Twenty-First Century Color Lines: Multiracial Change in Contemporary America

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The result of work initiated by the Harvard Civil Rights Project, this collection provides an excellent overview of the contemporary racial and ethnic terrain in the United States. The well-respected contributors to Twenty-First Century Color Lines combine theoretical and empirical perspectives, answering fundamental questions about the present and future of multiracialism in the United States: How are racial and ethnic identities promoted and defended across a spectrum of social, geopolitical and cultural contexts? What do two generations of demographic and social shifts around issues of race look like "on the ground?" What are the socio-cultural implications of changing demographics in the U.S.? And what do the answers to these questions portend for our multiracial future?

This illuminating book addresses issues of work, education, family life and nationality for different ethnic groups, including Asians and Latinos as well as African Americans and whites. Such diversity, gathered here in one volume, provides new perspectives on ethnicity in a society marked by profound racial transformations.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781592136926
  • Publisher: Temple University Press
  • Publication date: 11/28/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 328
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Andrew Grant-Thomas is Deputy Director of The Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at The Ohio State University

Gary Orfield is Professor of Education, Law, Political Science and Urban Planning at The University of California, Los Angeles, and Co-Director of the Civil Rights Project.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: The Past as Racial Prologue? 
1. Color Lines in a Multiracial Nation: An Institutional Demographic Overview of the United States in the Twenty-First Century

Part I: Foundations of Multiracial Inequality 
2. Color Lines in the Mind: Implicit Prejudice, Discrimination, and the Potential for Change 
3. Structural Racism and Color Lines in the United States

Part II: Ambiguities of Racial and Ethnic Identity 
4. "We Are Not Like Them": Social Distancing and Realignment in the U.S. Latino Racial Hierarchy 
5. The Paradox of the Puerto Rican Race: The Interplay of Racism and Nationalism under U.S. Colonialism 
6. Shared Fates in Asian Transracial Adoption: Korean Adoptee Experiences of Difference in Their Families

Part III: Negotiating Change: Group Interaction on the Ground 
7. Multiracial Youth Scenes and the Dynamics of Race: New Approaches to Racialization within the Bay Area Hip Hop Underground 
8. Toward Diversity That Works: Building Communities through Arts and Culture 
9. Commonality in Values across the Racial Divide 
10. Immigrant Political Empowerment in New York and Los Angeles

Part IV: The Road Ahead? 
11. To Be Continued? The "Problem of the Color Line" in the Twenty-First Century

Conclusion: Color Lines, the New Society, and the Responsibility of Scholars 

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