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This best-selling Race & Ethnic Relations text is grounded in a socio-historical perspective with engaging stories and first person accounts. Racial and Ethnic Groups helps students understand the changing dynamics of the U.S. population. By using a socio-historical perspective, the author frames issues by examining our history, exploring the current situation, and discussing the concerns for the future.

Racial and ethnic relations in the United States are at a dynamic and exciting time. Major events are shaping our society, such as population and immigration changes, the election of the first African-American president, and increasing diversity throughout our society.

This census update has taken advantage of the September 2009 release of the American Community Survey and the information calculated from the 2009 Annual Social and Economical Supplements to the Current Population Survey conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau. The authors have also taken the opportunity to include additional information on the first year of the Obama administration, passage of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, the 2009 Ricci v. DeStefano “reverse discrimination” case, the controversy over the arrest of Henry Louis Gates Jr. in his home, the creation of a new citizenship test, and the addition of Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court. Also, information throughout the text has been updated, including over 40 tables and figures, all top 10 lists, and more.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205004409
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
  • Publication date: 5/18/2010
  • Edition number: 12
  • Pages: 480
  • Product dimensions: 8.10 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard T. Schaefer grew up in Chicago in the 1960's, at a time when neighborhoods were going through transitions in ethnic and racial composition. He found himself fascinated by what was happening, how people were reacting, and how these changes were affecting neighborhoods and people's jobs. His interest in social issues caused him to gravitate to more sociology courses at Northwestern University, where he eventually received a B.A. in sociology and later earning his M.A. and Ph.D in sociology from the University of Chicago.

Dr. Schaefer went on to become a professor of sociology. He has taught sociology and courses on multiculturalism for 30 years. He has been invited to give special presentations to students and faculty on racial and ethnic diversity in Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio and Texas.

Dr. Schaefer is the author of Race and Ethncity in the United States. Dr. Schaefer is the General Editor of the fourthcoming three-volume Encyclopedia of Race, Ethnicity and Society . He served as president of the Midwest Sociological Society from 1994-1995. In recognition of his achievments in undergraduate teaching, he was named Vincent de Paul Professor of Sociology in 2004.

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Table of Contents




Chapter 1 Understanding Race and Ethnicity

Chapter 2 Prejudice

Chapter 3 Discrimination

Chapter 4 Immigration and the United States

Chapter 5 Ethnicity and Religion

Chapter 6 The Native Americans

Chapter 7 The Making of African Americans in a White America

Chapter 8 African Americans Today

Chapter 9 Hispanic Americans

Chapter 10 Mexican Americans and Puerto Ricans

Chapter 11 Muslim and Arab Americans: Diverse Minorities

Chapter 12 Asian Americans: Growth and Diversity

Chapter 13 Chinese Americans and Japanese Americans

Chapter 14 Jewish Americans: Quest to Maintain Identity

Chapter 15 Women: The Oppressed Majority

Chapter 16 Beyond the United States: The Comparative Perspective

Chapter 17 Overcoming Exclusion


Part I Perspectives On Racial And Ethnic Groups

Chapter 1 Exploring Race and Ethnicity

What Is a Subordinate Group?

Types of Subordinate Groups

Racial Groups

Ethnic Groups

Religious Groups

Gender Groups

Other Subordinate Groups

Listen to Our Voices: Problem of the Color Line, by W. E. B. Du Bois

Does Race Matter?

Biological Meaning

Social Construction of Race

Sociology and the Study of Race and Ethnicity

Stratification by Class and Gender

Theoretical Perspectives

The Creation of Subordinate-Group Status




The Consequences of Subordinate-Group Status







The Pluralist Perspective

Biracial and Multiracial Identity–Who Am I?

Research Focus: Measuring Multiculturalism

Resistance and Change

Chapter 2 Prejudice

Hate Crimes

Prejudice and Discrimination

Merton’s Typology

LaPiere’s Study

Theories of Prejudice

Scapegoating Theory

Authoritarian Personality Theory

Exploitation Theory

Normative Approach


What Are Stereotypes?

Listen to Our Voices: National Media Should Stop Using Obscene Words, by Tim Giago

Power of Stereotypes

Stereotyping in Action: Racial Profiling

Color-Blind Racism

The Mood of the Oppressed

Intergroup Hostility

Reducing Prejudice


Mass Media

Avoidance versus Friendship

Research Focus: Few of My Best Friends Are . . .

Corporate Response: Diversity Training

Ways to Fight Hate

Chapter 3 Discrimination

Understanding Discrimination

A Global View: The Roma: A Thousand Years of Discrimination

Relative versus Absolute Deprivation

Total Discrimination

Institutional Discrimination

Listen to Our Voices: Of Race and Risk, by Patricia J. Williams

Research Focus:Discrimination in Job Seeking

Low-Wage Labor

Discrimination Today

Measuring Discrimination

Eliminating Discrimination

Wealth Inequality: Discrimination’s Legacy

Environmental Justice

Affirmative Action

Affirmative Action Explained

The Legal Debate

Reverse Discrimination

The Glass Ceiling

Part II Ethnic And Religious Sources Of Conflict

Chapter 4 Immigration

Immigration: A Global Phenomenon

Patterns of Immigration to the United States

Today’s Foreign-Born Population

Early Immigration

The Anti-Chinese Movement

Restrictionist Sentiment Increases

The National Origin System

The 1965 Immigration and Nationality Act

Contemporary Social Concerns

The Brain Drain

Population Growth

Mixed-Status Families

Language Barriers

Illegal Immigration

Path to Citizenship: Naturalization

A Global View: Immigration and South Africa

The Economic Impact of Immigration

Listen to Our Voices: The Next Americans, by Tomás R. Jiménez

Women and Immigration

The Global Economy and Immigration

Research Focus:Assimilation May Be Hazardous to Your Health


Chapter 5 Ethnicity and Religion

Ethnic Diversity

Why Don’t We Study Whiteness?

Listen to Our Voices: I Was Born in Tirana, by Harallamb Terba


White Privilege

The Rediscovery of Ethnicity

The Third-Generation Principle

Symbolic Ethnicity

The German Americans

Settlement Patterns

Twentieth-Century German America

The Irish Americans

Irish Immigration

Becoming White

The Contemporary Picture

The Italian Americans

Early Immigration

Constructing Identity

The Contemporary Picture

Research Focus: Immigrants: Yesterday and Today

The Polish Americans

Early Immigration


The Contemporary Picture

Religious Pluralism

Diversity among Roman Catholics

Diversity among Protestants

Religion and the Courts

Limits of Religious Freedom: The Amish

The Amish Way of Life

The Amish and Larger Society

Part III Major Racial and Ethnic Minority Groups in the United States

Chapter 6 Native Americans

Early European Contacts

Treaties and Warfare

The Case of the Sioux

The Allotment Act

The Reorganization Act

Reservation Life and Federal Policies

A Global View:Australia’s Aboriginal People

Native American Legal Claims

The Termination Act

Employment Assistance Program

Collective Action

Protest Efforts

Collective Action: An Overview

American Indian Identity


Individual Identity

Native Americans Today

Listen to Our Voices: Iyeska: Notes from Mixed-Blood Country, by Charles A. Trimble

Economic Development


Research Focus:Learning the Navajo Way

Health Care

Religious and Spiritual Expression


Chapter 7 The Making of African Americans in a White America


Slave Codes

African Americans and Africa

The Attack on Slavery

Slavery’s Aftermath

Reparations for Slavery

The Challenge of Black Leadership

The Politics of Accommodation

The Niagara Movement

Reemergence of Black Protest

Research Focus: Sundown Towns, USA

The Civil Rights Movement

Struggle to Desegregate the Schools

Civil Disobedience

Listen to Our Voices:Letter from Birmingham Jail, by Martin Luther King, Jr.

Urban Violence and Oppression

Black Power

The Religious Force

The New Immigration

Chapter 8 African Americans Today


Quality and Quantity of Education

School Segregation

Acting White, Acting Black, or Neither

Higher Education

The Economic Picture

Income and Wealth


Family Life

Challenges to Family Stability

Strengths of African American Families

The African American Middle Class

Listen to Our Voices: Divided, by Mary Pattillo


Residential Segregation

Criminal Justice

Research Focus: Medical Apartheid

Health Care


Chapter 9 Hispanic Americans

Latino Identity

The Economic Picture

The Growing Political Presence

The Borderlands

Research Focus:English-Language Acquisition

Cuban Americans


Listen to Our Voices:Leaving Cuba, by Alfredo Jimenez

The Current Picture

Central and South Americans


The Current Picture

A Global View:The Salvadoran Connection

Chapter 10 Mexican Americans and Puerto Ricans

Mexican Americans

The Immigrant Experience

The Economic Picture

Political Organizations

Puerto Ricans

The Bridge between the Island and the Mainland

The Island of Puerto Rico

Listen to Our Voices:¡Viva Vieques! by Martín St. Espada

The Island Economy

The Contemporary Picture of Mexican Americans and Puerto Ricans


Family Life

Health Care

Research Focus:The Latino Family Circle: Familism


Chapter 11 Muslim and Arab Americans: Diverse Minorities

Arab Americans

Muslim Americans

Black Muslims

Immigration to the United States

Contemporary Life in the United States

Family Life and Gender

Research Focus: Christian and Muslim Arab American Women’s Gender Roles



A Global View:Muslims in France

Issues of Prejudice and Discrimination

Listen to Our Voices: Hate Crime Punished, by James Zogby

Chapter 12 Asian Americans: Growth and Diversity

The “Model-Minority” Image Explored

Education and the Economy

The Door Half Open

Political Activity and Pan-Asian Identity

Listen to Our Voices:Asian America Still Discovering Elusive Identity, by Jean Han

Diversity among Asian Americans

Asian Indians


The Current Picture

Filipino Americans

Immigration Patterns

Research Focus:Arranged Marriages in America

The Current Picture

Southeast Asian Americans

The Refugees

The Current Picture

Case Study: A Hmong Community

Korean Americans

Historical Background

The Current Picture

Hawai’i and Its People

Historical Background

The Current Picture

Chapter 13 Chinese Americans and Japanese Americans

Chinese Americans

Early Settlement Patterns

Occupational Profile of Chinese Americans

Chinatowns Today

Family Life

Research Focus:Cultural Capital, Social Capital, and Chinatowns Today

Japanese Americans

Early Japanese Immigration

The Wartime Evacuation

The Economic Picture

Family Life

Remnants of Prejudice and Discrimination

Listen to Our Voices: From Kawasaki to Chicago, by Miku Ishii

Chapter 14 Jewish Americans: Quest to Maintain Identity

The Jewish People: Race, Religion, or Ethnic Group?

A Global View: Argentina’s Jewish Community

Immigration of Jews to the United States

Anti-Semitism: Past and Present


The Holocaust

U.S. Anti-Semitism: Past

Listen to Our Voices:Night, by Elie Wiesel

Contemporary Anti-Semitism

Position of Jewish Americans

Employment and Income


Political Activity

Religious Life

The Orthodox Tradition

The Reform Tradition

Jewish Identity

Role of the Family

Role of Religion

Research Focus:Intermarriage:The Final Step to Assimilation?

Role of Cultural Heritage

Part IV Other Patterns Of Dominance

Chapter 15 Women: The Oppressed Majority

Gender Roles

Sociological Perspectives

The Feminist Movement

The Suffrage Movement

The Women’s Liberation Movement

The Economic Picture

Sources of Discrimination

Sexual Harassment

Listen to Our Voices: What Do Women and Men Want? by Kathleen Gerson

Feminization of Poverty


Research Focus:Child Care and the Gender Divide

Family Life

Child Care and Housework


Political Activity

Matrix of Domination: Minority Women

A Global View:Women Elected Officials: Rwanda and Beyond

Chapter 16 Beyond the United States: The Comparative Perspective

Mexico: Diversity South of the Border

The Mexican Indian People and the Color Gradient

The Status of Women

Canada: Multiculturalism Up North

The First Nation

The Québécois

Immigration and Race

Brazil: Not a Racial Paradise

Legacy of Slavery

The “Racial Democracy” Illusion

Brazilian Dilemma

Israel and the Palestinians

Arab—Israeli Conflicts

The Intifada

The Search for Solutions amid Violence

Republic of South Africa

The Legacy of Colonialism


The Era of Reconciliation and Moving On

Listen to Our Voices: Africa, It Is Ours! by Nelson Mandela

Research Focus:Listening to the People

Chapter 17 Overcoming Exclusion

The Aged: A Social Minority

Who Are the Elderly?


Research Focus: Passing on the Old Job Applicant

The Economic Picture

Advocacy Efforts by the Elderly

People with Disabilities: Moving On

Disability in Contemporary Society

Labeling the Disabled

Listen to Our Voices:The Magic Wand, by Lynn Manning

Advocacy for Disability Rights

Gays and Lesbians: Coming Out for Equality

Being Gay and Lesbian in the United States

Prejudice and Discrimination

Advocacy for Gay and Lesbian Rights

The Glass Half Empty

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