Americans All

Americans All : Race and Ethnic Relations in Historical, Structural, and Comparative Perspectives

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The second edition of Peter Kivisto and Wendy Ng's Americans All introduces foundational ideas and concepts about race and ethnic groups and applies them to issues and events relevant to today's college student population. The text combines both empirical and theoretical material and is designed to help students better understand our highly diverse society. It illustrates the importance of using sociology to identify and assess both the dynamics of ethnic conflicts and the forces that might serve to create a more harmonious society. This text differs from other race and ethnic group texts in three significant ways: * First, it is more historically grounded, making use of the scholarship of social historians in an interdisciplinary way. * Second, it offers a genuinely comparative perspective. The authors highlight similarities and differences between and among groups-as well as distinctions in time, place, and circumstance-that account for contemporary differences in the social locations and well-being of the nation's major ethnic groups. Likewise, cross-national comparisons make sense of how the United States relates to other major liberal democracies in the world. * Third, the book examines the inner workings of racial and ethnic communities, including discussions of group cultures, institutions, resources, and internal divisions. New features of this completely updated and streamlined edition include: * A new chapter on multiculturalism that provides insightful comparisons between the United States and Australia, Canada, France, Germany and Great Britain. * "Voices"-boxed inserts in each chapter-that provide first-person accounts of the impact of ethnic identity on everyday lived experience. * In-depth discussions of theoretical developments in the field, particularly focusing on current discussions of multiculturalism and transnationalism. * Greater attention to the interplay between ethnicity, class, and gender. * Extensive use of the most cutting-edge research on new immigrants in the United States. * An Instructor's Manual/Testing Program and online Interactive Student Study Guide are available.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 430 pages
  • 182.88 x 256.54 x 27.94mm | 884.5g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • halftones & line illus.
  • 0195330536
  • 9780195330533

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I found this book to be refreshing in its candor, brilliant in its creativity, and exciting in its ability to provide fresh insights into what appear to be timeless questions for Americans. I like the authors' approach, which blends history, structure, and theory. I would characterize it as scholarly, challenging, critical, and highly readable. * Rodney Coates, Miami University * I found this book to be refreshing in its candor, brilliant in its creativity, and exciting in its ability to provide fresh insights into what appear to be timeless questions for Americans. I like the authors' approach, which blends history, structure, and theory. I would characterize it as scholarly, challenging, critical, and highly readable. * Rodney Coates, Miami University *show more

Table of contents

PART I: THINKING ABOUT RACE AND ETHNICITY; 1: ETHNIC AND RACIAL DIMENSIONS; 2: TOWARD A CONCEPTUAL MAP OF ETHNIC RELATIONS; PART II: SOCIOLOGY MEETS HISTORY; 3: CONSTRUCTING WASP HEGEMONY AND THE RACIAL "OTHER" FROM COLONIAL AMERICA TO THE CIVIL WAR; 4: RECONFIGURING THE RACIAL DIVIDE: IMMIGRATION AND WHITE SUPREMACY, 1865-1950; PART III: YESTERDAY, TODAY, AND TOMORROW: FROM 1950 TO THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY; 5: EUROPEAN AMERICANS: THE TWILIGHT OF ETHNICITY?; 6: AFRICAN AMERICANS: THE ENDURING AMERICAN DILEMMA; 7: AMERICAN INDIANS: THE CONTINUING PLIGHT OF THE FIRST OF THIS LAND; 8: LATINO AMERICANS: INTO THE MAINSTREAM OR ON THE MARGINS?; 9: ASIAN AMERICANS: THE MYTH OF THE MODEL MINORITY; 10: MULTICULTURAL PROSPECTS IN COMPARATIVE PERSPECTIVE; REFERENCES; SUBJECT INDEX; AUTHOR INDEXshow more

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