Americans All: Race and Ethnic Relations in Historical, Structural, and Comparative Perspectives / Edition 2

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The second edition of Peter Kivisto and Wendy Ng's Americans All introduces foundational ideas and concepts about race and ethnic groups and applies them to issues and events relevant to today's college student population. The text combines both empirical and theoretical material and is designed to help students better understand our highly diverse society. It illustrates the importance of using sociology to identify and assess both the dynamics of ethnic conflicts and the forces that might serve to create a more harmonious society.

This text differs from other race and ethnic group texts in three significant ways:

* First, it is more historically grounded, making use of the scholarship of social historians in an interdisciplinary way.
* Second, it offers a genuinely comparative perspective. The authors highlight similarities and differences between and among groups—as well as distinctions in time, place, and circumstance—that account for contemporary differences in the social locations and well-being of the nation's major ethnic groups. Likewise, cross-national comparisons make sense of how the United States relates to other major liberal democracies in the world.
* Third, the book examines the inner workings of racial and ethnic communities, including discussions of group cultures, institutions, resources, and internal divisions.

New features of this completely updated and streamlined edition include:

* A new chapter on multiculturalism that provides insightful comparisons between the United States and Australia, Canada, France, Germany and Great Britain.
* "Voices"—boxed inserts in each chapter—that provide first-person accounts of the impact of ethnic identity on everyday lived experience.
* In-depth discussions of theoretical developments in the field, particularly focusing on current discussions of multiculturalism and transnationalism.
* Greater attention to the interplay between ethnicity, class, and gender.
* Extensive use of the most cutting-edge research on new immigrants in the United States.
* An Instructor's Manual/Testing Program and online Interactive Student Study Guide are available.

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Editorial Reviews

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"I found this book to be refreshing in its candor, brilliant in its creativity, and exciting in its ability to provide fresh insights into what appear to be timeless questions for Americans. I like the authors' approach, which blends history, structure, and theory. I would characterize it as scholarly, challenging, critical, and highly readable."—Rodney Coates, Miami University
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781931719544
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 3/30/2005
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 430

Table of Contents

Part I: Thinking About Race and Ethnicity
1: Ethnic and Racial Dimensions
History and Social Structure
Five Lives: Identities and Experiences
An Italian American
A Mexican American
An African American
A Chinese American
A Native American
Generalizing From the Specific Case
Making Visible the Invisible
Why Can't They Be Like Us?
Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen
Ethnic Groups
Group Definitions and Boundaries
Choosing Names
Intergroup Relations
The Big Picture: What Is Ethnic America?
The Melting Pot
Cultural Pluralism
Alternative Images of Ethnic America
2: Toward a Conceptual Map of Ethnic Relations
The Emergence of Ethnic Studies
Clarifying Concepts
Nations, Nationality, and Nationalism
Minority Groups
Ethnicity and Ethnic Groups
Religio-Ethnic Groups
Racial Groups
Ethnic Relations
Toward a New Model
Marxism and Social Classes
Rational Choice Theory
The Social Construction of Ethnicity
Emergent Ethnicity
The Invention of Ethnicity
Contemporary Diversity: Multiculturalism and Transnationalism
Ingroups, Outgroups, and Group Position
The Psychology of Prejudice
The Sociology of Prejudice and Discrimination
Explaining Ethnic Differences
Part II: Sociology Meets History
3: Constructing WASP Hegemony and the Racial "Other" From Colonial America to the Civil War
Nation Building
Albion's Seed
Transplanting the Old World to the New
Nineteenth-Century Migration
The Core Society: Anglo-Saxon Protestant
Erin's Children in America
Immigrant Adjustment
Communal Activities and Organizations
Germans in America
The Early Ethnic Communit
Intraethnic Conflict
Interethnic Encounters
Coercive Pluralism and the Politics of Exclusion
The First of This Land
The Market Period (1600-1775)
The Conflict Period (1775-1850)
Relocation Policies
Beyond the Middle Passage
The Ideology of Racism
Slavery and the Plantation
The Origins of an African American Culture
The Community of Slaves
Slave Revolts
Free Persons of Color
Challenges to the Peculiar Institution
The Politics of Conquest
Travelers to Gold Mountain
4: Reconfiguring the Racial Divide: Immigration and White Supremacy, 1865-1950
Becoming Ethnic Americans
Peasants No More: The Italians
The Ethnic Community
Roman Catholicism
Education and Upward Mobility
Ethnic Stereotypes and the Mafia
Generational Change
The Birth and Maturation of Polonia in America
The Immigrant Community Takes Shape
Cultural Values
Generational Change
The Jewish Diaspora
The Early Community Presence
The Ethnic Community Evolves
Religious Divisions
Political and Labor Organizations
Upward Mobility
The Color Line From the Civil War to the Civil Rights Movement
From Emancipation to Jim Crow: African Americans
Reasserting White Domination
Leadership in the African American Community
Southern Race Relations
The Promised Land
The Development of the Black Community
The Latino Presence in the United States
Mexicans in the Southwest
Cubans and Puerto Ricans
The Chinese and Japanese: A Comparison
The Chinese and Immigration Restriction
Emigration and the Role of the Japanese Government
The Ethnic Community and Generational Differences
Native Americans During the Reservation Era
Reservations as Total Institutions
The Dawes Act and Acculturation Policies
Responding to Defeat
The Indian New Deal
Part III: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow: From 1950 to the Twenty-First Century
5: European Americans: The Twilight of Ethnicity?
Suburbanization and White Ethnics
Does Ethnicity Matter? The Case for Cultural Transmission
The Polish Americans
The Debate Over an Ethnic Revival
The Hansen Thesis
Political Ethnicity
Symbolic Ethnicity
Evidence from Census Findings
Ethnic Options
The Privatization of Ethnicity
The Invention of Ethnicity
Regional Identities
A European American Identity?
Jewish Exceptionalism?
The Core Jewish Population
Continuity and Change
The Specter of Race
White Attitudes About Governmental Actions
The Politics of Hate and Racial Divisiveness
6: African Americans: The Enduring American Dilemma
The Civil Rights Movement: 1940-1970
Phase I: Nonviolent Confrontation and Legislative Lobbying
Phase II: Militancy and Black Nationalism
Two Controversies
Busing and School Desegregation
Affirmative Action
Improvement or Decline?
Housing and Residential Segregation
Public Housing
Alternatives to Public Housing
Equal Housing Opportunity
The Enduring Significance of Race
The Black Middle Class
Poor Blacks
Into the Future
7: American Indians: The Continuing Plight of the First of This Land
The Indian Reorganization Act
Searching for Alternatives to Termination
Adjusting to Urban Life
The Ethnic Community in the City
Political Activism
The Red Power Movement
Competing Political Goals
Ongoing Conflict With White America
The Chippewa Spearfishing Dispute
The Blackfeet and Oil Exploration: Limiting Development
Land Disputes: The Legacy of Treaty Violations
Development Plans on Native American Reservations
Exploiting Natural Resources
Tourism and Gaming
Quality of Life on Reservations
Health Issues
Native Americans in the White Mind
Uncertain Futures
8: Latino Americans: Into the Mainstream or on the Margins?
Latino Panethnic Unity or Ethnic Distinctiveness?
The Bilingual Issue
Cuban Americans
Settlement Patterns
The Enclave Economy
Political Participation
Are Cubans Assimilating?
Puerto Ricans
Settlement Patterns
Economic Status
The Impact of Return Migration
The Ethnic Community
Integration or Isolation?
Mexican Americans
Chicano Politics
Socioeconomic Status
Current Economic Problems
The Problem of Marginalized Youth
New Latino Immigration: Central and South America and Caribbean
9: Asian Americans: The Myth of the Model Minority
The Model Minority: Myth and Reality
Japanese Americans
The Third Generation and Beyond
Changes in the Ethnic Community
The Future of the Japanese American Community
Chinese Americans
Pre-1965 Developments
Post-1965 Developments
Korean Americans
Immigrant Entrepreneurs
Interethnic Conflict
Korean Ethnic Churches
Adhesive Adaptation
Scenarios for the Future
Filipino Americans
Immigration Since 1945
The Ethnic Community
Other Asians
Education and Occupation
Prejudice and Discrimination
10: Multicultural Prospects in Comparative Perspective
The United States in Comparative Perspective
Settler Nations
Canada: The Vertical Mosaic
Australia: From Settler Country to Multicultural Nation
Western Europe
Britain in a Postcolonial World
Germany: The Challenge of a "Blood-and-Soil" Conception of Citizenship
The French Melting Pot
A Multicultural America in the Twenty-First Century
Subject Index
Author Index

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