Creating a New Racial Order: How Immigration, Multiracialism, Genomics, and the Young Can Remake Race in America

Creating a New Racial Order: How Immigration, Multiracialism, Genomics, and the Young Can Remake Race in America

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The American racial order—the beliefs, institutions, and practices that organize relationships among the nation's races and ethnicities—is undergoing its greatest transformation since the 1960s. Creating a New Racial Order takes a groundbreaking look at the reasons behind this dramatic change, and considers how different groups of Americans are being affected. Through revealing narrative and striking research, the authors show that the personal and political choices of Americans will be critical to how, and how much, racial hierarchy is redefined in decades to come.

The authors outline the components that make up a racial order and examine the specific mechanisms influencing group dynamics in the United States: immigration, multiracialism, genomic science, and generational change. Cumulatively, these mechanisms increase heterogeneity within each racial or ethnic group, and decrease the distance separating groups from each other. The authors show that individuals are moving across group boundaries, that genomic science is challenging the whole concept of race, and that economic variation within groups is increasing. Above all, young adults understand and practice race differently from their elders: their formative memories are 9/11, Hurricane Katrina, and Obama's election—not civil rights marches, riots, or the early stages of immigration. Blockages could stymie or distort these changes, however, so the authors point to essential policy and political choices.

Portraying a vision, not of a postracial America, but of a different racial America, Creating a New Racial Order examines how the structures of race and ethnicity are altering a nation.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780691160931
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 02/23/2014
Edition description: New in Paper
Pages: 280
Sales rank: 1,006,529
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Jennifer L. Hochschild is the Henry LaBarre Jayne Professor of Government, professor of African and African American studies, and Harvard College Professor at Harvard University. Vesla M. Weaver is an assistant professor in the Woodrow Wilson Department of Politics at the University of Virginia. Traci R. Burch is assistant professor of political science at Northwestern University and research professor at the American Bar Foundation.

Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables xi

Introduction xiii

Part I: The Argument 1

Chapter 1. Destabilizing the American Racial Order 3

Part II : Creating a New Order 19

Chapter 2. Immigration 21

Chapter 3. Multiracialism 56

Chapter 4. Genomics 83

Chapter 5. Cohort Change 113

Chapter 6. Blockages to Racial Transformation 139

Part III : Possibilities 165

Chapter 7. The Future of the American Racial Order 167

Notes 183

References 213

Index 255

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"Showing how historical trends have produced an unprecedented complexity and fluidity in racial meanings, classifications, and identities in the United States, this book argues that the American racial order is changing for the better and explains why this is happening. Bold and provocative, this book is a game changer."—Claire Jean Kim, University of California, Irvine

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