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The Third Edition of Diversity in America offers both a sociohistorical perspective and a sociological analysis to provide insights into U.S. diversity. The author squarely addresses the topics which generate more passionate, invective, and raucous debate than all others in American society today: Is multiculturalism a threat to us? Should immigration be more closely controlled? Are we no longer sufficiently “American” and why? The book answers these questions by using history and sociology to shed light on socially constructed myths about our past, misunderstandings from our present, and anxieties about our future.

New to the Third Edition

  • Offers a new section in each chapter, “The Larger Context,” which places multiculturalism in a comparative perspective to other developed countries
  • Examines what constitutes a racial or ethnic group
  • Includes new chapter-opening photographs that visually illustrate the context of that chapter
  • Presents expanded commentary in many chapters about the influence of Asian culture in the earlier part of U.S. history and provides expanded discussion about Arabs, Asians, Hispanics, and Native Americans
  • Discusses the social constructionist approach as a further understanding about the perception of groups such as Native Americans and racial minorities
  • Explores how transnationalism affects multiculturalism
  • Expands the discussion on the PATRIOT Act and its impact on immigrants
  • Offers maps showing the territorial size of the United States during the eras discussed in Chapters 2 through 6

Intended Audience
This is an ideal supplement for courses in Race and Ethnic Relations, Immigration History, American Studies, or other courses on diversity.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412956376
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 5/20/2008
  • Edition description: Third Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 481,004
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Vincent N. Parrillo was born and raised in Paterson, New Jersey. He received his B.S. degree from Seton Hall University, his M.A.from Montclair State University, and his doctorate from Rutgers University. He teaches the following undergraduate courses: Minority Groups in America, Urban Sociology, Sociology of Socialization, Social Problems, Ethnic and Racial Conflict Resolution. Graduate courses include Racial and Ethnic Experiences and Sociology of Intercultural Communication.

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Table of Contents

1. Perception and Reality
What This Book Is All About
Seeing Is Believing, But Is It Knowing?
The Cultural Homogeneity Myth
The Rise, Fall, and Rise of Pluralism
The Melting Pot
The Dillingham Flaw
Understanding Today by Knowing about Yesterday
2. Diversity in Aboriginal America
The Larger Context
Diversity in Language
Diversity in Gender Roles
Diversity in Clothing
Diversity in Housing
Diversity in Social Organization
Diversity in Values
The Next Horizon
3. Diversity in Colonial Times
The Larger Context
Colonial Beginnings
Geographic Variances in Diversity
Religious Diversity
A Kaleidoscope Society
The Next Horizon
4. Diversity in the Early National Period
The Larger Context
Building a National Identity
Social Structure and Social Class
Religion, Power, and Group Consciousness
The Nation's First Census
Expanding Territory and Diversity
The Drop in Immigration
The Significance of Natural Population Growth
Emergence of a Common Culture
The False Horizon
5. Diversity in the Age of Expansion
The Larger Context
Travelers Discover the Ethnic Mosaic
The French
The Irish
The Germans
Native Americans
The Africans
The Chinese
The Mexicans
Intergroup Conflicts
The Next Horizon
6. Diversity in the Industrial Age
The Larger Context
Minority Family Economies
Population Diversity
African Americans
Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders
Hispanic Americans
Native Americans
Middle Eastern Americans
Northern and Western European Americans
Southern, Central, and Eastern European Americans
Intergroup Conflicts
The Next Horizon
7. Diversity in the Information Age
The Larger Context
The Human Element
Institutionalizing Minority Rights
The Europeans
Asians and Pacific Islanders
Black Americans
Hispanic Americans
North Africans and Southwest Asians
Native Americans
Religious Diversity
The Next Horizon
8. Intergenerational Comparisons
Why Are Voices Raised Against Immigration?
Immigration Rate
Foreign-Born Population
Race in America
Mainstream Americans
Perception and Reality
The Larger Context
Today's Patterns in Perspective
9. Is Multiculturalism a Threat?
The Umbrellas of Multiculturalism
The Larger Context
Roses and Thorns
The Thorns of Multiculturalism
The Roses of Multiculturalism
Is Multiculturalism the Enemy?
10. Multiculturalism after Nine-Eleven
Government Responses
Public Response
Measuring Social Distance after Nine-Eleven
Have Attitudes Changed about Immigration?
The Larger Context
What about Tomorrow?
11. The Next Horizon
The Dawning of a New Century
World Population Growth
U.S. Population Predictions
The Dillingham Flaw in Reverse
Factors Influencing Change
The Challenge of Racial Diversity
Increased Religious Diversity
The Mainstreaming of Women
The Ever-Changing Mosaic

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