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In this unique reader, eighteen social scientists write about their own personal experiences, and those of their families, as members of a particular racial or ethnic group in the United States. Many essays tell compelling stories of how institutional discrimination operates, and how circumstances can persuade people to accept prejudice and discrimination. Several selections written by women who are also members of a racial or ethnic minority show how different types of discrimination interact. Each contributor compares the experience of his or her own family to the larger group experience, telling a story that is at once personal and sociological.
1. Earliest Groups.
James V. Fenelon: Dakota Woman, Mixed-Blood Man: American Indians from the Northern Plains.
Herbert Douglas: Migration and Adaptation of African American Families Within Urban America.
Donald Cunnigen: Race, Class, Civil Rights, and Jim Crow American: Silences and Smiles.
Jose Calderon: Inclusion or Exclusion: One Immigrant's Experience of Cultural and Structural Barriers to Power Sharing and Unity.
2. First Stream Groups.
Vincent Parrillo: Irish Americans.
Richard Grupenhoff: Reconstructing the Past.
Annemarie Nussbaumer Harrod: Twentieth Century European Immigrants: Dialectic of Class and Race.
3. From the Perspective of the Dominant Group
White Anglo-Saxon Protestant Americans
Ashley “Woody” Doane: The Dominant Group Experience.
4. Second Stream Groups.
Vincent Serravallo: From Bricks to Blackboards: Work, Community, and Assimilation.
Anna Karpathakis: Greek Immigrants: Simply a Reflection of Americas Contradictions.
Mark Hutter: “Bensenhoist:” An Ethnic Auto-ethnography.
5. Third Stream Groups.
Puerto Rican Americans.
Miranda Martinez: The Nuyorican Movement: Community Struggle Against Blocked Mobility in New York City.
Asian Indian Americans.
Bandana Purkayastha: Economically Elite, Socially Marginal: The Contemporary Indo-American Experience.
Sandra Alvarez: Miami: Gateway to the Caribbean.
C. N. Le: Fleeing Dragon: The Refugee Experience From a Vietnamese Immigrant Family.
Gary C. David: On Being Arab-American: The On-Going Development of Arab-American Community Identity.
6. Multi-Group Americans.
Kathryn Beth Kramer and Adrienne Beth Johnson: Love, Family, and Strong Values Reign in Our Multiracial, Single-Parent Family!
Erica Chito Childs: Becoming Interracial: One Family's Story.