The new Black politician Cory Booker, Newark, and post-racial America

Gillespie, Andra

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  • Creator Andra Gillespie
  • Format Books
  • Publication New York : New York University Press, 2012.
  • Physical Details
    • 1 online resource (327 p.)
  • ISBNs 9780814738689, 0814738680, 9780814738696, 0814738699
  • OCLC ocn793193044, ocn793207528


  • In the past five years, a vanguard of young, affluent black leadership has emerged, often clashing with older generations of black leadership for power. The 2002 Newark mayoral race, which featured a contentious battle between the young black challenger Cory Booker and the more established black incumbent Sharpe James, was one of a series of contests in which young, well-educated, moderate black politicians challenged civil rights veterans for power. In The New Black Politician, Andra Gillespie uses Newark as a case study to explain the breakdown of racial unity in black politics, describing h


  • Description based upon print version of record.
  • Includes bibliographical references and index.
  • English


  • pt. 1. The Clash of Two Black Americas -- Black Political Entrepreneurship, 21st Century Style : The Theory of Elite Displacement -- Prelude : The Rise of Cory Booker -- Losing : The 2002 Mayoral Election -- pt. 2. It's Not Easy Being Elite : Governing Challenges in Post Racial Black America -- Winning : The 2006 Election -- Policy Is Politics -- Perception Is Reality : Judging Cory Booker -- The Politics of Perception : Cory Booker in Local and State Affairs -- 2010 : Electoral Politics Revisited -- Joshua, Esther and Uncle Julius : Black Political Entrepreneurs and the Future of Black Politics -- Epilogue -- Appendix A: Methodological Notes -- Appendix B: List of Interviewees
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