)
(3) Encapsulated minorities such as the Amish in America or the Black Sea Germans in Russia, cultures that form their own isolated enclave and then have different degrees of success or failure than the surrounding groups, despite sharing geography. Surely geography is not destiny for the Amish!
(4) Different cultures have different degree of receptivity to innovations. For example, Christian missionaries also spread education, and they had more luck with animist cultures than they did with Islamic and Buddhist cultures. Since the missionaries also spread education, being receptive to missionaries ushered in improved success in the economic realm. A different example occurs in Great Britain. The Scots embraced England's superior education whereas Wales and Ireland largely rejected English ways, including education. This led to Scottish advances upon English traditions (see also: David Hume and James Watts), while Wales and Ireland languished.
The weakness of this book is that is fairly long and fairly dry. I would recommend the much shorter book Civil Rights: Rhetoric or Reality for most readers. It makes many of the same points about the importance of culture.