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"Let's be clear from the start what this book is about," writes Roger Sanjek. "Race is the framework of ranked categories, segmenting the human population, that was developed by Western Europeans following their global expansion." To contemporary social scientists, this ranking is baseless, though it has all-too-real effects.

Drawing on anthropology, history, sociology, ethnic studies, and women's studies, this volume explores the role of race in a variety of cultural and historical contexts. The essays demonstrate how social elites and members of subordinated groups construct and rework racial meanings and identities within the context of global change.

In addition to the editors, the contributors are Robert R. Alvarez Jr., John J. Attinasi, Michael L. Blakey, Ruth Frankenberg, Susan Hautaneimi, Evelyn Hu-DeHart, M. Annette Jaimes, Soheir A. Morsy, Nancy Muller, Robert Paynter, Clara E. Rodriguez, Renato Rosaldo, Karen Brodkin, Dana Y. Takagi, Michel-Rolph Trouillo, Brett Wiliams, and Patricia Zavella.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813521091
  • Publisher: Rutgers University Press
  • Publication date: 11/1/1994
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 420
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.93 (d)

Table of Contents

The Enduring Inequalities of Race 1
"We've Been Down This Road Already" 18
American Racism: The Impact on American-Indian Identity and Survival 41
Whiteness and Americanness: Examining Constructions of Race, Culture, and Nation in White Women's Life Narratives 62
How Did Jews Become White Folks? 78
Intermarriage and the Future of Races in the United States 103
Challenging Racial Hegemony: Puerto Ricans in the United States 131
Culture, Color, and Politics in Haiti 146
Beyond the Honorary "White" Classification of Egyptians: Societal Identity in Historical Context 175
Reflections on Diversity among Chicanas 199
Race and Other Inequalities: The Borderlands in Arturo Islas's Migrant Souls 213
Post-Civil Rights Politics and Asian-American Identity: Admissions and Higher Education 229
P.C. and the Politics of Multiculturalism in Higher Education 243
Un Chilero en la Academia: Sifting, Shifting, and the Recruitment of Minorities in Anthropology 257
Passing the Buck: Naturalism and Individualism as Anthropological Expressions of Euro-American Denial 270
The Landscapes of the W.E.B. Du Bois Boyhood Homesite: An Agenda for an Archaeology of the Color Line 285
Racism, Language Variety, and Urban U.S. Minorities: Issues in Bilingualism and Bidialectalism 319
Babies and Banks: The "Reproductive Underclass" and the Raced, Gendered Masking of Debt 348
Race, Rubbish, and Resistance: Empowering Difference in Community Politics 366
Index 393
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