An Impossible Dream?
Racial Integration in the United States
Sharon A. Stanley
Reviews and Awards
"An Impossible Dream is a well-written book that provides the most thorough examination of racial integration that this reviewer has ever read. The book would be a great addition to classes on racial/ethnic politics, US political thought, and courses exploring the Civil Rights Movement. Highly recommended." - CHOICE
"Stanley argues that while real integration would surely involve 'mutual transformation' among black and white Americans, the obligation for black Americans to pursue integration is dependent upon white Americans acknowledging and relinquishing their white privilege, and that obligation on the part of white Americans is not similarly dependent. This moral asymmetry is the theoretical backbone of the book, and demands the attention of not only political theorists, but ethical theorists as well, who often neglect the situational and political contexts that shape moral obligation." - Contemporary Political Theory
""Sharon A. Stanley's bookAn Impossible Dream? Racial Integration in the United Statesis an exceptional intervention to a dynamic field of scholarship...[It] thoughtfully puts into question liberal and conservative approaches to integration and redirects the debate in ways that reverse expectations regarding the connection between justice and integration...The book deftly engages the scholarly literature on integration alongside radical critiques of the same by the black power movement in order to put forward a complex, radical, and realistic model of integration." - Ines Valdez,Political Theory"