Synopses & Reviews
This engaging reader is organized in four major thematic parts, subdivided into thirteen different sections. Part I (?The Social Basis of Race and Ethnicity?) establishes the analytical frameworks that are now being used to think about race in society. The section examines the social construction of race and ethnicity as concepts and experience. Part II (?Continuity and Change: How We Got Here and What It Means?) explores both the historical patterns of inclusion and exclusion that have established racial and ethnic inequality, while also explaining some of the contemporary changes that are shaping contemporary racial and ethnic relations. Part III (?Race and Social Institutions?) examines the major institutional structures in contemporary society and investigates patterns of racial inequality within these institutions. Persistent inequality in the labor market and in patterns of community, residential, and educational segregation continue to shape the life chances of different groups. Part IV (?Building a Just Society?) concludes the book by looking at both large-scale contexts of change, such as those reflected in the movement to elect the first African American president.
This engaging reader consists of 57 edited articles organized according to seven unifying themes. Part I establishes the importance of examining race as a contemporary social issue. Part II introduces the analytical frameworks that are now being used to think about race in society. Part III examines the most immediately experienced dimensions of race: beliefs and ideology. Part IV examines racial identity and interracial relationships, topics that are especially interesting to students. Part V analyzes the importance of the political economy of race, showing how the economic exploitation of racial groups is buttressed by political arrangements in the state. In particular, the racial division of labor is supported by concepts of citizenship that deny full rights of citizenship to certain groups. Part VI details the consequences of race and racism as manifested in different social institutions, including work, family, health, housing, education, and social justice. Part VII focuses on social movements and social change. Each section includes articles examining the outcomes within social institutions that stem from the reality of racial inequality in society.
About the Author
Elizabeth Higginbotham (B.A., City College of the City University of New York; M.A., Ph.D., Brandeis University) is Professor of Sociology and Women?s Studies at the University of Delaware. She is author of TOO MUCH TO ASK: BLACK WOMEN IN THE ERA OF INTEGRATION (University of North Carolina Press, 2001) and co-editor of WOMEN AND WORK: EXPLORING RACE, ETHNICITY AND CLASS (Sage Publications, 1997 with Mary Romero). She has also authored many articles in journals and edited collections. While teaching at the University of Memphis, she received the Superior Performance in University Research Award for 1991-92 and 1992-93. Along with colleagues Bonnie Thornton Dill and Lynn Weber, she is a recipient of the American Sociological Association Jessie Bernard Award and Distinguished Contributions to Teaching Award in 1993 for the work of the Center for Research on Women at the University of Memphis. She was recently received the 2003-2004 Robin M. Williams Jr. Award from the Eastern Sociological Society, given annually to one distinguished sociologist.Margaret L. Andersen--raised in Oakland, California; Rome, Georgia; and Boston--is Edward F. and Elizabeth Goodman Rosenberg Professor of Sociology at the University of Delaware. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and her B.A. from Georgia State University. She is the author of THINKING ABOUT WOMEN: SOCIOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVES ON SEX AND GENDER (Allyn and Bacon) and the best-selling Wadsworth text RACE, CLASS, AND GENDER: AN ANTHOLOGY (with Patricia Hill Collins). She is also the author of ON LAND AND ON SEA: A CENTURY OF WOMEN IN THE ROSENFELD COLLECTION and LIVING ART: THE LIFE OF PAUL R. JONES, AFRICAN AMERICAN ART COLLECTOR. She has recently served as Vice President of the American Sociological Association, from which she has also received the prestigious Jessie Bernard Award. She has also been awarded the SWS Feminist Lecturer Award, given annually by SWS (Sociologists for Women in Society) to a social scientist whose work has contributed to improving the status of women in society. She currently serves as Chair of the National Advisory Board of the Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity at Stanford University. She has served as the Interim Dean of the College of Arts and Science and Vice Provost for Academic Affairs at the University of Delaware, where she has also won the University?s Excellence in Teaching Award. She lives on the Elk River in Maryland with her husband, Richard Rosenfeld.
Table of Contents
PART I: THE SOCIAL BASIS OF RACE AND ETHINICITY. 1. The Social Construction of Race and Ethnicity Introduction by Elizabeth Higginbotham and Margaret L. Andersen 1.Howard F. Taylor, ?Defining Race?. 2.Joseph L. Graves, Jr., ?The Race Myth?. 3.Abby Ferber, ?Planting the Seed: The Invention of Race?. 4.Karen Brodkin, ?How Did Jews Become White Folks?? 5.Michael Omi and Howard Winant, ?On Racial Formation?. Student Exercises. 2. What Do You Think? Prejudice, Stereotyping, and Racism. Introduction by Elizabeth Higginbotham and Margaret L. Andersen 6.Matthew Desmond and Mustafa Emirbayer, ?American Racism in the Twenty-First Century?. 7.Charles A. Gallagher, ?Color-Blind Privilege: The Social and Political Functions of Erasing the Color Line in Post Race America?. 8.Judith Ortiz Cofer, ?The Myth of the Latin Woman: I Just Met a Girl Named Maria?. 9.Rainier Spencer, ?Mixed Race Chic? 10.Rebekah Nathan, ?What a Professor Learned by Becoming a Student?. Student Exercises 3. Representing Race and Ethnicity: The Media and Popular Culture. Introduction by Elizabeth Higginbotham and Margaret L. Andersen. 11.Craig Watkins, ?Black Youth and the Ironies of Capitalism?. 12.Fatimah N. Muhammed, ?How to NOT Be 21st Century Venus Hottentots?. 13.Rosie Molinary, ?Maria de la Barbie? 14.Charles Springwood and C. Richard King, ??Playing Indian?: Why Native American Mascots Must End?. 15.Jennifer C. Mueller, Danielle Dirks, and Leslie Houts Picca, ?Unmasking Racism: Halloween Costuming and Engagement of the Racial Order?. Student Exercises 4. Who Are You? Race and Identity. Introduction by Elizabeth Higginbotham and Margaret L. Andersen. 16.Beverly Tatum, interview with John O?Neil, ?Why are the Black Kids Sitting Together?? 17.Priscilla Chan, ?Drawing the Boundaries?. 18.Michael Omi and Taeku Lee, ?Barack Like Me: Our First Asian American President?. 19.Tim Wise, ?White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son?. Student Exercises. PART II: CONTINUITY AND CHANGE: HOW WE GOT HERE AND WHAT IT MEANS. 5. Who Belongs? Race, Rights, and Citizenship. Introduction by Elizabeth Higginbotham and Margaret L. Andersen. 20.Evelyn Nakano Glenn, ?Citizenship and Inequality?. 21.C. Matthew Snipp ?The First Americans: American Indians?. 22.Susan M. Akram and Kevin R. Johnson, ?Race, Civil Rights, and Immigration Law After September 11, 2001: The Targeting of Arabs and Muslims?. 23.Peggy Levitt, ?Salsa and Ketchup: Transnational Migrants Saddle Two Worlds?. Student Exercises 6.The Changing Face of America: Immigration. Introduction by Elizabeth Higginbotham and Margaret L. Andersen. 24.Mae M. Ngai, ?Impossible Subjects: Illegal Aliens and the Making of Modern America?. 25.Nancy Foner, ?From Ellis Island to JFK: Education in New York?s Two Great Waves of Immigration? 26.Charles Hirschman and Douglas S. Massey, ?Places and Peoples: The New American Mosaic?. 27.Pew Research Center, ?Between Two Worlds: How Young Latinos Come of Age in America?. Student Exercises. 7. Exploring Intersections: Race, Class, Gender and Inequality. Introduction by Elizabeth Higginbotham and Margaret L. Andersen. 28.Patricia Hill Collins, ?Toward a New Vision: Race, Class and Gender as Categories of Analysis and Connection?. 29.Yen Le Espiritu, ?Theorizing Race, Gender, and Class?. 30.Roberta Coles and Charles Green, ?The Myth of the Missing Black Father?. 31.Nikki Jones, ?From Good to Ghetto?. 32.Gladys Garcia-Lopez and Denise A. Segura, ??They Are Testing You All the Time?: Negotiating Dual Femininities among Chicana Attorneys?. Student Exercises. PART III: RACE AND SOCIAL INSTITUTIONS. 8. Race and the Workplace. Introduction by Elizabeth Higginbotham and Margaret L. Andersen. 33.William Julius Wilson, ?Toward a Framework for Understanding Forces that Contribute to or Reinforce Racial Inequality?. 34.Deirdre A. Royster, ?Race and The Invisible Hand: How White Networks Exclude Black Men from Blue-Collar Jobs?. 35.Pierrette Hondagneu-Sotelo, ?Families on the Frontier?. 36.Angela Stuesse, ?Race, Migration and Labor Control?. Student Exercises. 9.Shaping Lives and Love: Race, Families, and Communities. Introduction by Elizabeth Higginbotham and Margaret L. Andersen. 37.Joe R. Feagin and Karyn D. McKinney,.?The Family and Community Costs of Racism?. 38.Dorothy Roberts, ?Shattered Bonds: The Color of Child Welfare?. 39.Kumiko Nemoto, ?Interracial Relationships: Discourses and Images?. 40.Zhenchao Qian, ?Breaking the Last Taboo: Interracial Marriage in America?. Student Exercises. 10. How We Live and Learn: Segregation, Housing, and Education. Introduction by Elizabeth Higginbotham and Margaret L. Andersen. 41.John E. Farley and Gregory D. Squires, ?Fences and Neighbors: Segregation in the 21st Century?. 42. Melvin L. Oliver and Thomas M. Shapiro, ?Sub-Prime as a Black Catastrophe?. 43.Gary Orfield and Chungmei Lee, ?Historic Reversals, Accelerating Resegregation and the Need for New Integration Strategies?. 44.Heather Beth Johnson and Thomas M. Shapiro, ?Good Neighborhoods, Good Schools: Race and the ?Good Choices? of White Families?. Student Exercises. 11. Do We Care? Race, Health Care and the Environment. Introduction by Elizabeth Higginbotham and Margaret L. Andersen. 45.H. Jack Geiger, ?Health Disparities: What Do We Know? What Do We Need to Know? What Should We Do?? 46.Shirley A. Hill, ?Cultural Images and the Health of African American Women?. 47.David Naguib Pellow and Robert J. Brulle, ?Poisoning the Planet: The Struggle for Environmental Justice?. 48.Robert D. Bullard and Beverly Wright, ?Race, Place and the Environment?. Student Exercises. 12.Criminal Injustice? Courts, Crime, and the Law. Introduction by Elizabeth Higginbotham and Margaret L. Andersen. 49.Bruce Western, ?Punishment and Inequality?. 50.Ruben Rumbaut, Roberto Gonzales, Goinaz Kamaie, and Charlie V. Moran, ?Debunking the Myth of Immigrant Criminality: Imprisonment among First and Second Generation Young Men?. 51.Christina Swarns, ?The Uneven Scales of Capital Justice?. 52.Devah Pager, ?The Mark of a Criminal Record?. Student Exercises. PART IV: BUILDING A JUST SOCIETY. 13. Moving Forward: Analysis and Social Action. Introduction by Elizabeth Higginbotham and Margaret L. Andersen. 53.Thomas F. Pettigrew, ?Post-Racism? Putting Obama?s Victory in Perspective?. 54.Frank Dobbins, Alexandra Kalev, and Erin Kelly, ?Diversity Management in Corporate America?. 55.Southern Poverty Law Center, ?Ways to Fight Hate?. Student Exercises.