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For courses in Majority-Minority Relations, Racial and Ethnic Relations, Cultural Diversity, and Multiculturalism in departments of Sociology and Ethnic Studies.

Racial and Ethnic Relation, 9/e, examines the “what”, “why”, and “how” of racial and ethnic oppression and conflict.

Drawing on a broad array of sources, this text provides readers with access to important research and literature on racial and ethnic groups in the Unites States and, to a lesser extent, in certain other countries around the globe.

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A text for sociology and other social science courses in racial and ethnic relations, drawing on perspectives from sociology, political science, anthropology, history, journalism, and law. Part I looks at the origins of the racial and ethnic diversity of the US and major theories in the field. Part II discusses immigrant and assimilation experiences of groups such as English, Irish, Jewish, African, and Asian Americans, and the experiences of Native Americans. This fifth edition offers material on the biologized concept of race, reverse discrimination, and Afrocentric theories. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780132244046
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
  • Publication date: 9/13/2007
  • Series: MySearchLab Series for Sociology Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 8
  • Pages: 528
  • Product dimensions: 8.10 (w) x 10.30 (h) x 0.98 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Joe Feagin, currently Ella C. McFadden Professor at Texas A & M University, was born in San Angelo (Texas), got his early education in Houston, and graduated from Baylor University in 1960. He acquired his Ph.D. in sociology at Harvard University in 1966. Feagin has taught at the University of Massachusetts (Boston), University of California (Riverside), University of Texas, University of Florida, and Texas A&M University. Dr. Feagin has done much research and conceptual work on race, racism, and sexism issues and has served as the Scholar-in-Residence at the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. He has written 58 scholarly books and nearly 200 scholarly articles in his research areas.

Feagin’s major books include Systemic Racism (Routledge 2006), Social Problems: A Power-Conflict Perspective (6th ed., Prentice-Hall, 2006); Liberation Sociology, with H. Vera (Westview, 2001); Racist America (Routledge 2000); The First R: How Children Learn Race and Racism, with D. Van Ausdale (Rowman & Littlefield 2001); Racial and Ethnic Relations, with C. Feagin (7th ed.; Prentice-Hall 2008); The Many Costs of Racism, with K. McKinney (Rowman & Littlefield 2003); White Men on Race, with E. O'Brien (Beacon 2003); Black in Blue: African-American Police Officers and Racism, with K. Bolton (Routledge 2004); Two Faced Racism: Whites in the Backstage and Frontstage, with L. Picca (Routledge 2007); and The White Racial Frame (Routledge 2010).

Feagin’s books have won numerous national and professional association prizes; his book, Ghetto Revolts (Macmillan 1973), was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. He is the 2006 recipient of a Harvard Alumni Association lifetime achievement award and was the 1999-2000 president of the American Sociological Association.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Pt. I The Racial and Ethnic Mosaic 1
1 Basic Concepts in the Study of Racial and Ethnic Relations 4
2 Adaptation and Conflict: Racial and Ethnic Relations in Theoretical Perspective 30
Pt. II A Nation of Immigrants: An Overview of the Economic and Political Conditions of Selected Racial and Ethnic Groups 65
3 English Americans and the Anglo-Protestant Culture 75
4 Irish Americans 103
5 Italian Americans 134
6 Jewish Americans 161
7 Native Americans 197
8 African Americans 236
9 Mexican Americans 291
10 Puerto Rican and Cuban Americans 336
11 Japanese Americans 380
12 Chinese, Filipino, Korean, Vietnamese, and Asian-Indian Americans 414
13 The Future of Racial and Ethnic Relations in the United States 457
14 Colonialism and Post-Colonialism: The Global Expansion of Racism 474
Glossary 506
Notes 510
Photo Credits 554
Index 555
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Preface

OVER THE PAST FEW DECADES, NUMEROUS SCHOLARS, JOURNALISTS, AND POLITICIANS have argued that there is a "declining significance of race" or an "end to racism" in the United States. They have written or spoken optimistically about the decrease in discrimination and the improving character of racial and ethnic relations in this country. Over the same period of time, however, the scholarly journals and mass media have been filled with accounts of violent hate crimes targeting people of color, accounts of the violent views and actions of white supremacist groups, discussions of many lawsuits over racial discrimination in employment and public accommodations, studies showing widespread housing discrimination, descriptions of community rebellions against local police brutality incidents, and controversies over affirmative action and other anti-discrimination programs. In recent years, we have also seen intense debates about the character and impact of the recent immigrants to the United States, many of whom are immigrants of color from Latin American or Asian countries.

As we move into the new millennium, there is much scholarly and public discussion and argument about racial and ethnic discrimination, oppression, and conflict. Contrary to what some scholars and journalists assert, this debate reflects the underlying social, economic, and political realities in the United States. Today, many Americans are well aware, or are becoming aware, of the continuing significance of "race," racism, and ethnicity, not only in this country but also in other countries—from the Republic of South Africa to Northern Ireland, the former Yugoslavia, the former Soviet Union, and the MiddleEast. Racial and ethnic oppression and conflict are extraordinarily important in the modern world and have the potential to tear apart any country, including highly industrialized countries.

One result of the reinvigorated interest in racial and ethnic issues in many areas of the United States is the creation of college and university courses that focus on racial and ethnic divisions, cultural diversity, and multicultural or multiracial issues. We have revised this seventh edition of Racial and Ethnic Relations with this growing interest in U.S. racial and ethnic heritages, developments, conflicts, and coalitions in mind. This textbook is designed for sociology courses, other social science courses, and education courses variously titled Racial and Ethnic Relations, Race Relations, Minority Groups, and Minority Relations, and also for various other courses on cultural diversity, multiculturalism, and racial and ethnic groups offered in college, university, business, and governmental settings.

One purpose of this book is to provide readers with access to the important literature on racial and ethnic groups in the United States and, to a lesser extent, in certain other countries around the globe. We have drawn on a broad array of sources, including articles, books, and other data analyses by sociologists, political scientists, social psychologists, anthropologists, historians, economists, investigative journalists, and legal scholars.

We have limited space, so we have not been able to deal with all the important racial and ethnic groups in the United States. Instead, we have focused on a modest number of major racial and ethnic groups, generally preferring to accent depth rather than breadth in the analyses. In recent decades, social science analyses have begun to dig deeper into the "what," "why," and "how" of racial and ethnic oppression and conflict. We draw heavily on this ever-growing research.

The introduction to Part I looks briefly at the origins of the racial and ethnic mosaic that is the United States. It serves as an introduction to Chapters 1 and 2, which discuss major concepts and theories in the study of racial and ethnic relations. The introduction to Part II sketches the political and economic history of the United States in order to provide the context for understanding the adaptation and oppression of the various immigrant groups that have come, voluntarily or involuntarily, to U .S. shores. Only one major group, Native Americans (Indians), cannot be viewed as such immigrants; indeed, as the original inhabitants of this continent, they were often the victims of actions by the early immigrants (colonists) from outside North America. The situations and experiences of Native American societies and the various groups that have immigrated to North America are considered in Chapters 3-13. In Part III, Chapter 14 moves away from the United States to look at patterns of racial and ethnic relations in several other countries around the world, including France, South Africa, and Brazil. In the latter two cases, we examine how global patterns of racial oppression and conflict have often been developed or fostered by the outside European colonizers and their descendants during the colonial and decolonization periods in the histories of such countries.

In this seventh edition of Racial and Ethnic Relations we have updated each chapter with much new material and research, such as that on housing discrimination facing Latinos in Chapters 8 and 9. We have added a new and timely chapter on Arab Americans, many of whom have recently immigrated from the Middle East. In several chapters we give expanded attention to new conceptual approaches to racial and ethnic relations. For example, in Chapter 2 and elsewhere, we explore how new theorizing about assimilation and racial and ethnic discrimination is forcing a deeper probing of the dimensions and variations in intergroup relationships and adaptation, including the sometimes negative consequences of group integration into the dominant culture. Where possible in the group chapters, we have given attention to current events and issues. In addition, in Chapter 13 we deal with the increasingly multiracial and multicultural character of U.S. society. We examine the implications of the forecasts by demographers that by the middle of the twenty-first century the United States will become a country whose population majority is composed of Latino, African, Asian, Middle Eastern, and Native Americans.

SUPPLEMENTS

Test Item File

This carefully prepared manual offers test questions in multiple-choice, true /false, and essay formats. All questions are keyed to the text.

MAC/WIN Prentice Hall Test Manager

This computerized software allows instructors to create their own personalized exams, to edit any or all test questions, and to add new questions. Other special features of this program, which is available for Windows and Macintosh, include random generation of an item set, creation of alternate versions of the same test, scrambling question sequence, and test preview before printing.

ABC News/Prentice Hall Video Library for Race and Ethnic Relations

Selected video segments from award-winning ABC News programs such as Nightline, ABC World News Tonight, and 20/20 accompany topics featured in the text. Please contact your Prentice Hall representative for more details.

Companion Website™

In tandem with the text, students can now take full advantage of the Internet to enrich their study of racial and ethnic relations. Features of the Website include chapter objectives, study questions, and links to The New York Times and the USA Today Census 2000, as well as other interesting links on the Web that can reinforce and enhance the content of each chapter. Use of the site is free to all students and faculty. Visit the Website at

A Prentice Hall Guide to Evaluating Online Resources, Sociology, 2003

This guide provides a brief introduction to navigating the Internet, along with references related specifically to the discipline of sociology. Also included with the guide is access to ContentSelect. Developed by Prentice Hall and EBSCO, the world leader in online journal subscription management, ContentSelect is a customized research database for students of sociology, and is free to students when packaged with this text.

Census2000 Interactive CD-ROM

Capturing the rich picture of our nation drawn by Census2000, this CD-ROM brings related census data—including audio, video, and actual reports in PDF format-into your classroom in a multimedia format. It is free when packaged with this text.

10 Ways to Fight Hate Brochure

Produced by the Southern Poverty Law Center, the leading crime-watch organization and authority on hate-crime in the United States, this brochure walks students through ten steps that they can take on their own campus or in their own neighborhood to fight hate every day. It is free when packaged with this text.

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Introduction

OVER THE PAST FEW DECADES, NUMEROUS SCHOLARS, JOURNALISTS, AND POLITICIANS have argued that there is a "declining significance of race" or an "end to racism" in the United States. They have written or spoken optimistically about the decrease in discrimination and the improving character of racial and ethnic relations in this country. Over the same period of time, however, the scholarly journals and mass media have been filled with accounts of violent hate crimes targeting people of color, accounts of the violent views and actions of white supremacist groups, discussions of many lawsuits over racial discrimination in employment and public accommodations, studies showing widespread housing discrimination, descriptions of community rebellions against local police brutality incidents, and controversies over affirmative action and other anti-discrimination programs. In recent years, we have also seen intense debates about the character and impact of the recent immigrants to the United States, many of whom are immigrants of color from Latin American or Asian countries.

As we move into the new millennium, there is much scholarly and public discussion and argument about racial and ethnic discrimination, oppression, and conflict. Contrary to what some scholars and journalists assert, this debate reflects the underlying social, economic, and political realities in the United States. Today, many Americans are well aware, or are becoming aware, of the continuing significance of "race," racism, and ethnicity, not only in this country but also in other countries—from the Republic of South Africa to Northern Ireland, the former Yugoslavia, the former Soviet Union, and the MiddleEast. Racial and ethnic oppression and conflict are extraordinarily important in the modern world and have the potential to tear apart any country, including highly industrialized countries.

One result of the reinvigorated interest in racial and ethnic issues in many areas of the United States is the creation of college and university courses that focus on racial and ethnic divisions, cultural diversity, and multicultural or multiracial issues. We have revised this seventh edition of Racial and Ethnic Relations with this growing interest in U.S. racial and ethnic heritages, developments, conflicts, and coalitions in mind. This textbook is designed for sociology courses, other social science courses, and education courses variously titled Racial and Ethnic Relations, Race Relations, Minority Groups, and Minority Relations, and also for various other courses on cultural diversity, multiculturalism, and racial and ethnic groups offered in college, university, business, and governmental settings.

One purpose of this book is to provide readers with access to the important literature on racial and ethnic groups in the United States and, to a lesser extent, in certain other countries around the globe. We have drawn on a broad array of sources, including articles, books, and other data analyses by sociologists, political scientists, social psychologists, anthropologists, historians, economists, investigative journalists, and legal scholars.

We have limited space, so we have not been able to deal with all the important racial and ethnic groups in the United States. Instead, we have focused on a modest number of major racial and ethnic groups, generally preferring to accent depth rather than breadth in the analyses. In recent decades, social science analyses have begun to dig deeper into the "what," "why," and "how" of racial and ethnic oppression and conflict. We draw heavily on this ever-growing research.

The introduction to Part I looks briefly at the origins of the racial and ethnic mosaic that is the United States. It serves as an introduction to Chapters 1 and 2, which discuss major concepts and theories in the study of racial and ethnic relations. The introduction to Part II sketches the political and economic history of the United States in order to provide the context for understanding the adaptation and oppression of the various immigrant groups that have come, voluntarily or involuntarily, to U .S. shores. Only one major group, Native Americans (Indians), cannot be viewed as such immigrants; indeed, as the original inhabitants of this continent, they were often the victims of actions by the early immigrants (colonists) from outside North America. The situations and experiences of Native American societies and the various groups that have immigrated to North America are considered in Chapters 3-13. In Part III, Chapter 14 moves away from the United States to look at patterns of racial and ethnic relations in several other countries around the world, including France, South Africa, and Brazil. In the latter two cases, we examine how global patterns of racial oppression and conflict have often been developed or fostered by the outside European colonizers and their descendants during the colonial and decolonization periods in the histories of such countries.

In this seventh edition of Racial and Ethnic Relations we have updated each chapter with much new material and research, such as that on housing discrimination facing Latinos in Chapters 8 and 9. We have added a new and timely chapter on Arab Americans, many of whom have recently immigrated from the Middle East. In several chapters we give expanded attention to new conceptual approaches to racial and ethnic relations. For example, in Chapter 2 and elsewhere, we explore how new theorizing about assimilation and racial and ethnic discrimination is forcing a deeper probing of the dimensions and variations in intergroup relationships and adaptation, including the sometimes negative consequences of group integration into the dominant culture. Where possible in the group chapters, we have given attention to current events and issues. In addition, in Chapter 13 we deal with the increasingly multiracial and multicultural character of U.S. society. We examine the implications of the forecasts by demographers that by the middle of the twenty-first century the United States will become a country whose population majority is composed of Latino, African, Asian, Middle Eastern, and Native Americans.

SUPPLEMENTS

Test Item File

This carefully prepared manual offers test questions in multiple-choice, true /false, and essay formats. All questions are keyed to the text.

MAC/WIN Prentice Hall Test Manager

This computerized software allows instructors to create their own personalized exams, to edit any or all test questions, and to add new questions. Other special features of this program, which is available for Windows and Macintosh, include random generation of an item set, creation of alternate versions of the same test, scrambling question sequence, and test preview before printing.

ABC News/Prentice Hall Video Library for Race and Ethnic Relations

Selected video segments from award-winning ABC News programs such as Nightline, ABC World News Tonight, and 20/20 accompany topics featured in the text. Please contact your Prentice Hall representative for more details.

Companion Website™

In tandem with the text, students can now take full advantage of the Internet to enrich their study of racial and ethnic relations. Features of the Website include chapter objectives, study questions, and links to The New York Times and the USA Today Census 2000, as well as other interesting links on the Web that can reinforce and enhance the content of each chapter. Use of the site is free to all students and faculty. Visit the Website

A Prentice Hall Guide to Evaluating Online Resources, Sociology, 2003

This guide provides a brief introduction to navigating the Internet, along with references related specifically to the discipline of sociology. Also included with the guide is access to ContentSelect. Developed by Prentice Hall and EBSCO, the world leader in online journal subscription management, ContentSelect is a customized research database for students of sociology, and is free to students when packaged with this text.

Census2000 Interactive CD-ROM

Capturing the rich picture of our nation drawn by Census2000, this CD-ROM brings related census data—including audio, video, and actual reports in PDF format-into your classroom in a multimedia format. It is free when packaged with this text.

10 Ways to Fight Hate Brochure

Produced by the Southern Poverty Law Center, the leading crime-watch organization and authority on hate-crime in the United States, this brochure walks students through ten steps that they can take on their own campus or in their own neighborhood to fight hate every day. It is free when packaged with this text.

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