America Becoming: Racial Trends and Their Consequences, Volume 1

America Becoming: Racial Trends and Their Consequences, Volume 1

by Neil J. Smelser, William Julius Wilson, Faith Mitchell, National Research Council
     
 

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The 20th Century has been marked by enormous change in terms of how we define race. In large part, we have thrown out the antiquated notions of the 1800s, giving way to a more realistic, sociocultural view of the world. The United States is, perhaps more than any other industrialized country, distinguished by the size and diversity of its racial and ethnic minority… See more details below

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The 20th Century has been marked by enormous change in terms of how we define race. In large part, we have thrown out the antiquated notions of the 1800s, giving way to a more realistic, sociocultural view of the world. The United States is, perhaps more than any other industrialized country, distinguished by the size and diversity of its racial and ethnic minority populations. Current trends promise that these features will endure. Fifty years from now, there will most likely be no single majority group in the United States. How will we fare as a nation when race-based issues such as immigration, job opportunities, and affirmative action are already so contentious today?

In America Becoming, leading scholars and commentators explore past and current trends among African Americans, Hispanics, Asian Americans, and Native Americans in the context of a white majority. This volume presents the most up-to-date findings and analysis on racial and social dynamics, with recommendations for ongoing research. It examines compelling issues in the field of race relations, including:

  • Race and ethnicity in criminal justice.
  • Demographic and social trends for Hispanics, Asian Americans, and Native Americans.
  • Trends in minority-owned businesses.
  • Wealth, welfare, and racial stratification.
  • Residential segregation and the meaning of "neighborhood."
  • Disparities in educational test scores among races and ethnicities.
  • Health and development for minority children, adolescents, and adults.
  • Race and ethnicity in the labor market, including the role of minorities in America's military.
  • Immigration and the dynamics of race and ethnicity.
  • The changing meaning of race.
  • Changing racial attitudes.

This collection of papers, compiled and edited by distinguished leaders in the behavioral and social sciences, represents the most current literature in the field. Volume 1 covers demographic trends, immigration, racial attitudes, and the geography of opportunity. Volume 2 deals with the criminal justice system, the labor market, welfare, and health trends. Both books will be of great interest to educators, scholars, researchers, students, social scientists, and policymakers.

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Editorial Reviews

There is much to like about both volumes. The writing is accessible for the intelligent lay reader, and many chapters conclude with helpful summaries of lessons learned, policy recommendations, or research needs. Throughout the approximately 1000 pages, we find the latest research data on a multitude of topics, making the collection pure platinum for scholars. And whether by editorial intervention or authorial initiative, papers typically offer diverse racial perspectives rather than confining the discussion to blacks and whites. ...this is an important work for its compilation of state-of-the-art data and in-depth reflections on an American problem of massive proportions. The Race Initiative may be history, but these books will likely endure.
Booknews
The papers collected in this first of two volumes were first presented at the Research Conference on Racial Trends in the US, which was organized following discussions between the National Research Council and the President's (Clinton) Initiative on Race. The former organization, together with the Commission on Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education (to which the editors belong), are responsible for the publication. The topics covered include: demographic and social trends, residential segregation, disparities in educational test scores, immigration, the changing meaning of race, and changing racial attitudes. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780309068383
Publisher:
National Academies Press
Publication date:
01/23/2001
Series:
America Becoming Series
Pages:
560
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.30(d)

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