Diversity in America / Edition 3

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Overview

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 questions that generate more passionate, charged, 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 compares multiculturalism in the U.S. to other developed countries, Examines what constitutes a racial or ethnic group, Includes new chapter-opening photographs that visually illustrate the context of each 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 of the perception of groups such as Native Americans and other racial minorities, Explores how transnationalism affects multiculturalism, Expands the discussion of 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.

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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: 1,223,325
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Vincent N. Parrillo, Professor and Graduate Director at William Patterson University, is an internationally recognized expert in the field of immigration and multiculturalism. He has spoken on these topics on numerous occasions throughout Asia, Canada, Europe, and the United States to government officials and to public and university audiences under sponsorship of the Department of State’s US Information Agency (USIA) and International Information Program (IIP). He is the executive producer and writer of two award-winning PBS television documentaries: Smokestacks and Steeples: A Portrait of Paterson (1992) and Ellis Island: Gateway to America (1991).

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Table of Contents

1 Perception and reality 1
2 Diversity in aboriginal America 21
3 Diversity in colonial times 39
4 Diversity in the early national period 59
5 Diversity in the age of expansion 77
6 Diversity in the industrial age 95
7 Diversity in the information age 111
8 Intergenerational comparisons 129
9 Is multiculturalism a threat? 147
10 Multiculturalism after 9/11 167
11 The next horizon 177
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