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Race and Social Problems

Race and Social Problems

Editor-in-Chief: Gary F. Koeske

ISSN: 1867-1748 (print version)
ISSN: 1867-1756 (electronic version)

Journal no. 12552

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Virtual Issue: Race and Social Problems 10 Year Anniversary

It is with great pride that we present this 10th year anniversary virtual issue of Race and Social Problems. Each of the 10 articles selected for this issue was the most cited article in the year it was published. We began this journal a decade ago when many believed that America had entered into a post-racial era. Unfortunately, this clearly was not the case. Instead few, if any, of us can recall a period in America when racial violence, antagonism, conflict, and divisiveness have been more pronounced. Hence it is evident that a journal that addresses race-related issues is needed now more than ever.
While it is true that we have much to be proud of, we also have many to whom we owe a great deal of gratitude. First, I want to thank our publisher, Springer, for having the courage to support a journal with ‘race’ as the first word in its title followed by the words ‘social problems’. In 2008 many publishers would have rejected such a hot button title. Springer did not. Working with Springer has for us consistently been a good experience. In particular, Jennifer Hadley, Editor of the Social and Behavioral Sciences, has always been responsive and thoughtful in her interactions with us. Secondly, I want to thank our subscribers for their consistent support of the journal. Of course, there would be no journal were it not for the many scholars who have written (and sometimes rewritten) solid scholarly pieces. Their high caliber contributions are the foundation of the journal.
I also want to thank our editorial board members, as well as many others who have reviewed hundreds of submitted manuscripts. I profusely thank them for their time and effort. Finally, I want to offer a personal note of gratitude to my colleague and friend Dr. Gary Koeske. He took on a herculean task of editing a startup journal, which was given little chance of success. However, in his role as Editor-in-Chief of the journal, he has done a marvelous job of working hard to make this journal one of the top race-focused publications in the country.
It was our sincerest hope that this journal would serve to focus greater attention on race-related social problems and thereby assist in the amelioration of them. Of course, there is no way of knowing if the journal has been even remotely successful in contributing to a better society. Still we remain committed to these scholarly endeavors hoping to make America (and perhaps the world too) more equitable and just.
Let us hope that the 20th anniversary issue of this journal will reflect a more insightful, harmonious and just society.
Larry E. Davis, Ph.D.
Founder and Chairman, Editorial Board

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    Race and Social Problems (RASP) provides a multidisciplinary forum for the publication of articles and discussion of issues germane to race and its enduring relationship to socioeconomic, psychological, political, and cultural problems. The journal publishes original empirical studies, reviews of past research, theoretical studies, and invited essays that advance the understanding of the complexities of race and its relationship to social problems.  Submissions from the fields of social work, anthropology, communications, criminology, economics, history, law, political science, psychology, public health, and sociology are welcome.

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