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

Eighth Edition


January 2018 | 504 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Race, Ethnicity, Gender, and Class is a bestselling text for courses called Race and Ethnic Relations, Majority-Minority Relations, and Social Diversity. The book is known for its clear and engaging writing style; for the use of sociological theory to discuss socially constructed inequalities in the United States; and for examining the variety of experiences within each minority group, particularly differences between those of men and women. While focusing on race and ethnicity, it also contains chapters on Gender and LGB Americans. New co-author Andi Stepnick of Belmont University has added new material throughout on on how race and ethnicity intersect with other statuses.
 
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
Size of the Group  
American Indian Cultures  
Relations With the Federal Government After the 1890s  
Protest and Resistance  
Contemporary American Indian–White Relations  
Prejudice and Discrimination  
Assimilation and Pluralism  
Comparing Minority Groups  
Progress and Challenges  
 
Chapter 8. Hispanic Americans
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
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
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  

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ISBN: 9781506346946