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Diversity in America

Diversity in America

Third Edition

Race & Ethnicity

May 2008 | 240 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc


The Third Edition of Diversity in America offers both a sociohistorical perspective and a sociological analysis to provide insights into U.S. diversity. The author squarely addresses the topics which generate more passionate, invective, and raucous debate than all others in American society today: Is multiculturalism a threat to us? Should immigration be more closely controlled? Are we no longer sufficiently "American" and why? The book answers these questions by using history and sociology to shed light on socially constructed myths about our past, misunderstandings from our present, and anxieties about our future.

New to the Third Edition

  • Offers a new section in each chapter, "The Larger Context," which places multiculturalism in a comparative perspective to other developed countries
  • Examines what constitutes a racial or ethnic group
  • Includes new chapter-opening photographs that visually illustrate the context of that chapter
  • Presents expanded commentary in many chapters about the influence of Asian culture in the earlier part of U.S. history and provides expanded discussion about Arabs, Asians, Hispanics, and Native Americans
  • Discusses the social constructionist approach as a further understanding about the perception of groups such as Native Americans and racial minorities
  • Explores how transnationalism affects multiculturalism
  • Expands the discussion on the PATRIOT Act and its impact on immigrants
  • Offers maps showing the territorial size of the United States during the eras discussed in Chapters 2 through 6

Intended Audience
This is an ideal supplement for courses in Race and Ethnic Relations, Immigration History, American Studies, or other courses on diversity.

1. Perception and Reality
What This Book Is All About  
Seeing Is Believing, But Is It Knowing?  
The Cultural Homogeneity Myth  
The Rise, Fall, and Rise of Pluralism  
The Melting Pot  
The Dillingham Flaw  
Understanding Today by Knowing about Yesterday  
2. Diversity in Aboriginal America
The Larger Context  
Diversity in Language  
Diversity in Gender Roles  
Diversity in Clothing  
Diversity in Housing  
Diversity in Social Organization  
Diversity in Values  
The Next Horizon  
3. Diversity in Colonial Times
The Larger Context  
Colonial Beginnings  
Geographic Variances in Diversity  
Religious Diversity  
A Kaleidoscope Society  
The Next Horizon  
4. Diversity in the Early National Period
The Larger Context  
Building a National Identity  
Social Structure and Social Class  
Religion, Power, and Group Consciousness  
The Nation's First Census  
Expanding Territory and Diversity  
The Drop in Immigration  
The Significance of Natural Population Growth  
Emergence of a Common Culture  
The False Horizon  
5. Diversity in the Age of Expansion
The Larger Context  
Travelers Discover the Ethnic Mosaic  
The French  
The Irish  
The Germans  
Native Americans  
The Africans  
The Chinese  
The Mexicans  
Intergroup Conflicts  
The Next Horizon  
6. Diversity in the Industrial Age
The Larger Context  
Minority Family Economies  
Population Diversity  
African Americans  
Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders  
Hispanic Americans  
Native Americans  
Middle Eastern Americans  
Northern and Western European Americans  
Southern, Central, and Eastern European Americans  
Intergroup Conflicts  
The Next Horizon  
7. Diversity in the Information Age
The Larger Context  
The Human Element  
Institutionalizing Minority Rights  
The Europeans  
Asians and Pacific Islanders  
Black Americans  
Hispanic Americans  
North Africans and Southwest Asians  
Native Americans  
Religious Diversity  
The Next Horizon  
8. Intergenerational Comparisons
Why Are Voices Raised Against Immigration?  
Immigration Rate  
Foreign-Born Population  
Race in America  
Mainstream Americans  
Perception and Reality  
The Larger Context  
Today's Patterns in Perspective  
9. Is Multiculturalism a Threat?
The Umbrellas of Multiculturalism  
The Larger Context  
Roses and Thorns  
The Thorns of Multiculturalism  
The Roses of Multiculturalism  
Is Multiculturalism the Enemy?  
10. Multiculturalism after Nine-Eleven
Government Responses  
Public Response  
Measuring Social Distance after Nine-Eleven  
Have Attitudes Changed about Immigration?  
The Larger Context  
What about Tomorrow?  
11. The Next Horizon
The Dawning of a New Century  
World Population Growth  
U.S. Population Predictions  
The Dillingham Flaw in Reverse  
Factors Influencing Change  
The Challenge of Racial Diversity  
Increased Religious Diversity  
The Mainstreaming of Women  
The Ever-Changing Mosaic  
Key features
  Key Features:
  • The only book to provide students with a thorough historical background on immigration and race relations issues and how they've shaped our society
  • Two themes inform the book:
    • An examination of how diversity and multiculturalism have always been a part of U.S. society, not recent phenomena, and shouldn't be viewed as threats today.
    • Assimilation and pluralism have been ongoing, dual realities since the country's beginnings and will play an increasingly important role going forward.
    • Coverage of female, Asian, and Latino population

New To This Edition:

  • More coverage and discussion of the hot button issues
  • immigration (legal and illegal)
  • Language
  • Issues for Muslim Americans


Sample Materials & Chapters

Ch. 1 - Perception and Reality

Ch. 3 - Diversity in Colonial Times

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