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Debating Diversity: Clashing Perspectives on Race and Ethnicity in America

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In the nineteenth century Herman Melville wrote, "America was settled by peoples of all nations....You cannot spill a drop of American blood without spilling the blood of the whole world. We are not a narrow tribe." At the beginning of the twenty-first century, America is more ethnically diverse than ever before. Will we fear this expanding diversity as the disuniting of America, or will we embrace a more inclusive re-definition of our national identity?

As the nation's preeminent scholar of multicultural studies, Ronald Takaki invites us to address this question by "debating diversity." The overarching theme of his new anthology is the clash of perspectives over the master narrative of American history--the powerful but mistaken story that this country was settled by European immigrants and that Americans are white.

The collection opens with the lively intellectual exchange between Nathan Glazer and Ronald Takaki on ethnicity versus race; it then turns to the contrasting interpretations of the frontier by Frederick Jackson Turner and Takaki. Other debates include: Samuel P. Huntington and Elizabeth Martínez on the diversity of civilizations; Irving Kristol and William Julius Wilson on inner-city blacks; Robert J. Samuelson and Gregory Defreitas on Mexican immigration; Governor Pete Wilson and Chancellor Chang-lin Tien on affirmative action; and James Q. Wilson and Elliott Currie on crime and punishment. The anthology closes with a debate between Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., and Takaki on whether we as Americans should pursue a vision of our society as a melting pot or as a multicultural democracy. Embedded in all of the essays is the question: "Originating from different shores, can we become one people of the United States of America?" An ideal text for diversity courses in Ethnic Studies, Political Science, American Studies, History, Sociology, Anthropology, and Education, Debating Diversity will stir students to think critically about who we have been and who we are as Americans.

Synopsis:

From Different Shores presents essays written by neo-conservative, liberal, and leftist scholars on race and ethnicity in America. Among these scholars are: Nathan Glazer, Ron Takaki, Thomas Sowell, Robert Blauner, William Julius Wilson, and Charles Murray. The essays are organized in a debate format in order to delineate sharply the different ways scholars approach and understand inequality in our society. The opening two essays immediately usher the reader into the "contested terrain" of perspectives--Glazer's "The Emergence of an American Ethnic Pattern" and Takaki's "Reflections on Racial Patterns in America." The book ends with an exchange on why the poor and minorities have been recently "losing ground."

Table of Contents

The Twenty-first Century: We Will All Be Minorities

I. Patterns: Ethnicity versus Race

The Emergence of an American Ethnic Pattern, Nathan Glazer

Reflections on Racial Patterns in America, Ronald Takaki

II. National Identity: The Master Narrative of American History and Its Discontents

The Significance of the Frontier in American History, Frederick Jackson Turner

The Significance of the Frontier in Native American History, Ronald Takaki

The Clash of Civilizations: In the World and the U.S., Samuel P. Huntington

Reinventing "America": Call for a New National Identity, Elizabeth Martínez

III. Class: Below the Deck of the Pequod

Origins of the Southern Labor System, Oscar and Mary F. Handlin

Why the Switch to Slavery: Fears of Rebellious White Workers, Ronald Takaki

The Paradoxical Tragedy of White and Black Laborers in the South, W.E.B. DuBois

Organize Labor and Civil Rights, Harvard Sitkoff

Racial Domination and Class Conflict in Capitalist Agriculture: The Oxnard Sugar Beet Workers' Strike of 1903, Tomás Almaguer

Immigrants and Workfare Workers, Grace Chang

IV. Diversities Within: Gender and Other Differences

A Bridge to College for Jewish Sons: Daughters in the Sweatshops, Susan A. Glenn

Double Discrimination for Puerto Rican Women, Lourdes Miranda King

Race, Class, and Gender: Prospects for an All-Inclusive Sisterhood, Bonnie Thorton Dill

Stories from the Homefront: Perspectives of Asian American Parents with Lesbian Daughters and Gay Sons, Alice Y. Hom

Voices from the Movement: Approaches to Multiraciality, Cynthia L. Nakashima

V. Policies: Strategies and Solutions

The Negro Today Is Like the Immigrant Yesterday, Irving Kristol

The Black Community: Race and Class, William Julius Wilson

The Limits of Immigration, Robert J. Samuelson

Fear of Foreigners: Immigrants as Scapegoats for Domestic Woes, Gregory Defreitas

What to Do About Crime, James Q. Wilson

What to Do and Not To Do About Crime, Elliott Currie

Ending Affirmative Action, Pete Wilson

Defending Affirmative Action, Chang-Lin Tien

American Blacks, It Turned Out, Are Not Like the Immigrants of Yesterday, Nathan Glazer

VI. Prospects: E Pluribus Unum?

The Return to the Melting Pot, Arthur Schlesinger, Jr.

A Different Mirror: Multicultural Ties That Bind America, Ronald Takaki

Product Details

ISBN:
9780195146516
Editor:
Takaki, Ronald T.
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Editor:
Takaki, Ronald T.
Author:
null, Ronald
Author:
Takaki, Ronald T.
Author:
Takaki, Ronald
Location:
New York
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
Ethnic relations
Subject:
Discrimination & Racism
Subject:
Race relations
Subject:
Minority Studies - Race Relations
Subject:
Ethnicity
Subject:
Discrimination & Race Relations
Subject:
Sociology | Race
Subject:
Sociology | Race and Ethnicity
Subject:
United States Ethnic relations.
Subject:
United States Race relations.
Subject:
Sociology | Race & Ethnicity
Subject:
Ethnic Studies-Racism and Ethnic Conflict
Subject:
Ethnic Studies-Immigration
Copyright:
Edition Number:
3
Edition Description:
Third
Series Volume:
107-27
Publication Date:
20020631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Illustrations:
121 halftones
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
9.18x6.56x.52 in. .90 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , From Different Shores presents essays written by neo-conservative, liberal, and leftist scholars on race and ethnicity in America. Among these scholars are: Nathan Glazer, Ron Takaki, Thomas Sowell, Robert Blauner, William Julius Wilson, and Charles Murray. The essays are organized in a debate format in order to delineate sharply the different ways scholars approach and understand inequality in our society. The opening two essays immediately usher the reader into the "contested terrain" of perspectives--Glazer's "The Emergence of an American Ethnic Pattern" and Takaki's "Reflections on Racial Patterns in America." The book ends with an exchange on why the poor and minorities have been recently "losing ground."
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