Akenfield: Portrait of an English Village by Ronald Blythe

By Ronald Blythe

Woven from the phrases of the population of a small Suffolk village within the Sixties, Akenfield is a masterpiece of twentieth-century English literature, a scrupulously saw and deeply affecting portrait of a spot and folks and a now vanished lifestyle. Ronald Blythe’s fantastic booklet increases enduring questions on the family members among reminiscence and modernity, nature and human nature, silence and speech.

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A few highly visible social scientists such as Charles Murray, Arthur Jensen, Pierre van den Berghe, and Edward O. Wilson still conceive of race as a biological or primordial category. However, they are in a minority and are severely criticized by most people in academia. 52. For an example of this view, see Yehudi O. Webster, The Racialization of America (New York: St. Martin’s, 1992). However, this view is much more extensive and has been publicly stated by radical scholars such as Todd Gitlin.

119–50 (Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 1991); Paul M. Sniderman and Edward G. : Harvard University Press, 1997). See also AntiDefamation League, Highlights from the Anti-Defamation League Survey on Racial Attitudes in America (New York: Anti-Defamation League, 1993). 27. Paul B. Sheatsley, ‘‘White Attitudes toward the Negro,’’ in The Negro Ameri- 20 Chapter 1 can, edited by Talcott Parsons and Kenneth B. Clark, 303–24 (Boston: Beacon, 1966), 323. 28. Glenn Firebaugh and Kenneth E. Davis, ‘‘Trends in Antiblack Prejudice, 1972–1984: Region and Cohort Effects,’’ American Journal of Sociology 94 (1988): 251–72; Paul M.

For instance, a recent nationwide survey found that 66 percent of whites thought the disadvantaged status of blacks in America was due to blacks’ welfare dependency and 63 percent thought blacks lacked the motivation to improve their socioeconomic status. Tom W. Smith, ‘‘Intergroup Relations in Contemporary America,’’ in Intergroup Relations in the United States: Research Perspectives, edited by Wayne Winborne and Renae Cohen, 69–106 (New York: National Conference for Community and Justice, 2000).

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