Race, Ethnicity, Gender, and Class: The Sociology of Group Conflict and Change / Edition 5

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SAGE & Pine Forge Press congratulate esteemed author Joseph F. Healey for winning the 2007 "Texty" Textbook Excellence Award from the Text and Academic Authors Association for his textbook Race, Ethnicity, Gender, and Class, 4th Edition!

The text that has been very popular among undergraduate students studying race and ethnicity has been updated and revised in this new Fourth Edition! Written in a clear, consistent style, this best-selling text eloquently describes and, at times, serves as a conduit for a broad spectrum of experiences related to race, ethnicity, gender, and class. Author Joseph F. Healey uses sociological theory to tell the story of race and other socially constructed inequalities in the United States with consistency and clarity. 

Key Features and Updates to the Fourth Edition: 

  • All new 2-Color scheme
  • All new Chapter 11, "New Americans: Immigration and Assimilation"
  • All new Public Sociology Assignments within each PART
  • All new "Photo Essays" within most of the chapters that visually reinforce key concepts in a dramatic and memorable fashion
  • Provides "Current Debates" at the end of chapters on important issues, expressed through the ideas and writings of prominent scholars
  • Includes "Narrative Portraits" -- first person accounts -- that are threaded throughout the text
  • Updated Exhibits with 2002 census information


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Editorial Reviews

Dr. Gonzalo Santos
"The Healey book is the best undergraduate textbook, in my opinion, to focus on the U.S. experience of peoplehood…"
Carol Ward
"I continue to be very impressed with the conceptual material included in the text related to prejudice, racism, assimilation,
stratification and pluralism and their relation to larger social change processes. Students benefits tremendously from learning about the perspectives that relate to understanding race relations occurring at multiple levels:
family, small group, community, state and global."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412977586
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 6/16/2009
  • Edition description: Updated Edition
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 632
  • Product dimensions: 7.80 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Joseph F. Healey is Professor Emeritus of Sociology at Christopher Newport University in Virginia. He received his Ph D in sociology and anthropology from the University of Virginia. An innovative and experienced teacher of numerous race and ethnicity courses, he has written articles on minority groups, the sociology of sport, social movements, and violence, and he is also the author of Statistics: A Tool for Social Research (10th ed., 2014).

Eileen O’Brien is an Assistant Professor at SUNY-Brockport where her teaching and research interests range from introductory sociology to courses on race, ethnicity, gender, social class and theory. She authored Whites Confront Racism (Rowan and Littlefield, 2001) and has co-authored White Men on Race (Beacon Press, 2003) with Joe Feagin, a pre-eminent scholar on race and ethnic relations. She received her Ph.D. from the U.of Florida in 1999 M.A. from Ohio State in 1996; both degrees in sociology.

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Table of Contents

Pt. I An Introduction to the Study of Minority Groups in the United States

1 Diversity in the United States: Questions and Concepts 9

2 Assimilation and Pluralism: From Immigrants to White Ethnics 49

3 Prejudice and Discrimination 107

Pt. II The Evolution of Dominant-Minority Relations in the United States

4 The Development of Dominant-Minority Group Relations in Preindustrial America: The Origins of Slavery 163

5 Industrialization and Dominant-Minority Relations: From Slavery to Segregation and the Coming of Postindustrial Society 201

Pt. III Understanding Dominant-Minority Relations in the United States Today

6 African Americans: From Segregation to Modern Institutional Discrimination and Modern Racism 249

7 American Indians: From Conquest to Tribal Survival in a Postindustrial Society 299

8 Hispanic Americans: Colonization, Immigration, and Ethnic Enclaves 349

9 Asian Americans: "Model Minorities"? 405

Pt. IV Challenges for the Present and the Future

10 New Americans, Assimilation, and Old Challenges 461

11 Minority Groups and U.S. Society: Themes, Patterns, and the Future 499

Appendix 515

References 538

Glossary and Index 562

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