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Race, Ethnicity, and Gender
Selected Readings

Second Edition
Edited by:


© 2007 | 504 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
The Second Edition of Race, Ethnicity, and Gender: Selected Readings offers 36 total readings featuring comprehensive, varied, and highly accessible views of the problems of racism and sexism in American society. Editors Joseph F. Healey and Eileen T. O'Brien present a variety of perspectives on some of pressing problems: racism and prejudice, inequality and discrimination, and assimilation and pluralism. This new edition includes historical perspectives, case studies of minority groups, a strong emphasis on gender, clashing perspectives on contemporary problems, and a chapter on solutions.
 
PART I. AN INTRODUCTION TO THE STUDY OF MINORITY GROUPS IN THE UNITED STATES
 
1. Diversity in the United States: Questions and Concepts
Narrative Portrait: The Social Construction of Racial Identity  
Developing a Racial Identity Lawrence Hill
Narrative Portrait: The Cultural Sources of Prejudice  
Kaffir Boy Mark Mathabane
Readings  
Prejudice, Discrimination, and Racism Norman Yetman
Using Racial and Ethnic Concepts: The Critical Case of Very Young Children Debra van Ausdale and Joe R. Feagin
Constructing Categories of Difference Karen Rosenblum and Toni-Michelle Travis
Current Debates: Race and Sports  
The Dominance of Black Athletes is Genetic Jon Entine
The Argument for Genetic Differences is Deeply Flawed Kenan Malik
Debate Questions to Consider  
 
2. Assimilation and Pluralism
Narrative Portrait: Assimilation, Then and Now  
Choosing a Dream: Italians in Hell's Kitchen Mario Puzo
Always Running: La Vida Loca Luiz Rodrigues
Readings  
Divided Fates M. Patricia Fernandez-Kelly and Richard Schauffler
Fifteen Years on the Bottom Rung Anthony DePalma
Opening Faces: The Politics of Cosmetic Surgery and Asian American Women Eugenia Kaw
Current Debates: English Only?  
English Only Will Speed the Assimilation of Immigrants Mauro Mujica
Bilingualism Should Be Encouraged Aida Hurtado and Luis A. Vega
Debate Questions to Consider  
 
PART II. THE EVOLUTION OF DOMINANT-MINORITY RELATIONS IN THE UNITED STATES
 
3. The Development of Dominant-Minority Relations in Pre-Industrial America: The Origins of Slavery
Narrative Portrait: A Slave's Life  
Life as a Slave Girl Harriet Jacobs
Narrative of the Life and Adventures of Henry Bibb Henry Bibb
Readings  
Slavery Unwilling to Die Joe R. Feagin
Jezebel and Mammy: The Mythology of Female Slavery Deborah Gray White
Current Debates: How Did Slavery Affect the Origins of African American Culture?  
Slavery Created African American Culture Stanley Elkins
African American Culture Was Created by an Interplay of Elements From Africa and America William D. Piersen
Debate Questions to Consider  
 
4. Industrialization and Dominant-Minority Relations: From Slavery to Segregation and the Coming of Post-Industrial Society
Narrative Portrait: The Kitchenette  
Death on the City Pavement Richard Wright
Readings  
The Meaning of Emancipation According to Black Women Angela Davis
What is Affirmative Action? Fred L. Pincus
Adolescent Masculinity, Homophobia, and Violence: Random School Shootings, 1982-2001 Michael Kimmel and Matthew Mahler
Current Debates: Affirmative Action  
Affirmative Action Casts Suspicions on Legitimate Black Achievement and Depicts African Americans as Incapable Thomas Sowell
Why We Still Need Affirmative Action Orlando Patterson
Debate Questions to Consider  
 
PART III. UNDERSTANDING DOMINANT -MINORITY RELATIONS IN THE UNITED STATES TODAY
 
5. African Americans
Narrative Portrait: The Persistence of Racism  
Just Walk on By: A Black Man Ponders His Ability To Alter Public Space Brent Staples
The Mulatto Millennium Danzy Senna
Readings  
I Am Not a Racist But... Eduardo Bonilla-Silva and Tyrone A. Forman
Race and Criminalization: Black Americans and the Punishment Industry Angela Davis
The Elephant in the Living Room: The Issue of Race in Close Black/White Friendships Kathleen Odell Korgen
Current Debates: Reparations  
Reparations for African Americans in Historical Context Joe R. Feagin and Eileen O'Brien
Reparations Are an Idea Whose Time Has Come Manning Marable
Blood Money: Why I Don't Want Reparations for Slavery John McWhorter
Debate Questions to Consider  
 
6. Native Americans
Narrative Portrait: Native Americans' Experiences and Perspectives  
Lakota Woman Mary Crow Dog
Talking to the Owls and Butterflies John Lame Deer
Readings  
Growing Up Indian Leonard Peltier
From the Ground Up Charon Astoyer
Current Debates: Are Indian Sports Team Mascots Offensive?  
Indian Symbols and Mascots Are Not Offensive S.L. Price and Andrea Woo
Mascots Are Offensive C. Richard King, Ellen J. Staurowsky, Lawrence Baca, R. Davis, and Cornel Pewewardy
Debate Questions to Consider  
 
7. Hispanic Americans
Narrative Portrait: The Meaning of Macho  
Americanization is Tough on Macho Rose Del Castillo Guilbault
Narrative Portrait: Gender Images of Latinas  
The Island Travels With You Judith Ortiz Cofer
Readings  
Mock Spanish: A Site for the Indexical Reproduction of Racism in American English Jane H. Hill
Seeing More Than Black and White: Latinos, Racsim, and the Cultural Divide Elizabeth Martinez
Not White or Black, but In Between: Latinos and Asian Americans Expanding the Language of Colorblind Racism Eileen O'Brien
Current Debates: Is Americanization Threatened by" Hispanization"?  
How to Make an American John Fonte
Why We Shouldn't Worry About the "Hispanization" of the United States Francis Fukuyama
Debate Questions to Consider  
 
8. Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders
Narrative Portrait: The Relocation  
We Were Just Japs Joseph Kurihara
Readings  
The Interrelationship Between Anti-Asian Violence and Asian America Victor M. Hwang
South Korean Sex Slaves in the United States and Canada Salim Jiwa
Current Debates: Asian American "Success": What Are the Dimensions, Causes, and Implications for Other Minority Groups?  
The Success of Japanese Americans Is Cultural Harry Kitano
The "Success" of Chinese Americans Is Structural Alejandro Portes and Min Zhou
The Success of Asian Americans Has Been Exaggerated in Part to Criticize Other Minority Groups Ronald Takaki
Debate Questions to Consider  
 
9. New Americans: Immigration and Assimilation
Narrative Portrait: Two Stories of Immigration  
Life in the Enclave Ho Yang
Life as a Refugee Vo Thi Tam
Readings  
Immigrants in American Society Philip Martin and Elizabeth Midgely
Discrimination and the American Dream: The Case of Middle Eastern Americans Amir Marvasti and Karyn D. McKinney
Globalization and Its Mal(e)contents: The Gendered Moral and Political Economy of Terrorism Michael S. Kimmel
Current Debates: Is Immigration Harmful or Helpful to the United States?  
Immigration Is Harmful Peter Brimelow
Immigration Is Not Harmful Reynolds Farley
We Need to Reframe the Immigration Debate George Borjas
Debate Questions to Consider  
 
10. White Ethnic Groups
Narrative Portrait: Ethnicity, Prejudice, and the Irish Political Machine  
Shadow of the Past David Gray
Readings  
How Jews Became White Karen Brodkin
White Privilege and Male Privilege Peggy McIntosh
Euphemized Racism: Moral qua Racial Boundaries Michele Lamont
Current Debates: The Racial Identities of Whites and Blacks  
The Need to Understand Whiteness Richard Dyer
Symbolic and Involuntary Ethnicity Mary Waters
Debate Questions to Consider  
 
PART IV. CONCLUSIONS
 
11. Antiracist and Feminist Solutions
The Emperor's New Clothes Patricia Williams
The Racial Preference Licensing Act Derrick Bell
The Redefinition and Subversion of Comparable Worth in New York State: "We Did It Our Way" Ronnie Steinberg and Jennifer Hickman
Building Connections with Antiracism and Feminism Eileen O'Brien and Michael P. Armato
Abolish the White Race by Any Means Necessary Noel Ignatiev and John Garvey
Being an Ally Paul Kivel
Commitment to Combat Racism Judith Katz
Tools for White Guys Who Are Working for Social Change Chris Crass
Discussion Questions  

My course is geared towards students just taking this class as an core requirement or as an introduction to the sociology or social work major.

If this were an upper-level sociology or social work course, this book would be more appropriate for the type of course I'd build around the material.

Mr Michael Dixon
Sociology Social Work Dept, Manchester College
January 27, 2015

Race Ethnicity and Gender. Good readings and chapter overviews. Current

Dr John Hudgins
Social Science Dept, Coppin State University
April 16, 2014
Key features

New to the Second Edition

  • Offers more material on gender, mixed race individuals, and new immigrants: This edition includes many new selections—13 new articles, 5 new Personal Narratives, and 3 new Current Debates.
  • Includes more detailed introductions for the readings followed by discussion questions: Each chapter begins with a framework essay and a set of questions which provide a focus and an orientation for the reader.
  • Parallels updates to the Second Edition of Diversity and Society: This edition corresponds to the chapters in the companion textbook while extending its analysis and broadening its perspective.

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