From Different Shores: Perspectives on Race and Ethnicity in America / Edition 2

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From Different Shores presents essays written by neo-conservative, liberal, and leftist scholars on race and ethnicity in America. Among these scholars are: Nathan Glazer, Ron Takaki, Thomas Sowell, Robert Blauner, William Julius Wilson, and Charles Murray. The essays are organized in a debate format in order to delineate sharply the different ways scholars approach and understand inequality in our society. The opening two essays immediately usher the reader into the "contested terrain" of perspectives--Glazer's "The Emergence of an American Ethnic Pattern" and Takaki's "Reflections on Racial Patterns in America." The book ends with an exchange on why the poor and minorities have been recently "losing ground."

"A refreshing and welcome reader, I look forward to using it in my courses."--Joan S. Timm, University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh.

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"A nice collection of essays that offers a wide variety of interesting perspectives on racial and ethnic issues and problems in American society....Sections 5 and 6 are new in this edition of the book, and each provides relevant and necessary insights on the effect of race and ethnicity on American life....An important, effective, and comprehensive reader on race and ethnicity. It provides a set of relatively brief introductory works on historical and contemporary issues and detailed scholarly debate and discussion....[S]uited best for use in advanced undergraduate or graduate courses." --Jean Harold Shin, Indiana University, in Teaching Sociology

"Clear, accessible, well researched, inclusive, comprehensive, and passionate. Excellent!"--Iaher Wahab, Lewis and Clark College

"An excellent selection of critical articles that presents a sound historical basis for understanding the current struggles of communities of color."--N. Valdez, Colorado State University

"A must for the social sciences. It offers a critical world view of how America was/is structured. His issues-oriented technique enhances the study of history."--S. Malone-Hawkins, California State University

"A collection of essays both interesting and challenging, this text covers a broad range of people and experiences which help clarify the roles of race and ethnicity in the development of the United States. Old and new interpretations give a well-rounded view of issues."--S. Carol Berg, College of St. Benedict

"Offers excellent up-to-date discussions of the most central issues in current U.S. social politics regarding race and ethnicity."--Jan Lin, Amherst College

"A valuable and diverse compilation of some of the finest authors of race, culture, and ethnicity in America. An excellent introductory text for students of multiculturalism. Important for the questions it raises."--Refugio I. Rochin, University of California, Davis

"Insightful essays, focussing on salient contemporary issues in racial-ethnic relations. A valuable supplement to any standard text."--Richard Robbins, University of Massachusetts, Boston

"An excellent reader which presents American social evolution from a perspective denied far too many 1tudents."--Peter Aschoff, University of Mississippi

"An impressive collection of essays. It is wide-ranging and yet penetrates certain issues in ways that can only serve well the course that has some ambitions toward cultural critique."--Nelson Hathcock, St. Xavier University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195083682
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 1/28/1994
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.13 (h) x 0.54 (d)

Meet the Author

University of California, Berkeley
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Table of Contents

Introduction: Different Shores 3
The Emergence of an American Ethnic Pattern 11
Reflections on Racial Patterns in America 24
First Impressions: Libidinous Blacks 41
The Metaphysics of Civilization: Indians and the Age of Jackson 52
Strangers in the Land: Nativism and Nationalism 67
Border Culture 72
Ethnic Enterprise in America: Japanese, Chinese, and Blacks 82
Identity and Culture 93
The "Giddy Multitude": Race and Class in Early Virginia 107
Puerto Ricans and the Political Economy of New York 118
Wampum to Pictures of Presidents 124
Racial Domination and Class Conflict in Capitalist Agriculture: The Oxnard Sugar Beet Workers' Strike of 1903 128
A Theory of Ethnic Antagonism: The Split Labor Market 139
Colonized and Immigrant Minorities 149
White Women/Black Women: The Dualism of Female Identity and Experience 167
The Development of Chicana Feminist Discourse 175
The Feminist Movement: Where Are All the Asian American Women? 184
Who Is Your Mother? Red Roots of White Feminism 192
Sweatshops and Picket Lines: European Immigrant Women 199
Puertorriquenas in the United States: The Impact of Double Discrimination 209
Race, Class, and Gender: Prospects for an All-Inclusive Sisterhood 214
Beyond Racism 231
We've More Than Our Quota of Quotas 233
Affirmative Action in a Zero-Sum Society 235
To Count or Not to Count by Race and Gender? 241
The Black Community: Race and Class 243
"White Popular Wisdom": Losing Ground 251
A Dream Deferred: The Crisis of "Losing Ground" 257
Puerto Ricans and the Underclass Debate 261
The Burden of Support: Young Latinos in an Aging Society 270
Horizontal City 281
The Afrocentric Idea 283
Cultural Pluralism 288
The Return to the Melting Pot 293
At the End of the Century: The "Culture Wars" in the U.S. 296
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