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Diversity and Society

Diversity and Society
Race, Ethnicity, and Gender

Sixth Edition
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Race & Ethnicity

568 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
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“The text offers a comprehensive study of historical evolution of race, ethnicity, and gender in the U.S; and makes effective use of contemporary (including open access) sources of information about these issues. My students find the reflective questions and related activities to be instructive and engaging.”
—Cheryl Renee Gooch, Arts and Humanities Department, Cumberland County College  

Adapted from the bestselling Race, Ethnicity, Gender, and Class by Joseph F. Healey and Andi Stepnick, Diversity and Society provides a brief overview of inter-group relations in the U.S. In ten succinct chapters, Healey and Stepnick explain concepts and theories about dominant-minority relations; examine historical and contemporary immigration to the U.S.; and narrate the experiences of the largest racial and ethnic minorities.  

The Sixth Edition of this bestseller explores a variety of experiences within groups, paying particular attention to the intersection of gender with race and ethnicity. While the focus is on minority groups in the U.S., the text also includes comparative, cross-national coverage of group relations in other societies. Updated with the most current trends and patterns in inter-group relations, this text presents empirical data in an accessible format to show students how minorities are inseparable from the larger American experience.

Part I: An Introduction to the Study of Minority Groups in the United States
Chapter 1: Diversity in the United States: Questions and Concepts
Minority Groups: Trends and Questions  
Questions about the Future, Sociology, and the Plan of This Book  
What Is a Minority Group?  
Patterns 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
Other Group Relationships  
From Immigrants to White Ethnics  
Patterns of Assimilation  
Variations in Assimilation  
The Descendants of Immigrants Today  
Contemporary Immigrants: Does the Traditional Perspective Apply?  
Implications for Examining Dominant-Miniority Relations  
Part II: The Evolution of Dominant-Minority Relations in the United States
Chapter 3: The Development of Dominant–Minority Group Relations in Preindustrial America: The Origins of Slavery
The Origins of Slavery in America  
The Creation of Slavery in the United States  
The Dimensions of Minority Group Status  
The Creation of Minority Status for Native Americans and Mexican Americans  
Comparing Minority Groups  
Chapter 4: Industrialization and Dominant–Minority Relations: From Slavery to Segregation and the Coming of Postindustrial Society
Industrialization and the Shift from Paternalistic 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 Posindustrial Society, and Dominant-Minority Group Relations: General Trends  
Postindustrial Society and the Shift from Rigid to Fluid Competitive Relationships  
Gender Inequality in a Globalizing, Postindustrial World  
Modern Institutional Discrimination  
Social Change and Minority Group Activism  
Part III: Understanding Dominant-Minority Relations in the United States Today
Chapter 5: African Americans: From Segregation to Modern Institutional Discrimination and Modern Racism
The End of De Jure Segregation  
Developments Outside the South  
Protest, Power, and Pluralism  
Black-White Relations Since the 1960s: Issues and Trends  
Prejudice and Modern Racism  
Assimilation and Pluralism  
Is the Glass Half Empty or Half Full?  
Chapter 6: Native Americans: From Conquest to Tribal Survival in a 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 7: Hispanic Americans Colonization, Immigration, and Ethnic Enclaves
Mexican Americans  
Puerto Ricans  
Cuban Americans  
Prejudice and Discrimination  
Assimilation and Pluralism  
Assimilation and Hispanic Americans  
Chapter 8: 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  
Prejudice and Discrimination  
Assimilation and Pluralism  
Comparing Minority Groups: Explaining Asian American Success  
Part IV: Challenges for the Present and the Future
Chapter 9: New Americans, Assimilation, and Old Challenges
Current Immigration  
New Hispanic Groups: Immigrants from the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, and Columbia  
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  
Chapter 10: Minority Groups and U.S. Society: Themes, Patterns, and the Future
The Importance of Subsistence Technology  
The Importance of the 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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“The text offers a comprehensive study of historical evolution of race, ethnicity, and gender in the U.S; and makes effective use of contemporary (including open access) sources of information about these issues. My students find the reflective questions and related activities to be instructive and engaging.”

Cheryl Renee Gooch
Arts and Humanities Department, Cumberland County College

“It touches on a broad range of relevant issues.” 

George Wilson
Sociology Department, University of Miami

Diversity and Society is an invaluable resource that alerts me to the key concepts, theories, and research studies discussed in each chapter. The text played upon the multiple meanings inherent in the notion of gender, ethnicity, and class which contributes to a better understanding of diverse issues that shaped the identity of US society today.” 

Dayang Hajyrayati Awg Kassim
Anthropology and Sociology Department, University of Malaysia, Sarawak

“…this book does a great job of taking a sociological approach to diversity, as is organized in a manner that can cover a significant amount of the learning objectives we hope students achieve in this course.” 

Eric Jorrey
Social Sciences Department, Central Ohio Technical College
Key features


  • 68 new or updated graphs, maps, and tables incorporate the latest data from the Census, Pew, Gallup, and other sources.       
  • New key terms such as color line, colorism, and one drop rule increase student vocabulary.       
  • New/expanded topics include: Birthright Citizenship, DREAMers, “white spaces” and “living while black,” racial bias in the criminal justice system, the Dakota Access Pipeline protests, recent immigration from Mexico, harmful effects of the “model minority” myth.   
  • Many of the “Contemporary Issues” boxes have been updated to reflect current events that will keep students engaged with the content.        
  • New material on intersectionality has been added to Chapters 1 and 10 to give students a better understanding of diversity in the United States and minority groups in U.S. society. 
  • Terminology has been updated to more accurately indicate social statuses or reflect the preferred framing of issues (“slave owners” instead of “masters,” “enslaved people” instead of “slaves,” “man/woman” instead of “male/female,” “detention camps” instead of “relocation centers”).      
  • “Applying Concepts” is a new end-of-chapter exercise that helps students put new knowledge into practice.  


  • Two early chapters explore immigration into the U.S. and the history of our dominant-minority relations.       
  • Subsequent chapters discuss the experience of major racial and ethnic groups in the U.S.       
  • Minority groups are not treated as single, undifferentiated entities; the text looks at the variety of experiences within each group, particularly differences between men and women.     
  • “Comparative Focus” boxes examine group relations in other societies.       
  • "Focus on Contemporary Issues" boxes call attention to and generate discussion on issues of interest to students. Examples include contemporary slavery, immigration and hate crimes.        
  • An abundance of tables, graphs, and maps present a variety of rich data about American minority groups to ground the discussions and analysis.        
  • “Questions for Reflection” throughout the text help students identify key points, analyze the material, make connections across chapters, and recognize material that they need to clarify.       
  • SAGE edge offers a robust online environment featuring an impressive array of free tools and resources for review, study, and further exploration, keeping both instructors and students on the cutting edge of teaching and learning.        
  • Internet-based activities, available for each chapter on the SAGE edge site, help students apply ideas and concepts and form the basis for classroom discussion.

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