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Richard L. Zweigenhaft is Charles A. Dana Professor of Psychology at Guilford College. He is the co-editor of Collaboration in Psychological Science.
G. William Domhoff is Distinguished Professor Emeritus and Research Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He is the author of a number of books, including Who Rules America?
Over the past three decades, the authors have written a series of books together, including Blacks in the White Elite and The New CEOs.
Chapter1. The Ironies and Unfulfilled Promises of Diversity
Chapter 2. Jews in the Power Elite
Chapter 3. Women in the Power Elite
Chapter 4. Blacks in the Power Elite
Chapter 5. Latinos in the Power Elite
Chapter 6. Asian Americans and South Asians in the Power Elite
Chapter 7. LGBT People in the Power Elite
Chapter 8. The Ironies of Diversity
This is the third edition of Diversity in the Power Elite, and each edition bears its own subtitle (1st ed., subtitled Have Women and Minorities Reached the Top?, CH, Jul'98, 35-6547; 2nd ed., How It Happened, Why It Matters, CH, Apr'07, 44-4767). The subtitle of the present edition signifies Zweigenhaft and Domhoff 's shift in emphasis, with a series of chapters describing the modest increase in diversity in the power elite. . . chapters on Jews, women, blacks, Latinos, Asians, and LGBT people form the core of the book. The most interesting chapter is the last one, "The Ironies of Diversity." The authors argue that the central irony is that the diversity achieved "reinforces the unchanging nature of the class structure and increases the tendency to ignore class inequalities." Another featured irony is the "improbable partnership" between African American leaders and Republican leaders to redistrict southern states into a few majority African American congressional districts and mostly predominately white districts with Republican majorities. To understand the limited gains in diversity, one must understand that class, education, and skin color are crucial, as is the ability to conform to the white Christian male culture that still dominates the upper echelon of US society.
Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates.
— Choice Reviews
Diversity in the Power Elite is a stunning book, one that deeply explores the rhetoric of equality in American life and its stark realities among the political, economic, and military elite. It comprehensively studies how Affirmative Action policies did little to shrink social divides based on race, ethnicity, gender, sexual identity, and class. Using extensive and up-to-date data, Zweigenhaft & Domhoff show us that inherited wealth and its privileges still reign supreme among those who wield power in contemporary America.
— Ramón A. Gutiérrez, Preston and Sterling Morton Distinguished Service Professor, University of Chicago
Zweigenhaft and Domhoff’s new edition is essential reading for scholars and students of diversity and inequality in America. The book reveals a historically grounded and nuanced analysis of the changing membership in America’s power elite. While elites are more diverse than in the past, demographic change has stalled and does not represent a re-writing of the rules of the class game. Narrow class interests continue to shape the perspectives of those who hold power in America.
— Christy M. Glass, Professor of Sociology, Utah State University
As American society becomes increasingly diverse and approaches the demographic crossover to a majority-minority society, it becomes ever more crucial to understand the impact of diversity on higher tiers of the economy and polity. Zweigenhaft and Domhoff’s Diversity in the Power Elite is a profound contribution to our knowledge and will radically revise the assumptions of many Americans, because it shows diversity at the top occurs in tandem with thorough-going assimilation of the socially ascendant to the worldviews of the already established.
— Richard Alba, Distinguished Professor of Sociology, The Graduate Center, CUNY
Provocative—raises critical questions about the power elite, their role in society, and the limits of diversity today
Comprehensive—draws on decades of research to look at factors that influence power in the U.S.
Current—filled with new examples of leaders, including Tim Cook (the CEO of Apple) and Hillary Clinton (former secretary of state and presidential candidate)