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Rethinking the Color Line

Rethinking the Color Line
Readings in Race and Ethnicity

Sixth Edition
Edited by:

August 2018 | 600 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

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User-friendly without sacrificing intellectual or theoretical rigor, this popular anthology for race and ethnic relations courses introduces students to classic statements, contemporary favorites, and works by early career scholars. Rethinking the Color Line helps make sense of how race and ethnicity influence aspects of social life in ways that are often made invisible by culture, politics, and economics. The readings reflect a variety of approaches to studying race and ethnicity: a focus on specific minority groups; two or more groups in comparative perspective; and topics that look at the experience of many groups historically and within social institutions. Readers will see how they influence and in turn are influenced by race and ethnic relations.

The new Sixth Edition has been thoroughly revised, with 18 new selections addressing topics that reflect the current debates and state of contemporary U.S. race relations, including:

  • Current representations of Arabs and Muslims in the media
  • Links among racial discrimination, stress, and public health outcomes
  • How skin bleaching and cosmetic surgery are used to acquire racial “capital”
  • The rising racial wealth gap
  • How the race of drug users can turn a “crime” problem into a “public health” problem
  • How race shapes immigration policies
  • Home DNA ancestry tests and the blurring of existing racial boundaries

Part I: SORTING BY COLOR: Why We Attach Meaning to Race
Race and Ethnicity: Sociohistoric Constructions

Marvin Harris
How Our Skins Got Their Color
Howard Zinn
Drawing the Color Line
Michael Omi and Howard Winant
Racial Formations
John Iceland
Race and Ethnicity in America
Eduardo Bonilla-Silva
Racialized Social System Approach to Racism
Seeing the Big Picture: The Social Construction of Race, 1790-2000
Race and Ethnicity: Contemporary Socioeconomic Trends

David R. Williams and Selina A. Mohammed
Racism and Health
Seeing the Big Picture: How Race Can Be Hazardous to Your Health
Thomas Shapiro, Tatjana Meschede and Sam Osoro
The Roots of the Widening Racial Wealth: Explaining the Black-White Economic Wealth Gap
Seeing the Big Picture: The Color of Money
Race as Chameleon: How the Idea of Race Changes over Time and Place

F. James Davis
Defining Race: Comparative Perspectives
Seeing the Big Picture: What Was Your Race in 1890?
David E.Wilkins
A Tour of Indian Peoples and Indian Lands
Seeing the Big Picture: From Riches to the “Res” (Reservation System)
Dina Okamoto and G. Cristina Mora
Seeing the Big Picture: Panethnic Fortunes: Riches to Rags
Saher Selod and David G. Embrick
The Racialization and Muslims
Kathleen Fitzgerald
The Continuing Significance of Racial Genomics in Postracial Era
Seeing the Big Picture: Check All That Apply (Finally!): The Institutionalization of Mixed Race Identity
Color-Blind America: Fact, Fantasy, or Our Future?

Charles A. Gallagher
Color-Blind Privilege: The Social and Political Functions of Erasing the Color Line in Post-Race America
Margaret L. Hunter
Skin-Bleaching and Cosmetic Surgery: Buying Racial Capital
Seeing the Big Picture: Color-Blind or Blind to Color?
Herbert J. Gans
The Possibility of a New Racial Hierarchy in the Twenty-First-Century United States
Understanding Racism

Herbert Blumer
Race Prejudice as a Sense of Group Position
Seeing the Big Picture: Racism: Group Position or Individual Belief?
Mitchell J. Landrieu
On the Removal of Confederate Monuments in New Orleans
Robert K. Merton
Discrimination and the American Creed
Kathleen M. Blee and Elizabeth A. Yates
The Place of Race in Conservative and Far-right Movements
Seeing the Big Picture: America’s New Public Enemy?
George Lipsitz
The Possessive Investment in Whiteness: Racialized Social Democracy
Seeing the Big Picture: Race as an Investment
Daina Ramey Berry
The Cost of a Black Corpse: The Racism in the Cadaver Trade
How Space Gets Raced

Douglas Massey and Jonathan Tannen
Trends in Black Hypersegregation
Seeing the Big Picture: How Integrated Is Your Neighborhood?
Elijah Anderson
The Code of the Streets
Robert D. Bullard
Environmental Justice in the 21st Century: Race Still Matters
Michael O. Emerson
Race, Religion, and the Color Line (Or Is That the Color Wall?)
Jeff Wiltse
The Black-White Swimming Disparity in America: Deadly Legacy of Swimming Pool Discrimination
Seeing the Big Picture: Urban Food Deserts: Race, Health, and the Lack of “Real” Food
Race and Criminal Justice: Oxymoron or an American Tragedy?

Andrew Cohen
Crack v. Heroin: How White Users Made Heroin a Public Health Problem
Seeing the Big Picture: How Race Tips the Scales of Justice
Michelle Alexander
The New Jim Crow
Ronald Weitzer
American Policing Under Fire: Misconduct and Reform
Seeing the Big Picture: The Color of Incarceration Rates
Devah Pager
The Mark of a Criminal Record
Seeing the Big Picture: The Link between Race, Education, Employment, and Crime
How Race Shapes the Workplace

Amy Braverman
Kristen v. Aisha; Brad v. Rasheed: What’s in a Name and How It Affects Getting a Job
Roger Waldinger
When the Melting Pot Boils Over: The Irish, Jews, Blacks, and Koreans of New York
Seeing the Big Picture: Who’s Got the “Good” Jobs and Why
Katherine S. Newman and Catherine Ellis
“There’s No Shame in My Game”: Status and Stigma among Harlem’s Working Poor
Xiaolan Bao
Sweatshops in Sunset Park: A Variation of the Late-Twentieth-Century Chinese Garment Shops in New York City
Seeing the Big Picture: How Is Upward Mobility Linked to Education, Occupation, and Immigration?
Race, Representations, and the Media

Danielle Dirks and Jennifer Mueller
Racism and Popular Culture
Marci Bounds Littlefield
The Media as a System of Racialization: Exploring Images of African American Women and the New Racism
Bhoomi K. Thakore
South Asian Characterizations in American Popular Music
Evelyn Alsultany
Arabs and Muslims in the Media After 9/11: Representational Strategies for a “Postrace” Era
Seeing the Big Picture: How the Media Shapes Perceptions of Race and Occupations
Crazy Horse Malt Liquor and Athletes: The Tenacity of Stereotypes

Debra Merskin
Winnebagos, Cherokees, Apaches, and Dakotas: The Persistence of Stereotyping of American Indians in American Advertising and Brands
Seeing the Big Picture: The Tomahawk Chop: Racism in Image and Action
Jeremy Adam Smith and Dacher Keltner
Taking a Knee
Race, Ethnicity, and Immigration

David Scott FitzGerald and David Cook-Martin
Racist Immigration Policy in the US
Stephen Steinberg
The Melting Pot and the Color Line
Seeing the Big Picture: Who Is Allowed to “Melt” in the Pot? Who Wants To?
John R. Logan
Who Are the Other African Americans? Contemporary African and Caribbean Immigrants in the United States
Michael W Suleiman
The Arab Immigrant Experience
Mary C. Waters
Ethnic and Racial Identities of Second-Generation Black Immigrants in New York City
Seeing the Big Picture: Is a Nonethnic Racial Identity Possible?
Race and Romance: Blurring Boundaries

Gretchen Livingston and Anna Brown
Intermarriage in the U.S. 50 Years after Loving v. Virginia
Randall L. Kennedy
Captain Kirk Kisses Lieutenant Uhura: Interracial Intimacies—The View from Hollywood
Seeing the Big Picture: Love May Be Blind, but It’s Not Color-Blind
Heather M. Dalmage
Discovering Racial Borders
Kimberly McClain DaCosta
Redrawing the Color Line? The Problems and Possibilities of Multiracial Families and Group Making
Seeing the Big Picture: Interracial Marriage and the Blurring of the Color Line
Living with Less Racism: Strategies for Individual Action

Meizhu Lui, Barbara J. Robles, Betsy Leondar-Wright, Rose M. Brewer, and Rebecca Adamson
Policy Steps toward Closing the Gap
Charles A. Gallagher
Ten Things You Can Do to Improve Race Relations
Appendix: Race by the Numbers: America’s Racial Report Card



Instructor Resource Site

Password-protected Instructor Resources include test banks that provide a diverse range of pre-written options as well as the opportunity to edit any question and/or insert your own personalized questions to effectively assess students’ progress and understanding.

Offers a variety of voices and topics.

Dr Mark Barajas
Psychology Dept, Saint Marys Clg Of California
September 21, 2020
Key features
  • New topics include:
    • Current representations of Arabs and Muslims in the media
    • Links among racial discrimination, stress, and public health outcomes
    • How skin bleaching and cosmetic surgery are used to acquire racial “capital”
    • The rising racial wealth gap
    • How the race of drug users can turn a “crime” problem into a “public health” problem
    • How race shapes immigration policies
    • Home DNA ancestry tests and the blurring of existing racial boundaries
  • The appendix—“Race by the Numbers: America’s Racial Report Card”—describes the status of racial and ethnic groups, and state of race and intergroup relations in the U.S, in 34 graphs and tables that reflect the most current data.
  • All readings have been selected and edited to ensure that they contribute to students’ understanding of a particular theory or concept, are intellectually engaging, and lend themselves to active learning in the classroom.
  • This theoretically informed, empirically grounded reader uses a social constructionist perspective to frame and define the concepts of race and ethnicity in the U.S. The selections stimulate conversation and allow students to think through solutions to what often seem like intractable problems.
  • “Questions to Consider,” ask students to focus their attention on specific themes, issues, or questions raised in the reading to expose them to the classic paradigms in the study of race and ethnic relations in the U.S.
  • Questions in the introductions guide students through the readings by providing an overview of how each reading is conceptually linked to the others.

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