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Strangers to These Shores / Edition 11

Strangers to These Shores / Edition 11

by Vincent N. Parrillo


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Strangers to These Shores / Edition 11

B> This is the most up-to-date and comprehensive book available for the study of racial and ethnic relations in the United States. With the growing interest in diversity in the United States, this book informs about the nation's past and present multicultural realities. The book begins with an analysis of the stranger as a social phenomenon and then carries this theme throughout its study of all minority groups. Completely updated to reflect current demographic data, recent events, and new research, this book's highly readable style offers an excellent introduction to race and ethnic relations. Offers extensive treatment of culture to help students understand this crucial element of intergroup relations. Covers more racial, ethnic, and religious groups than any other text of its kind, providing broad, yet specific coverage of Europeans, Native Americans, African Americans, Hispanics, Asians, Arabs, religious minorities, and women as a minority group, in Chapter 13. Sets each group's experiences in a sociohistorical context before present-day analysis, then systematically applies the three main sociological perspectives as a unifying framework for sociological commentary. Examines such hot-button issues as affirmative action, bilingual education, immigration concerns, and undocumented aliens. For anyone with an interest in Ethnic Studies, Race and Ethnicity in the United States, Sociology of Minorities, Immigrant History, Sociology, American studies, interdisciplinary studies, Anthropology, or History.

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ISBN-13: 2900205970406
Publisher: Pearson
Publication date: 08/21/2013
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 624
Product dimensions: 8.40(w) x 10.90(h) x 1.10(d)

About 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 Understanding Race and Ethnic Relations, third edition (Allyn & Bacon), 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.

Table of Contents

Each chapter concludes with "Retrospect," "Key Terms," "Review Questions," and "Suggested Readings."

Foreword by Rubén Rumbaut.



1. The Study of Minorities.
The Stranger as a Social Phenomenon.
A Sociological Perspective.
Minority Groups.
Racial and Ethnic Groups.
The Dillingham Flaw.
Personal Troubles and Public Issues.
The Dynamics of Intergroup Relations.

2. Culture and Social Structure.
The Concept of Culture.
Cultural Change.
Structural Conditions.
Social Class.
Intergroup Conflict.
Theories of Minority Integration.

3. Prejudice and Discrimination.

4. Dominant-Minority Relations.
Minority-Group Responses.
Consequences of Minority-Group Status.
Dominant-Group Responses.


5. Northern and Western Europeans.
Sociohistorical Perspective.
The English.
The Dutch.
The French.
The Germans.
The Irish.
The Scandinavians and Finns
The Scots.
The Welsh.
Sociological Analysis.

6. Southern, Central, and Eastern Europeans.
Sociohistorical Perspective.
The Slavic Peoples.
The Poles.
The Russians.
The Ukrainians.
The Hungarians.
The Gypsies.
The Italians.
The Greeks.
The Portuguese.
The Armenians.
Sociological Analysis.


7. The Native Americans.
Sociohistorical Perspective.
Values and Social Structure.
Stereotyping of Native Americans.
Changes in Government Policy.
Present-Day Native American Life.
Natural Resources.
Red Power.
The Courts.
Bureau of Indian Affairs.
Urban Native Americans.
Cultural Impact.
Sociological Analysis.

8. East and Southeast Asian Americans.
Sociohistorical Perspective.
Cultural Attributes.
The Chinese.
The Japanese.
The Filipinos.
The Koreans.
The Vietnamese.
Other Southeast Asians.
The Model Minority Stereotype.
Sociological Analysis.

9. Other Asian and Middle Eastern Americans.
Sociohistorical Perspective.
The Asian Indians.
Arab Americans.
The Syrian-Lebanese.
The Palestinians.
The Iranians.
The Iraqis.
The Turks.
The Pakistanis.
Sociological Analysis.

10. African Americans.
Sociohistorical Perspective.
Institutionalized Racism.
The Winds of Change.
Urban Unrest.
The Bell-Curve Debate.
Language as Prejudice.
Social Indicators of Black Progress.
Race or Class?
The Africans.
Sociological Analysis.

11. Hispanic and Caribbean Americans.
Sociohistorical Perspective.
Social Indicators of Hispanic Progress.
The Mexicans.
The Puerto Ricans.
Mexicans and Puerto Ricans: A Comparison.
The Cubans.
Caribbean, Central and South Americans.
Non-Hispanic Caribbean Peoples.
Sociological Analysis.


12. Religious Minorities.
Sociohistorical Perspective.
Catholic Americans.
Jewish Americans.
The Mormons.
Muslim Americans.
The Amish.
The Rastafarians.
The Santerians.
Hindu Americans.
Religion and U.S. Society.
Sociological Perspectives.

13. Women as a Minority Group.
Sociohistorical Perspective.
The Reality of Sexual Differences.
Immigrant and Minority Women.
Social Indicators of Women's Status.
Sexual Harassment.
Sexism and the Law.
Women and Politics.
Sociological Analysis.


14. The Ever-Changing U.S. Mosaic.
Ethnic Consciousness.
The Changing Face of Ethnicity.
Current Ethnic Issues.
Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Future.






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