Synopses & Reviews
A pathbreaking work by one of the leading scholars in the field, Iron Cages provides a unique comparative analysis of white attitudes toward Asians, Blacks, Mexicans, and Native Americans in the nineteenth century, offering a cohesive study of the foundations of race and culture in America. With a new epilogue that assesses the prospect for race relations in contemporary American society, Iron Cages is important reading for anyone interested in the history of race relations in America. In his provocative new epilogue, "The Fourth Iron Cage," Takaki focuses on race in contemporary society within the context of America's nuclear arms-oriented ceconomy. He compares the Asian-American "model minority" and the black underclass, and extends his analysis to Native Americans, Chicanos, and Puerto Ricans.
"Takaki's early work continues to be one of the best demonstrations of how to think and write history. I am using it in a course built around...questions of objectivity in the historical profession."--Sarah Watts, Wake Forest University
"Takaki's treatment of Republicanism is a must for introductory sociology and history courses. The diversity that he brings to the dialog enlightens the study of virtue and purity."--S. Malone-Hawkins, California State University, Fresno
"Introductory readings appropriate for a multicultural education course."--Joe Pizzillo, Rowan College of New Jersey
"This thoroughly researched and clearly written text tells an important part of many stories in philosophy, history, and ethnic studies. Takaki's research in the 19th century develops major themes that are immensely important for those interested in contemporary political theory."--Andrew Light, University of California, Riverside
"Takaki has laid out the development of ideological and institutional racism in America. Iron Cages is destined to become a classic on race and culture in the 19th century America."--Greg Campbell, University of Montana
"A notable contribution....A well-balanced approach to the formation and perpetuation of racism and the establishment of minority status from a historico-political perspective."--Gregory R. Campbell, University of Montana
"An excellent text that gives a solid introduction to those cultural and religious groups that make up American culture. The added dimension of gender and class gives depth to the subject."--Richard Morales, Rochester Institute of Technology
"A book of breathtaking scope....Spans the period between the American Revolution and the Spanish-American War, synthesizes the most recent secondary literature on American social history, and combs the published and private papers of Presidents and poets. Takaki seeks a single set of relationships, embedded in the very structure of American political economy and social thought, that will explain Americans' attitudes toward and treatment of blacks, Indians, Chinese, and white workers and women, too."--Chronicle of Higher Education
"Stimulating and provocative."--Journal of American History
"The sort of book one has in mind when saying, 'If Americans really knew their own history'...A stimulating and intelligent approach to the history of capitalistic, expansionist society."--Boston Globe
Includes bibliographical references (p. 357-373) and index.