The seemingly intractable problem of racial inequality in the United States – despite periods of tremendous progress – is evident in numerous measures of disparity (poverty rates, educational achievement, household net worth, homicide and imprisonment rates, and much more). The question is why racial inequality persists. This episode will explore the causal mechanisms and processes that contribute to socially reproducing and perpetuating the relative position of Blacks in America. It will examine the role of individual and group behavior choices and patterns, on the one hand, and history, circumstance, and social structure, on the other. Are some analytic arguments, and different normative conclusions drawn from them, more persuasive?
Join Joshua Cohen, Francis Fukuyama, Glenn Loury, and Alondra Nelson in conversation with Margaret Levi as they consider these issues and discuss social policy remedies to promote racial equality and the flourishing of Black Americans.
Viewers are strongly encouraged to read Glenn Loury’s essay, "Why does Racial Inequality Persist?"
Margaret Levi, Director, CASBS
Joshua Cohen, Academic faculty, Apple University
Francis Fukuyama, Olivier Nomellini Senior Fellow, Freeman Spogli Institute, Stanford University
Glenn Loury, Merton P. Stoltz Professor of the Social Sciences, Brown University
Alondra Nelson, President, Social Science Research Council
This event is presented by CASBS in partnership with the Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law, Stanford University, and the Social Science Research Council.
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This is episode 9 in CASBS's series "Social Science for a World in Crisis." Explore: https://casbs.stanford.edu/social-science-world-crisis