Race and Ethnicity in the United States: An Institutional Approach

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Years ago when I began to accumulate information for a topic I was researching, I began from the perspective of my own experiences within the topic I studied. I worked outward, and then back again, to understand my topic, and to comprehend each of my perspectives within it. Because I was able to place myself within my topic rather then distancing myself from it, my understanding of 'things' was clearer, more accurate. I became a better sociologist. For me, to be able to view portions of another person's life from...

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Overview

Years ago when I began to accumulate information for a topic I was researching, I began from the perspective of my own experiences within the topic I studied. I worked outward, and then back again, to understand my topic, and to comprehend each of my perspectives within it. Because I was able to place myself within my topic rather then distancing myself from it, my understanding of 'things' was clearer, more accurate. I became a better sociologist. For me, to be able to view portions of another person's life from the inside out, is an incredible way to learn more about my own life and evaluations. Each person in this book has used personal experience as the basis from which to frame his individual sociological perspectives. Because they have personalized their work, their accounts are real, and recognizable as having come from 'real' persons, about 'real' experiences. There are no objectively-distanced disembodied third person entitites in these accounts. These writers are actual people whose stories will make you laugh, cry, think, and want to know more. If you regard your own perspecitve as truly relevant to your own understanding of all to which you apply your sociological insights, you will allow yourself to experience Private Sociology.

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Editorial Reviews

Robbie Pfeufer Kahn
It is riveting to witness the authors in this volume repeatedly cross the boundary between their lived experience (particularly events not conventionally written about) and sociological insight. This 'transgression' of boundaries is precisely what the sociologist's task ought to be about. Private Sociology is an invaluable addition to the growing field of sociology written from the inside out. Professionals and nonprofessionals alike will profit from reading these discerning and moving testimonies.
George Dowdall
Contributors write from the conviction we have much to learn from taking unsettling aspects of our lives as sociological subject matter. Their essays demonstrate both the soundness and potential of this exciting innovation. Their candor and insights model a still-finer sociology. Both our intro courses and our seminars for majors will profit from the use of this pioneering volume.
Joan I. Biddle
Years ago when I began to accumulate information for a topic I was researching, I began from the perspective of my own experiences within the topic I studied. I worked outward, and then back again, to understand my topic, and to comprehend each of my perspectives within it. Because I was able to place myself within my topic rather then distancing myself from it, my understanding of 'things' was clearer, more accurate. I became a better sociologist.
For me, to be able to view portions of another person's life from the inside out, is an incredible way to learn more about my own life and evaluations. Each person in this book has used personal experience as the basis from which to frame his individual sociological perspectives. Because they have personalized their work, their accounts are real, and recognizable as having come from 'real' persons, about 'real' experiences. There are no objectively-distanced disembodied third person entitites in these accounts. These writers are actual people whose stories will make you laugh, cry, think, and want to know more. If you regard your own perspecitve as truly relevant to your own understanding of all to which you apply your sociological insights, you will allow yourself to experience Private Sociology.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781882289431
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/1/1996
  • Series: Private Sociology Series
  • Pages: 296
  • Product dimensions: 6.18 (w) x 9.24 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Meet the Author

Arthur B. Shostak is Professor of Sociology at Drexel University. He specializes in industrial sociology, futuristics, and applied and humanistic sociology. His eighteen books include such titles as Blue-Collar Life, Our Sociological Eye, Sociology and Student Life, Modern Social Reforms, Men and Abortion, Robust Unionism, and For Labor's Sake. He is an adjunct professor in the Antioch University program at the AFL-CIO George Meany Center for Labor Studies, Silver Spring, Maryland.

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Table of Contents

Preface
1 The Domain of Violence 1
2 The Cultural Roots of Violence 48
3 Interpersonal Violence: Murder and Rape 98
4 Family Violence 148
5 Religious Violence 174
6 Economic Violence 206
7 State Violence 260
8 Structural Violence 315
9 Conclusion: Violence, Inequality, and Human Freedom 371
Index 393
About the Authors 405
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