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Diversity and Society
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Diversity and Society
Race, Ethnicity, and Gender

Sixth Edition
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July 2019 | 568 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

The author is a proud sponsor of the 2020 SAGE Keith Roberts Teaching Innovations Award—enabling graduate students and early career faculty to attend the annual ASA pre-conference teaching and learning workshop.

“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.
 
Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
PART 1 • 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

 
Conclusion

 
Main Points

 
Review Questions

 
Group Discussion

 
Internet Learning Resources

 
Notes

 
 
Chapter 2 • Assimilation and Pluralism: From Immigrants to White Ethnics
Assimilation

 
Pluralism

 
Other Group Relationships

 
From Immigrants to White Ethnics

 
Patterns of Assimilation

 
Variations in Assimilation

 
The Descendants of the Immigrants Today

 
Contemporary Immigrants: Does the Traditional Perspective Apply?

 
Implications for Examining Dominant–Minority Relations

 
Main Points

 
Review Questions

 
Group Discussion

 
Internet Learning Resources

 
Note

 
 
PART 2 • 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

 
Paternalistic Relations

 
The Dimensions of Minority Group Status

 
The Creation of Minority Status for Native Americans and Mexican Americans

 
Comparing Minority Groups

 
Main Points

 
Review Questions

 
Group Discussion

 
Internet Learning Resources

 
Notes

 
 
Chapter 4 • Industrialization and Dominant–Minority Relations: From Slavery to Segregation and the Coming of Postindustrial Society
Industrialization and the Shift from Paternalistic to Rigid Competitive Group Relations

 
The Impact of Industrialization on the Racial Stratification of African Americans: From Slavery to Segregation

 
The Dimensions of Minority Group Status

 
Industrialization, the Shift to Postindustrial Society, and Dominant–Minority 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

 
Main Points

 
Review Questions

 
Group Discussion

 
Internet Learning Resources

 
Note

 
 
PART 3 • 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?

 
Main Points

 
Review Questions

 
Internet Learning Resources

 
Note

 
 
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

 
Protest and Preservation of Native American Cultures

 
Contemporary Native American–White Relations

 
Assimilation and Pluralism

 
Comparing Minority Groups

 
Progress and Challenges

 
Main Points

 
Review Questions

 
Internet Learning Resources

 
Notes

 
 
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

 
Main Points

 
Review Questions

 
Internet Learning Resources

 
 
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

 
Assimilation and Pluralism

 
Comparing Minority Groups: Explaining Asian American Success

 
Main Points

 
Review Questions

 
Points to Consider

 
Internet Learning Resources

 
Note

 
 
PART 4 • 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 Colombia

 
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

 
New Immigrants and Old Issues

 
Main Points

 
Review Questions

 
Internet Learning Resources

 
 
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

 
Summary

 
Note

 
 
References
 
Glossary
 
Index
 
About the Authors

Supplements

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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

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