Understanding Race and Ethnic Relations / Edition 4

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Overview

Introducing the core theories, concepts, and issues concerning race and ethnic relations in the United States.

Based on the top-selling title by the same author, Strangers to These Shores, this book provides a framework for understanding the interpersonal dynamics and the larger context of changing intergroup relations.

Following a presentation of introductory concepts in the first chapter—particularly that of the stranger as a social phenomenon and the concept of the Dillingham Flaw—the first group of chapters examines differences in culture, reality perceptions, social class, and power as reasons for intergroup conflict. These chapters also look at the dominant group’s varying expectations about how minorities should “fit” into its society. Chapters 2 and 3 include coverage of some middle-range conflict and interactionist theories. Chapters 4 and 5 explore the dimensions and interrelationships of prejudice and discrimination, and Chapter 6 covers the dominant–minority response patterns so common across different groups and time periods. This chapter presents middle-range conflict theories about economic exploitation too. Chapter 7 employs holistic sociological concepts in discussing ethnic consciousness; ethnicity as a social process; current racial and ethnic issues, fears, and reactions; and the various indicators of U.S. diversity in the 21st century.

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Editorial Reviews

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Theresa Gilbertson, University of Southern Florida Sarasota-Manatee

Nekehia Quashie, University of Utah

“Overall, this book provides comprehensive insight into the foundations of the relationships and interactions we observe between racial and ethnic groups both historically and contemporaneously.”

Nekehia Quashie, University of Utah

“Parrillo's expertise in issues of ethnicity, culture, and diversity make him a most credible author whose writing style is both stimulating and easy to ‘digest'.”

Theresa Gilbertson, University of Southern Florida Sarasota-Manatee

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205792009
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 3/11/2011
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 118,086
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Born and raised in Paterson, New Jersey, Vincent N. Parrillo experienced multiculturalism early as the son of a second-generation Italian American father and Irish/German American mother. He grew up in an ethnically diverse neighborhood, developing friendships and teenage romances with second- and third-generation Dutch, German, Italian, and Polish Americans. As he grew older, he developed other friendships that frequently crossed racial and religious lines.

Professor Parrillo came to the field of sociology after first completing a bachelor’s degree in business management and a master’s degree in English. After teaching high school English and then serving as a college administrator, he took his first sociology course when he began doctoral studies at Rutgers University. Inspired by a discipline that scientifically investigates social issues, he changed his major and completed his degree in sociology.

Leaving his administrative post but staying at William Paterson University, Prof. Parrillo has since taught sociology for more than 30 years. He has lectured throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe and has regularly conducted diversity leadership programs for the military and large corporations. His keynote address at a bilingual educators’ conference was published in Vital Speeches of the Day, which normally contains only speeches by national political leaders and heads of corporations and organizations.

Prof. Parrillo was a Fulbright Scholar in the Czech Republic and Scholar-in-Residence at the University of Pisa. He was the keynote speaker at international conferences in Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Germany, Italy, Poland, and Sweden. He has met with government leaders, nongovernment agency leaders, law enforcement officials, and educators in more than a dozen countries as a consultant on immigration policy, hate crimes, and multicultural education. He has done on-air interviews with Radio Free Europe and Voice of America, appeared on national Canadian television, and been interviewed by numerous Canadian and European reporters.

Prof. Parrillo’s ventures into U.S. media include writing, narrating, and producing two PBS award-winning documentaries, Ellis Island: Gateway to America and Smokestacks and Steeples: A Portrait of Paterson. Contacted by reporters across the nation for his views on race and ethnic relations, he has been quoted in dozens of newspapers, including the Chicago Sun-Times, Cincinnati Inquirer, Houston Chronicle, Hartford Courant, Omaha World-Herald, Orlando Sentinel, and Virginian Pilot. He has appeared on numerous U.S. radio and television programs.

Prof. Parrillo is also the author of Strangers to These Shores, tenth edition, Contemporary Social Problems, sixth edition (Allyn & Bacon), Cities and Urban Life, fourth edition (with John Macionis), Diversity in America, second edition, and Rethinking Today’s Minorities. His articles and book reviews have appeared in journals such as The Social Science Journal, Sociological Forum, Social Forces, Journal of Comparative Family Studies, Journal of American Ethnic History, and the Encyclopedia of American Immigration. He is General Editor of the Encyclopedia of Sociology for Sage Publications. Several of his books and articles have been translated into other languages, including Chinese, Czech, Danish, German, Italian, Japanese, Polish, and Swedish.

An active participant in various capacities throughout the years in the American Sociological Association and Eastern Sociological Society, Prof. Parrillo has been listed in Who’s Who in International Education, Outstanding Educators of America, American Men and Women of Science, and Who’s Who in the East. In 2004, he received the Award for Excellence in Scholarship from William Paterson University. In March 2005, the Eastern Sociological Society named him its Robin M. Williams, Jr. Distinguished Lecturer for 2005–2006, and elected him as its vice president for 2008–2009.

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Table of Contents

IN THIS SECTION:

1.) BRIEF

2.) COMPREHENSIVE

BRIEF TABLE OF CONTENTS:

Chapter 1: The Study of Minorities

Chapter 2: The Role of Culture

Chapter 3: Ethnic and Racial Stratification

Chapter 4: Prejudice

Chapter 5: Discrimination

Chapter 6: Dominant–Minority Relations

Chapter 7: Immigration Patterns and Issues

COMPREHENSIVE TABLE OF CONTENTS:

Chapter 1: The Study of Minorities

The Stranger as a Social Phenomenon

A Sociological Perspective

Minority Groups

Racial and Ethnic Groups

Ethnocentrism

Chapter 2: The Role of Culture

The Concept of Culture

Cultural Change

Theories of Minority Integration

Is There a White Culture?

Chapter 3: Ethnic and Racial Stratification

Stratification

Social Class

Intergroup Conflict

Ethnic Stratification

Labor Outcomes

Chapter 4: Prejudice

The Psychology of Prejudice

The Sociology of Prejudice

Stereotyping

The Influence of Television

The Influence of Advertising and Music

Can Prejudice Be Reduced?

Chapter 5: Discrimination

Levels of Discrimination

Relationships between Prejudice and Discrimination

Social and Institutional Discrimination

The Affirmative-Action Controversy

Racial Profiling

Chapter 6: Dominant–Minority Relations

Minority-Group Responses

Consequences of Minority-Group Status

Dominant-Group Responses

Chapter 7: Immigration Patterns and Issues

Ethnic Consciousness

The Changing Face of Ethnicity

Migration Patterns

Current Ethnic Issues

Language Retention

Diversity in the Future

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