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Race, Ethnicity, Gender, and Class
The Sociology of Group Conflict and Change

Eighth Edition


January 2018 | 536 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

Known for its clear and engaging writing, the bestselling Race, Ethnicity, Gender, and Class has been thoroughly updated to make it fresher, more relevant, and more accessible to undergraduates. The new Eighth Edition retains the same use of sociological theory to tell the story of race and other socially constructed inequalities in the U.S. and for examining the variety of experiences within each minority group, particularly differences between those of men and women. This edition also puts greater emphasis on intersectionality, gender, and sexual orientation that will offer students a more complex and useful view of diversity. 

 
PART 1. AN INTRODUCTION TO THE STUDY OF MINORITY GROUPS IN THE UNITED STATES
 
Chapter 1. Diversity in the United States: Questions and Concepts
Some American Stories  
Minority Groups: Trends and Questions  
Questions about the Future, Sociology, and the Plan of This Book  
What is a Minority Group?  
The Pattern of Inequality  
Visible Distinguishing Traits: Race and Gender  
Key Concepts in Dominant-Minority Relations  
A Global Perspective  
 
Chapter 2. Assimilation and Pluralism: From Immigrants to White Ethnics
Assimilation  
Pluralism  
Patterns of Assimilation  
Variations in Assimilation  
The Descendants of Immigrants Today  
Contemporary Immigrants: Does the Traditional Perspective Apply?  
Implications for Examining Dominant-Minority Relations  
 
Chapter 3. Prejudice and Discrimination
Prejudice and Discrimination  
Prejudice  
Sociological Causes of Prejudice  
The Persistence of Prejudice  
Recent Trends: Traditional Prejudice and Modern Racism  
Hate Crimes  
The Sociology of Prejudice  
 
PART 2. THE EVOLUTION OF DOMINANT-MINORITY RELATIONS IN THE UNITED STATES
A Note on the Morality and History of Minority Relations in America: Guilt, Blame, Understanding, and Communication  
 
Chapter 4. The Development of Dominant-Minority Group Relations in Reindustrial America: The Origins of Slavery
The Origins of Slavery in America  
The Creation of Minority Status for Native Americans and Mexican Americans  
Comparing Minority Groups  
 
Chapter 5. Industrialization and Dominant-Minority Relations: From Slavery to Segregation and the Coming of Postindustrial Society
Industrialization and the Shift From Paternalistic to Rigid Competitive Group Relations  
The Impact of Industrialization on the Racial Stratification of African Americans: From Slavery to Segregation  
The Origins of Black Protest  
The Dimensions of Minority-Group Status  
Industrialization, The Shift to Postindustrial Society, and Dominant-Minority Group Relations: General Trends  
Postindustrial Society and the Shift From Rigid to Fluid Competitive Relationships  
Modern Institutional Discrimination  
Social Change and Minority-Group Activism  
 
PART 3. UNDERSTANDING DOMINANT-MINORITY RELATIONS IN THE UNITED STATES TODAY
 
Chapter 6. African Americans
The End of De Jure Segregation  
Developments Outside of the South  
Protest, Power, and Pluralism  
Black-White Relations Since the 1960s: Issues and Trends  
Prejudice and Discrimination  
Assimilation and Pluralism  
Is the Glass Half Empty or Half Full?  
 
Chapter 7. Native Americans: From Conquest to Tribal Survival in Postindustrial Society
Size of the Group  
Native American Cultures  
Relations With the Federal Government After the 1890s  
Protest and Resistance  
Contemporary Native American–White Relations  
Prejudice and Discrimination  
Assimilation and Pluralism  
Comparing Minority Groups  
Progress and Challenges  
 
Chapter 8. Hispanic Americans: Colonization, Immigration, and Ethnic Enclaves
Mexican Americans  
Puerto Ricans  
Cuban Americans  
Prejudice and Discrimination  
Assimilation and Pluralism  
Assimilation and Hispanic Americans  
Hispanic Americans and the Evolution of the American Racial Other  
 
Chapter 9. Asian Americans: Model Minorities?
Origins and Cultures  
Contact Situations and the Development of the Chinese American and Japanese American Communities  
Comparing Minority Groups  
Contemporary Immigration From Asia  
Prejudice and Discrimination  
Assimilation and Pluralism  
Comparing Minority Groups: Explaining Asian American Success  
 
Chapter 10. New Americans, Assimilation, and Old Challenges
Current Immigration  
New Hispanic Groups: Immigrants From the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, and Colombia  
Non-Hispanic Immigrants From the Caribbean  
Contemporary Immigration From Asia  
Middle Eastern and Arab Americans  
Immigrants From Africa  
Modes of Incorporation  
Immigration: Issues and Controversies  
Is Contemporary Assimilation Segmented?  
Recent Immigration in Historical and Global Context  
New Immigrants and Old Issues  
 
PART 4. OTHER GROUPS, OTHER PATTERNS
 
Chapter 11. Gender
The Sociology of Gender: The Basics  
History and Background of Gender Relations  
Movements for Gender Equality  
Recent Trends and Issues  
Sexism and Discrimination  
Assimilation and Pluralism  
Conclusions and Implications for Dominant-Minority Relations  
 
Chapter 12. Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Americans
Sexual Orientation, Sexual Identity, and Sexual Behavior  
History and Background of Same-Sex Relationships  
Gay Liberation Movements  
Recent Trends and Issues  
Homophobia and Heterosexism  
Assimilation and Pluralism  
Conclusions and Implications for Dominant-Minority Relations  
 
Chapter 13. Dominant-Minority Relations in Cross-National Perspective
A Brief Review of Major Analytical Themes  
A Snapshot of Global Diversity  
A Global Tour  
Analyzing Group Relations  
 
PART 5. CHALLENGES FOR THE PRESENT AND THE FUTURE
 
Chapter 14. Minority Groups and U.S. Society: Themes, Patterns, and the Future
Revisiting Some Americans  
The Importance of Subsistence Technology  
The Importance of Contact Situation, Group Competition, and Power  
The Importance of Intersectionality  
Assimilation and Pluralism  
Minority-Group Progress and the Ideology of American Individualism  
A Final Word  
Key features
?NEW TO THIS EDITION:

  • New co-author Andi Stepnick has added new material on how race and ethnicity intersect with other statuses and incorporated the latest data, current events, and contemporary examples.
  • Two new chapters on Gender and LGB Americans broadens the scope of the book on this timely issue.
  • New examples stress how social statuses are interlocked and linked to oppression.
  • Updated to incorporate social change and current events that makes the text more relevant to students’ lives.
  • New and updated graphs, tables, maps, and graphics illustrate key concepts to appeal more to a visual generation of students.
  • Over 35 new internet activities provide opportunities for students to apply concepts.
  • Pedagogical features have been updated and added to help students analyze the material, identify key points, and organize their studying.

KEY FEATURES:

  • Narrative Portraits strengthen students’ personal connection to the content.
  • Comparative Focus boxes look at group relations in societies outside the United States.
  • Public Sociology Assignments engage students in their communities and the larger society and gives them the opportunity to apply and reinforce the material in the text.
  • Internet Research Projects for every chapter ask students to gather information and data and apply concepts and ideas from the chapter.
  • An emphasis on intersectionality uniquely offers a complete view of diversity.
  • Compelling student-friendly design and unique pedagogy keeps the reader engaged with the material.


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