The Urban Plantation is a stinging critique of the Black American condition in the Post-Civil Rights era. In his latest book, eminent black sociologist Robert Staples, author of Black Masculinity, argues that blacks in the United States constitute an internal colony. Dr Staples' theoretical model for analyzing black life in the U.S. is based on over 20 tears research and study.
The Urban Plantation, Dr. Staples maintains, is an extension and refinement of antebellum plantation life. In this context, he examines the Pan-Africanist model and discusses his own emerging Theory of the Fourth World. Institutional racism in higher education, the criminal justice system, and the mass media; neo-colonialism in the black community as it impacts on the family and political structures; and the plight of blacks in urban locales are all subjected to Dr. Staples probing scrutiny.
Powerfully documenting white supremacy and black subordination in the U.S. social structure, the Urban Plantation offers a grim sobering and provocative view of race relations in the U.S. today.
Robert Staples, Ph.D., is Professor of Sociology at the University of California, San Francisco. He is the author of eight previous books, among them Black Masculinity: The Black Males Role in American Society (Black Scholar Press), Introduction to Black Sociology, The Black Woman in America, The Black Family; Essays and Studies, and The World of Black Singles. His more than 160 published articles have appeared in such publications as The Journal of Marriage and the Family, The Journal of Social Issues, The Western Journal of Black Studies, The Black Scholar, Ebony and others. Born in Roanoke, Virginia, Robert Staples received his B.A. degree from California State University, Northridge, M.A. degree from San Jose State University and Ph. D. from the University of Minnesota.