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Race and Ethnicity in the United States, 7th Edition

By Richard T. Schaefer

Published by Pearson

Published Date: Feb 21, 2012

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A concise introduction to race and ethnicity in the United States


Based on the opening chapters of the best-selling Racial and Ethnic Groups by the same author, this text covers the major topics that anchor courses in multiculturalism, diversity, and race and ethnic relations.


Six main topics are covered:

  • Theories and concepts in race and ethnicity
  • Prejudice
  • Discrimination
  • Immigration in the U.S.
  • Religion
  • The diverse population of the U.S.

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Table of Contents

In this Section:

1) Brief Table of Contents

2) Full Table of Contents


1) Brief Table of Contents


Chapter 1: Exploring Race and Ethnicity     

Chapter 2: Prejudice  

Chapter 3: Discrimination  

Chapter 4: Immigration       

Chapter 5: Ethnicity and Religion    

Chapter 6: The Nation as a Kaleidoscope   


2) Full Table of Contents


Chapter 1  Exploring Race and Ethnicity     


What Is a Subordinate Group? 

Types of Subordinate Groups  

Racial Groups     

Ethnic Groups        

Religious Groups    

Listen to Our Voices: Problem of the Color Line, W.E.B. Du Bois

Gender Groups      

Other Subordinate Groups 

Does Race Matter? 

Biological Meaning

Social Construction of Race

Biracial and Multiracial Identity: Who Am I? 

Research Focus: Measuring Multiracial Identity

Sociology and the Study of Race and Ethnicity

Stratification by Class and Gender

Theoretical Perspectives

The Creation of Subordinate-Group Status




The Consequences of Subordinate-Group Status







The Pluralist Perspective

Matrix of Domination: Minority Women

Resistance and Change


Chapter 2  Prejudice  


Prejudice and Discrimination

Merton’s Typology

LaPiere’s Study

White Privilege

Theories of Prejudice

Scapegoating Theory

Authoritarian Personality Theory

Exploitation Theory

Normative Approach


What Are Stereotypes?

Power of Stereotypes

Listen to Our Voices: National Media Should Stop Using Obscene Words, Tim Giago 

Stereotyping in Action: Racial Profiling  

Color-Blind Racism

The Mood of the Oppressed 

Intergroup Hostility

Reducing Prejudice 


Mass Media  

Research Focus: How Real Is Reality Television? 

Avoidance versus Friendship 

Corporate Response: Diversity Training  

Ways to Fight Hate   


Chapter 3  Discrimination  


Understanding Discrimination 

Relative versus Absolute Deprivation 

Total Discrimination

Hate Crimes  

Institutional Discrimination 

Research Focus: Discrimination in Job Seeking 

Discrimination Today   

Discrimination Hits the Wallet  

Eliminating Discrimination 

Wealth Inequality: Discrimination’s Legacy  

Environmental Justice  

Affirmative Action 

Affirmative Action Explained   

The Legal Debate 

Listen to Our Voices: The Enduring Relevance of Affirmative Action by Randall Kennedy

Reverse Discrimination 

The Glass Ceiling         


Chapter 4  Immigration       


Immigration: A Global Phenomenon   

Patterns of Immigration to the United States  

Today’s Foreign-Born Population      

Early Immigration

The Anti-Chinese Movement   

Restrictionist Sentiment Increases  

The National Origin System

The 1965 Immigration and Nationality Act 

Contemporary Social Concerns    

The Brain Drain   

Population Growth        

Mixed-Status Families   

Language Barriers  

Illegal Immigration

Path to Citizenship: Naturalization    

The Economic Impact of Immigration  

Listen to Our Voices: The Next Americans, Tomás Jiménez     

Women and Immigration       

The Global Economy and Immigration  

The Environment and Immigration   

Research Focus: Challenge to Pluralism: The Shark’s Fin



Chapter 5  Ethnicity and Religion    


Ethnic Diversity

Why Don’t We Study Whiteness?    


The Rediscovery of Ethnicity    

Blended Identity     

Listen to Our Voices: Asian America Still Discovering Elusive Identity, by Jean Han   

Research Focus: Self-Identifying as “Arab American”

The Third-Generation Principle  

Symbolic Ethnicity  

The German Americans   

Settlement Patterns 

Twentieth-Century German America    

The Irish Americans     

Irish Immigration    

Becoming White    

The Contemporary Picture    

The Italian Americans       

Early Immigration 

Constructing Identity 

The Contemporary Picture    

The Polish Americans       

Early Immigration  


The Contemporary Picture      

Religious Pluralism   

Diversity among Roman Catholics   

Diversity among Protestants

Religion and the Courts       


Chapter 6  The Nation as a Kaleidoscope   


The Glass Half Empty    

Is There a Model Minority?   

Listen to Our Voices: From Kawasaki to Chicago, Miku Ishii    

Acting White, Acting Black, or Neither

Persistence of Inequality         

Talking Past One Another       

Internet Resource Directory     




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