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Diversity in America

Third Edition

Courses:
Race & Ethnicity

May 2008 | 240 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

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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
 
 

 

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