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A Core Race & Ethnicity text that covers 6 main topics: Theories & Concepts in Race & Ethnicity Prejudice Discrimination Immigration in the U.S. Religion U.S. & its diverse population This concise topical introduction to race and ethnicity in the U.S. explores prejudice, discrimination, immigration, ethnicity, and religion in their historical and current contexts. Based on the opening chapters of the best-sellingRacial and Ethnic Groups, this new edition covers the major topics that anchor courses in multiculturalism, diversity, and race and ethnic relations.
Richard T. Schaefer grew up in Chicago at a time when neighborhoods were going through transitions in ethnic and racial composition. He found himself increasingly intrigued by what was happening, how people were reacting, and how these changes were affecting neighborhoods and people’s jobs. In high school, he took a course in sociology. His interest in social issues caused him to gravitate to more sociology courses at Northwestern University, where he eventually received a B.A. in sociology.
“Originally as an undergraduate I thought I would go on to law school and become a lawyer. But after taking a few sociology courses, I found myself wanting to learn more about what sociologists studied and was fascinated by the kinds of questions they raised,” Dr. Schaefer says. “Perhaps the most fascinating and, to me, relevant to the 1960s was the intersection of race, gender, and social class.” This interest led him to obtain his M.A. and Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Chicago. Dr. Schaefer’s continuing interest in race relations led him to write his master’s thesis on the membership of the Ku Klux Klan and his doctoral thesis on racial prejudice and race relations in Great Britain.
Dr. Schaefer went on to become a professor of sociology. He has taught sociology and courses on multiculturalism for thirty years. He has been invited to give special presentations to students and faculty on racial and ethnic diversity in Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, and Texas.
Dr. Schaefer is the author of Racial and Ethnic Groups , twelfth edition census update (Pearson Prentice Hall, 2011). Dr. Schaefer is the General Editorgeneral editor of the three-volume Encyclopedia of Race, Ethnicity, and Society (2008). He is also the author of the twelfth edition of Sociology (2010), the eighth edition of Sociology: A Brief Introduction (2009), and the fourth edition of Sociology Matters (2008). Schaefer co-authored with William Zellner the eighth edition of Extraordinary Groups (2008). His articles and book reviews have appeared in many journals, including American Journal of Sociology, Phylon: A Review of Race and Culture, Contemporary Sociology, Sociology and Social Research, Sociological Quarterly, and Teaching Sociology. He served as president of the Midwest Sociological Society from 1994 to 1995. In recognition of his achievements in undergraduate teaching, he was named Vincent de Paul Professor of Sociology in 2004.
Table of Contents
About the Author
Exploring Race and Ethnicity
What Is a Subordinate Group?
Types of Subordinate Groups
Listen to Our Voices: Problem of the Color Line
Other Subordinate Groups
Does Race Matter?
Social Construction of Race
Sociology and the Study of Race and Ethnicity
Stratification by Class and Gender
The Creation of Subordinate-Group Status
The Consequences of Subordinate-Group Status
The Pluralist Perspective
Biracial and Multiracial Identity: Who Am I?
Research Focus: Measuring Multiracial Identity
Matrix of Domination: Minority Women
Resistance and Change
Prejudice and Discrimination
Theories of Prejudice
Authoritarian Personality Theory
What Are Stereotypes?
Power of Stereotypes
Listen to Our Voices: National Media Should Stop Using Obscene Words
Stereotyping in Action: Racial Profiling
The Mood of the Oppressed
Research Focus: How Real Is Reality Television?
Avoidance versus Friendship
Corporate Response: Diversity Training
Ways to Fight Hate
Relative versus Absolute Deprivation
Research Focus: Discrimination in Job Seeking
Continuing Wage Gap
Wealth Inequality: Discrimination's Legacy
Listen to Our Voices: Of Race and Risk
Affirmative Action Explained
The Legal Debate
The Glass Ceiling
Immigration: A Global Phenomenon
Patterns of Immigration to the United States
Today's Foreign-Born Population
The Anti-Chinese Movement
Restrictionist Sentiment Increases
The National Origin System
The 1965 Immigration and Nationality Act
Contemporary Social Concerns
The Brain Drain
Path to Citizenship: Naturalization
The Economic Impact of Immigration
Listen to Our Voices: The Next Americans
Women and Immigration
Research Focus: Assimilation May be Hazardous to Your Health
The Global Economy and Immigration
The Environment and Immigration
Ethnicity and Religion
Listen to Our Voices: I was Born in Tirana
Why Don't We Study Whiteness?
The Rediscovery of Ethnicity
The Third-Generation Principle
The German Americans
Twentieth-Century German America
The Irish Americans
The Contemporary Picture
The Italian Americans
Research Focus: Immigrants: Yesterday and Today
The Contemporary Picture
The Polish Americans
The Contemporary Picture
Diversity among Roman Catholics
Diversity among Protestants
Religion and the Courts
Limits of Religious Freedom: The Amish
The Amish Way of Life
The Amish and Larger Society
The Nation as a Kaleidoscope
The Glass Half Empty
Is There a Model Minority?
Listen to Our Voices: From Kawasaki to Chicago
Acting White, Acting Black, or Neither
Persistence of Inequality
Talking Past One Another
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