The Racial Middle: Latinos and Asian Americans Living Beyond the Racial Divide

The Racial Middle: Latinos and Asian Americans Living Beyond the Racial Divide

by Eileen O'Brien
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0814762158

ISBN-13: 9780814762158

Pub. Date: 06/01/2008

Publisher: New York University Press

The divide over race is usually framed as one over Black and White. Sociologist Eileen O'Brien is interested in that middle terrain, what sits in the ever-increasing gray area she dubs "the racial middle."

The Racial Middle tells the story of the "other" racial and ethnic groups in America, mainly Latinos and Asian Americans, two of the largest and

Overview

The divide over race is usually framed as one over Black and White. Sociologist Eileen O'Brien is interested in that middle terrain, what sits in the ever-increasing gray area she dubs "the racial middle."

The Racial Middle tells the story of the "other" racial and ethnic groups in America, mainly Latinos and Asian Americans, two of the largest and fastest-growing minorities in the United States. O'Brien offers a wholly unique analysis of their own distinctive experiences-those that aren't typically White nor Black-and keenly observes that these groups' struggles with discrimination, their perceived isolation from members of other races, and even how they define racial justice, are all significant realities that inform their daily lives and, importantly, influence their opportunities for advancement in society.

A refreshing and lively approach to understanding race and ethnicity in the twenty-first century, The Racial Middle gives voice to Latinos and Asian Americans' place in this country's increasingly complex racial mosaic.

About the Author:
Eileen O'Brien is Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Richmond

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814762158
Publisher:
New York University Press
Publication date:
06/01/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.40(d)

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     vii
The Panethnic Racial Middle     1
The Meanings of Race and Ethnicity from the Racial Middle (with Catherine Estevez)     29
Reshaping Racist Ideology from the Middle     61
Interracial Border Crossing: Commonalities and Diversions in the Racial Middle     95
"No racism, only that one time ...": Clinging to the American Dream, Despite Exclusion     124
Progressives: Seeing Race through Multiple Lenses     163
The Potential of the Racial Middle     200
Interview Guide     219
Respondent Information     224
Notes     227
Index     237
About the Author     243

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