ISBN-10:
0205349668
ISBN-13:
9780205349661
Pub. Date:
11/28/2001
Publisher:
Allyn & Bacon, Inc.
Understanding Race and Ethnic Relations / Edition 1

Understanding Race and Ethnic Relations / Edition 1

by Vincent N. Parrillo

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Understanding Race and Ethnic Relations / Edition 1

Provides the reader with a brief introduction to the core theories, concepts and issues concerning race and ethnic relations in the United States. The book discusses the changing face of ethnicity, and dominant-minority relationships. Examines the most current Census Bureau projections to speculate what U.S. race, religion, and ethnicity might be like in the mid-21st century. Coverage of minority groups, as well as racial and ethnic groups in today's American society is provided. Prejudice and discrimination, as well as ethnocentrism, and the dynamics of inter-group relations, are also discussed. "The Dillingham Flaw" and the importance of viewing the foreign-born presence in the U.S. within a larger context - from a sociological perspective - in order to avoid inaccurate historical comparisons, are explained. Anyone interested in an introductory look into the current state of race and ethnic relationships in America.

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ISBN-13: 9780205349661
Publisher: Allyn & Bacon, Inc.
Publication date: 11/28/2001
Edition description: Older Edition
Pages: 160
Product dimensions: 6.04(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.39(d)

Table of Contents

1The Study of Minorities1
The Stranger as a Social Phenomenon2
Similarity and Attraction2
Social Distance3
Perceptions6
Interactions6
A Sociological Perspective7
Functional Theory8
Conflict Theory9
Interactionist Theory9
Minority Groups10
Development of a Definition11
Minority-Group Characteristics12
Racial and Ethnic Groups13
Ethnocentrism14
In the United States16
In Other Times and Lands16
Eurocentrism and Afrocentrism19
Objectivity20
The Dillingham Flaw22
Personal Troubles and Public Issues23
The Dynamics of Intergroup Relations24
Retrospect25
Key Terms25
Review Questions26
Suggested Readings26
2Culture and Social Structure27
The Concept of Culture27
The Reality Construct29
Cultural Change33
Cultural Diffusion33
Subcultures35
Structural Conditions38
Stratification40
Social Class40
Class Consciousness41
Ethnicity and Social Class42
Blaming the Poor or Society?43
Intergroup Conflict48
Cultural Differentiation49
Structural Differentiation50
Theories of Minority Integration53
Assimilation (Majority-Conformity) Theory53
Amalgamation (Melting Pot) Theory55
Accommodation (Pluralistic) Theory59
Is There a White Culture?61
Retrospect62
Key Terms63
Review Questions64
Suggested Readings64
3Prejudice and Discrimination65
Prejudice65
The Psychology of Prejudice66
The Sociology of Prejudice72
Stereotyping76
Television's Influence80
Can Prejudice Be Reduced?83
Discrimination86
Levels of Discrimination87
Relationships Between Prejudice and Discrimination87
Other Aspects of Discrimination89
The Affirmative Action Controversy90
Retrospect96
Key Terms96
Review Questions97
Suggested Readings97
4Dominant-Minority Relations99
Minority-Group Responses99
Avoidance99
Deviance100
Defiance102
Acceptance104
Consequences of Minority-Group Status105
Negative Self-Image105
The Vicious Circle106
Marginality107
Middleman Minorities108
Dominant-Group Responses110
Legislative Controls110
Segregation111
Expulsion112
Xenophobia113
Annihilation113
Hate Groups and Hate Crimes116
Exploitation118
The Power-Differential Theory119
The Internal-Colonialism Theory121
The Split-Labor-Market Theory122
Limitations of These Theories124
Retrospect124
Key Terms126
Review Questions126
Suggested Readings126
5The Ever-Changing U.S. Mosaic128
Ethnic Consciousness129
Country of Origin as a Factor129
The Three-Generation Hypothesis130
The Changing Face of Ethnicity132
The White Ethnic Revival133
Ethnicity as a Social Process134
Symbolic Ethnicity138
Current Ethnic Issues139
Immigration Fears139
Undocumented Aliens143
Bilingual Eucation145
The English-Only Movement148
Multiculturalism150
Political Correctness152
Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Future154
Indicators of Ethnoreligious Change156
Beyond Tomorrow158
Key Terms158
Review Questions159
Suggested Readings159
Notes161
Appendix177

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