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Ethnicity and Race
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Ethnicity and Race
Making Identities in a Changing World

Second Edition


December 2006 | 336 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

"This book is very well written and clearly organized throughout. It is pitched at upper-level undergraduate and graduate-level race and ethnicity students...in sum, this is an important book, highly recommended to students and faculty alike. The authors draw extensively from classic and contemporary sociological theory throughout the text and maintain a transnational focus in each and every chapter." —TEACHING SOCIOLOGY

"I used Cornell's earlier edition for years and consider it to be one of the best explanations/ examinations of race and ethnic relations around."Margot Kempers, Fitchburg State College

Ethnicity and Race: Making Identities in a Changing World, Second Edition uses examples and extended case studies from all over the world to craft a compelling, even-handed account of the power and persistence of ethnicity and race in the contemporary world. Known for its conceptual clarity, world-historical scope, and fair-minded treatment of these oft controversial topics, this updated and expanded edition retains all of the core elements and constructionist insights of the original.

New to the Second Edition:

  • Provides new concrete examples from around the world: Dozens of new examples have been added, including extended case studies of ethnic/identity construction in the former Yugoslavia, South Africa, and New Zealand. In addition, several new sections discuss treatments of neo-assimilation and segmented assimilation, and the invisibility of racial dominance.
  • Incorporates the latest research and thinking in the field: Motivated by the suburban uprisings of 2005, an extended case study of race, culture, and belonging in contemporary France is fashioned. The theoretical underpinnings of this unique synthesis of race and ethnicity are sharpened throughout the volume, and the authors incorporate some of their own recent work on ethnic and racial analytic frames to sketch out broader implications for the field and possibilities for the future.
  • Discusses the emergence of modernity and globalization: The authors demonstrate why ethnic and racial boundaries over the last 30 years and contrary to earlier, optimistic predictions have become stronger and more strident under the pressures of modernization, mass communication, and secularization. The book concludes by discussing how the downward spiral of hate and separateness can be halted, and even reversed.

Intended Audience:
This influential text is ideal for advanced undergraduate courses on race and ethnicity such as American Race Relations; Racial and Ethnic Relations; Ethnic Conflict; Comparative Race Relations; Cultural Diversity; Immigration Studies in the departments of Sociology, Ethnic Studies, Global Studies, and Anthropology.

 
About the Authors
 
Foreword
 
Preface to the 2nd Edition
 
Preface
 
1. The Puzzles Of Ethnicity And Race
An Unexpected Persistence and Power

 
A Puzzling Diversity of Forms

 
Ethnicity and Race as Sociological Topics

 
An Outline of What Follows

 
 
2. Mapping the Terrain: Definitions
The Definition of Ethnicity

 
The Definition of Race

 
Ethnicity and Race

 
Nationalism and Belonging

 
Conclusion

 
 
3. Fixed or Fluid? Alternative Views of Ethnicity and Race
The Assimilationist Assumption

 
Primordialism

 
Circumstantialism

 
Primordialism and Circumstantialism Compared

 
Conclusion

 
 
4. A Constructionist Approach
The Construction of Ethnic and Racial Identities

 
The Nature of Ethnic and Racial Bonds

 
The Reconstruction of Circumstances

 
The Logic of Ethnic and Racial Construction

 
Reframing Intergroup Relations

 
Conclusion

 
 
5. Case Studies in Identity Construction
Case 1. The Power of Circumstances: Blacks and Indians in the United States

 
Case 2. Between Assertion and Assignment: Chinese Americans in Mississippi

 
Case 3. From Thick Ethnicity to Thin: German Americans

 
Case 4. Constructed Primordiality and Ethnic Power: Afrikaners in South Africa

 
Case 5. From Thin Ethnicity to Thick: Basketball and War in the Former Yugoslavia

 
Case 6. Race, Culture, and Belonging: Who Is France?

 
A Comparison of Cases

 
Conclusion

 
 
Chapter 6. Construction Sites: Contextual Factors in the Making of Identities
Critical Sites

 
Politics

 
Labor Markets

 
Residential Space

 
Social Institutions

 
Culture

 
Daily Experience

 
Summarizing Contextual Factors

 
Conclusion

 
 
Chapter 7. What They Bring: Group Factors in the Making of Identities
Preexisting Identities

 
Population Size

 
Internal Differentiation

 
Social Capital

 
Human Capital

 
Symbolic Repertoires

 
Groups, Contexts, and Agendas

 
Conclusion

 
 
Chapter 8. Making Sense and Making Selves in a Changing World
The Impact of Modernity

 
Mixing and Multiplicity

 
Separation and Consolidation

 
Making Sense, Making Selves, Making Others

 
Conclusion

 
 
References

"This book is very well written and clearly organized throughout.  It is pitched at upper-level undergraduate and graduate-level race and ethnicity students...in sum, this is an important book, highly recommended to students and faculty alike.  The authors draw extensively from classic and contemporary sociological theory throughout the text and maintain a transnational focus in each and every chapter."  —TEACHING SOCIOLOGY

Mirelle Cohen
Olympic College
Teaching Sociology

This offers useful material for thinking about race and ethnicity.

Dr Sonya Sharma
Criminology and Sociology, Kingston University
April 10, 2014

Good overview of introductory concepts and theories

Professor Melanie Gast
Center for Research on Educational Opportunity, University of Notre Dame
November 30, 2011

Seems to be a well-rounded introduction to the topic of race and ethnicity

Ms Susanne Auer
Humanities and Social Science, Oglala Lakota College
April 20, 2011

Content and material is appropriate for graduate level course on multiculturalism as a supplemental or main text. This book can also be used for a social stratification course in sociology department.

Ms La Shawn Bacon
Counselor Ed and Supn, University of Iowa
December 14, 2009
Key features
Feature – Social Constructionist perspective throughout.  
Benefit – Illustrates how ethnic and racial identities come into being, and the social processes by which they are reproduced and transformed, fostering critical thinking.   

Feature – Updated Case Studies in Chapter 5  
Benefit – Provides concrete examples of the theoretical and historical framework of race and ethnicity developed in chapters 1-4.  

Feature – Global and Comparative Focus paying particular attention to ways that dynamics of ethnicity and race are linked with historical and global forces.  
Benefit – Avoids the parochialism that often limits the American vision of ethnicity and race

Feature - Detailed and thoughtful dissection of identity
Benefit - Students find their theoretical arguments and empirical examples very useful in bringing this somewhat nebulous concept "down to earth."

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