"This book is very well written and clearly organized throughout. It is pitched at upper-level undergraduate and graduate-level race and ethnicity students...in sum, this is an important book, highly recommended to students and faculty alike. The authors draw extensively from classic and contemporary sociological theory throughout the text and maintain a transnational focus in each and every chapter." —TEACHING SOCIOLOGY
"I used Cornell's earlier edition for years and consider it to be one of the best explanations/ examinations of race and ethnic relations around."—Margot Kempers, Fitchburg State College
Ethnicity and Race: Making Identities in a Changing World, Second Edition uses examples and extended case studies from all over the world to craft a compelling, even-handed account of the power and persistence of ethnicity and race in the contemporary world. Known for its conceptual clarity, world-historical scope, and fair-minded treatment of these oft controversial topics, this updated and expanded edition retains all of the core elements and constructionist insights of the original.
New to the Second Edition:
- Provides new concrete examples from around the world: Dozens of new examples have been added, including extended case studies of ethnic/identity construction in the former Yugoslavia, South Africa, and New Zealand. In addition, several new sections discuss treatments of neo-assimilation and segmented assimilation, and the invisibility of racial dominance.
- Incorporates the latest research and thinking in the field: Motivated by the suburban uprisings of 2005, an extended case study of race, culture, and belonging in contemporary France is fashioned. The theoretical underpinnings of this unique synthesis of race and ethnicity are sharpened throughout the volume, and the authors incorporate some of their own recent work on ethnic and racial analytic frames to sketch out broader implications for the field and possibilities for the future.
- Discusses the emergence of modernity and globalization: The authors demonstrate why ethnic and racial boundaries over the last 30 years and contrary to earlier, optimistic predictions have become stronger and more strident under the pressures of modernization, mass communication, and secularization. The book concludes by discussing how the downward spiral of hate and separateness can be halted, and even reversed.
This influential text is ideal for advanced undergraduate courses on race and ethnicity such as American Race Relations; Racial and Ethnic Relations; Ethnic Conflict; Comparative Race Relations; Cultural Diversity; Immigration Studies in the departments of Sociology, Ethnic Studies, Global Studies, and Anthropology.
|An Unexpected Persistence and Power|
|A Puzzling Diversity of Forms|
|Ethnicity and Race as Sociological Topics|
|An Outline of What Follows|
|The Definition of Ethnicity|
|The Definition of Race|
|Ethnicity and Race|
|Nationalism and Belonging|
|The Assimilationist Assumption|
|Primordialism and Circumstantialism Compared|
|The Construction of Ethnic and Racial Identities|
|The Nature of Ethnic and Racial Bonds|
|The Reconstruction of Circumstances|
|The Logic of Ethnic and Racial Construction|
|Reframing Intergroup Relations|
|Case 1. The Power of Circumstances: Blacks and Indians in the United States|
|Case 2. Between Assertion and Assignment: Chinese Americans in Mississippi|
|Case 3. From Thick Ethnicity to Thin: German Americans|
|Case 4. Constructed Primordiality and Ethnic Power: Afrikaners in South Africa|
|Case 5. From Thin Ethnicity to Thick: Basketball and War in the Former Yugoslavia|
|Case 6. Race, Culture, and Belonging: Who Is France?|
|A Comparison of Cases|
|Summarizing Contextual Factors|
|Groups, Contexts, and Agendas|
|The Impact of Modernity|
|Mixing and Multiplicity|
|Separation and Consolidation|
|Making Sense, Making Selves, Making Others|