The Perennial Struggle: Race, Ethnicity and Minority Group Relations in the United States / Edition 2

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This dynamic book uses a multidisciplinary approach, yet stays consistent in its theme and style. It integrates materials and approaches from several perspectives smoothly and effectively to make the content more comprehensive and interesting. Contributions towards race and ethnic relations are presented from the social sciences: history, economics, social psychology, sociology, anthropology and political science. The insightful volume is organized into an analytical framework: six different chapters contrast different minority groups at varying stages to review each group's reaction and strategic and tactical approach to coping with its minority status. It discusses the complex processes of race and ethnic relations within society while emphasizing public policy and its effect on groups in minority status. For a comprehensive understanding of minority group politics and ethnic relations—with a broad selection of groups, historical perspectives, and current experiences.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780131781115
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
  • Publication date: 7/1/2004
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 6.94 (w) x 9.26 (h) x 0.91 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface xi
Chapter 1 The Language of the Struggle: The Basic Concepts of Majority/Minority Relations 1
We/They and Group Identity 1
Dimensions of Personal Identity 2
Degree of Group Identity 4
Majority Group 6
Minority Group 6
Ethnicity 7
Race 8
Racial Minority Groups 9
Prejudice 10
Discrimination 13
Segregation 15
Social Stratification 16
Bases for Minority Status 18
Political Implications 18
Coping Strategies 19
Acculturation and Assimilation 20
Integration 21
Amalgamation and Accommodation 22
Pluralism 25
Summary 26
Key Terms 26
Review Questions 27
Notes 27
Further Reference 28
Case Study 1.1 Should America Be a Melting Pot? 31
Chapter 2 Strategies of the Struggle: Theories of Race Relations and Methods of Coping with Minority Status 33
Theories of Assimilation 37
The Psychological Approach 39
The Social-Psychological Approach 41
The Sociological Approach 42
The Economic Approach 43
The Systems Dynamic Perspective 44
A Systems Model of Incorporation 45
Operational Indicators of the Model 48
Strategies for Coping with Minority Status 51
Accommodation 52
Separatism 60
Radicalism 61
Summary 64
Key Terms 65
Review Questions 66
Notes 66
Further Reference 67
Case Study 2.1 The Mythical Image of Arab Americans: From Bad to Worse 69
Chapter 3 The Strategy of Accommodation: The Economic Route 73
Asian Americans 73
Chinese Americans 75
Japanese Americans 81
Korean Americans 89
European Immigrants 91
German Americans 91
Scandinavian Americans 94
Greek Americans 96
Hispanic Americans 100
Chicano Americans 103
Puerto Rican Americans 106
Cuban Americans 107
Black Americans 109
The History of Arab-American Immigration 116
Summary 119
Key Terms 120
Review Questions 120
Notes 121
Further Reference 121
Case Study 3.1 Booker T. Washington's Atlanta Compromise Address 123
Chapter 4 The Strategy of Accommodation: The Political Route 125
Irish Americans 126
Italian Americans 130
Greek Americans 137
Slavic Americans 141
Polish Americans 142
Russian Americans 145
Jewish Americans 147
Hispanic Americans 150
Black Americans 154
Summary 159
Key Terms 160
Review Questions 160
Notes 160
Further Reference 161
Case Study 4.1 The Greeks Have Made It 163
Chapter 5 The Strategy of Separatism: Physical Separatism 167
The Amish and Mennonites 168
The Mormons 174
Native Americans 185
Black Nationalism: Marcus Garvey and "Back to Africa" 194
Summary 199
Key Terms 200
Review Questions 200
Notes 200
Further Reference 201
Case Study 5.1 Seeking to Sustain Sovereignty 204
Chapter 6 The Strategy of Separatism: Psychological Separatism 208
The Black Muslims 208
Hasidic Jews 221
Summary 225
Key Terms 226
Review Questions 226
Notes 226
Further Reference 227
Case Study 6.1 American Muslims: Their Struggle to Unify 229
Chapter 7 Old-Style Radicalism 234
Socialism 235
Communism 241
Fascism 254
Nazism 259
Summary 262
Key Terms 263
Review Questions 264
Notes 264
Further Reference 265
Case Study 7.1 The Communist Party and the Scottsboro Defense 267
Chapter 8 New-Style Radicalism 270
The Modern Black Civil Rights Movement 271
Brown Power: The Hispanic Protest Movement 286
Red Power: The Native-American Protest Movement 297
Summary 303
Key Terms 304
Review Questions 304
Notes 305
Further Reference 305
Case Study 8.1 Martin Luther King, Jr.: "Letter from a Birmingham Jail" 309
Chapter 9 Arenas of the Struggle 318
Education 319
Employment 326
Housing 336
Immigration 343
Law Enforcement 355
Political Participation 363
Summary 371
Key Terms 373
Review Questions 374
Notes 374
Further Reference 374
Case Study 9.1 American Diversity into the Twenty-First Century 379
Bibliography 382
Author Index 404
Subject Index 405
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