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California PoliticsDr. Robert Stanley Oden
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California Politics

Shifting Majorities, Emerging Minorities (Revised First Edition)
Edited by Dr. Robert Stanley Oden

Paperback ISBN: 978-1-5165-1064-1, 268 pages


California Politics: Shifting Majorities, Emerging Minorities presents a contemporary view of the political, cultural, and social changes that have occurred in California in the late 20th century and early 21st century. This is a set of writings from distinguished scholars and observers of the California political scene whose analysis of the shifting racial majorities and emerging racial and cultural minorities in state has affected many facets of life.

The issues of immigration, emergence and power of Latino politics, African American, Latino, and Korean American conflicts in the political arena, and the evolution of gay and lesbian politics all bring a unique tapestry of culture and race and ethnicity that was once dominated by an Anglo culture. The new edition features essays that reflect the dynamics of demographic change in California and an introduction that explores the origin and significance of the Black Lives Matter Movement

This anthology will be useful for students seeking careers in teaching in California as well as students seeking to work in the urban communities of the Los Angeles area and the rural areas of the state. This book also offers case studies for political science and sociology students who are interested in the dynamics of race and class concerning historic moments in contemporary California history.

Dr. Robert Stanley Oden is a lifelong community and political activist from his hometown of San Diego and the Oakland/Berkeley communities in California. He is a former Black Panther Party member. After 15 years of working as a management analyst in city government in Berkeley, he earned a Ph.D. from University of California, Santa Cruz in sociology. He is currently a professor at Sacramento State University. Dr. Oden has several published essays including, “Race, Poverty, and Social Justice” (2007), “Hurricane Katrina, Response and Responsibilities” (2005), and “Introduction to Ethnic Studies” (2004). He is the author of From Blacks to Brown and Beyond: The Struggle for Progressive Politics in Oakland, California, 1966-2011 (2012).

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