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Race, Ethnicity, and Gender
Selected Readings

Second Edition
Edited by:


July 2007 | 504 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
This book of readings is designed to be both a stand alone reader as well as a companion title to Healey's Diversity and Society, Second Edition. The book is a unique mix of first-person accounts, competing views on various issues, and it includes articles from the research literature. The Narrative Portraits and most of the Current Debates articles are from Healey's Race, Ethnicity, Gender and Class, Fourth Edition. It will provide orientation on the issues which many instructors utilize when teaching the race and ethnicity course.
 
PART I. AN INTRODUCTION TO THE STUDY OF MINORITY GROUPS IN THE UNITED STATES
 
1. Diversity in the United States: Questions and Concepts
Narrative Portrait: The Social Construction of Racial Identity

 
Developing a Racial Identity

Lawrence Hill
Narrative Portrait: The Cultural Sources of Prejudice

 
Kaffir Boy

Mark Mathabane
Readings

 
Prejudice, Discrimination, and Racism

Norman Yetman
Using Racial and Ethnic Concepts: The Critical Case of Very Young Children

Debra van Ausdale and Joe R. Feagin
Constructing Categories of Difference

Karen Rosenblum and Toni-Michelle Travis
Current Debates: Race and Sports

 
The Dominance of Black Athletes is Genetic

Jon Entine
The Argument for Genetic Differences is Deeply Flawed

Kenan Malik
Debate Questions to Consider

 
 
2. Assimilation and Pluralism
Narrative Portrait: Assimilation, Then and Now

 
Choosing a Dream: Italians in Hell's Kitchen

Mario Puzo
Always Running: La Vida Loca

Luiz Rodrigues
Readings

 
Divided Fates

M. Patricia Fernandez-Kelly and Richard Schauffler
Fifteen Years on the Bottom Rung

Anthony DePalma
Opening Faces: The Politics of Cosmetic Surgery and Asian American Women

Eugenia Kaw
Current Debates: English Only?

 
English Only Will Speed the Assimilation of Immigrants

Mauro Mujica
Bilingualism Should Be Encouraged

Aida Hurtado and Luis A. Vega
Debate Questions to Consider

 
 
PART II. THE EVOLUTION OF DOMINANT-MINORITY RELATIONS IN THE UNITED STATES
 
3. The Development of Dominant-Minority Relations in Pre-Industrial America: The Origins of Slavery
Narrative Portrait: A Slave's Life

 
Life as a Slave Girl

Harriet Jacobs
Narrative of the Life and Adventures of Henry Bibb

Henry Bibb
Readings

 
Slavery Unwilling to Die

Joe R. Feagin
Jezebel and Mammy: The Mythology of Female Slavery

Deborah Gray White
Current Debates: How Did Slavery Affect the Origins of African American Culture?

 
Slavery Created African American Culture

Stanley Elkins
African American Culture Was Created by an Interplay of Elements From Africa and America

William D. Piersen
Debate Questions to Consider

 
 
4. Industrialization and Dominant-Minority Relations: From Slavery to Segregation and the Coming of Post-Industrial Society
Narrative Portrait: The Kitchenette

 
Death on the City Pavement

Richard Wright
Readings

 
The Meaning of Emancipation According to Black Women

Angela Davis
What is Affirmative Action?

Fred L. Pincus
Adolescent Masculinity, Homophobia, and Violence: Random School Shootings, 1982-2001

Michael Kimmel and Matthew Mahler
Current Debates: Affirmative Action

 
Affirmative Action Casts Suspicions on Legitimate Black Achievement and Depicts African Americans as Incapable

Thomas Sowell
Why We Still Need Affirmative Action

Orlando Patterson
Debate Questions to Consider

 
 
PART III. UNDERSTANDING DOMINANT -MINORITY RELATIONS IN THE UNITED STATES TODAY
 
5. African Americans
Narrative Portrait: The Persistence of Racism

 
Just Walk on By: A Black Man Ponders His Ability To Alter Public Space

Brent Staples
The Mulatto Millennium

Danzy Senna
Readings

 
I Am Not a Racist But...

Eduardo Bonilla-Silva and Tyrone A. Forman
Race and Criminalization: Black Americans and the Punishment Industry

Angela Davis
The Elephant in the Living Room: The Issue of Race in Close Black/White Friendships

Kathleen Odell Korgen
Current Debates: Reparations

 
Reparations for African Americans in Historical Context

Joe R. Feagin and Eileen O'Brien
Reparations Are an Idea Whose Time Has Come

Manning Marable
Blood Money: Why I Don't Want Reparations for Slavery

John McWhorter
Debate Questions to Consider

 
 
6. Native Americans
Narrative Portrait: Native Americans' Experiences and Perspectives

 
Lakota Woman

Mary Crow Dog
Talking to the Owls and Butterflies

John Lame Deer
Readings

 
Growing Up Indian

Leonard Peltier
From the Ground Up

Charon Astoyer
Current Debates: Are Indian Sports Team Mascots Offensive?

 
Indian Symbols and Mascots Are Not Offensive

S.L. Price and Andrea Woo
Mascots Are Offensive

C. Richard King, Ellen J. Staurowsky, Lawrence Baca, R. Davis, and Cornel Pewewardy
Debate Questions to Consider

 
 
7. Hispanic Americans
Narrative Portrait: The Meaning of Macho

 
Americanization is Tough on Macho

Rose Del Castillo Guilbault
Narrative Portrait: Gender Images of Latinas

 
The Island Travels With You

Judith Ortiz Cofer
Readings

 
Mock Spanish: A Site for the Indexical Reproduction of Racism in American English

Jane H. Hill
Seeing More Than Black and White: Latinos, Racsim, and the Cultural Divide

Elizabeth Martinez
Not White or Black, but In Between: Latinos and Asian Americans Expanding the Language of Colorblind Racism

Eileen O'Brien
Current Debates: Is Americanization Threatened by" Hispanization"?

 
How to Make an American

John Fonte
Why We Shouldn't Worry About the "Hispanization" of the United States

Francis Fukuyama
Debate Questions to Consider

 
 
8. Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders
Narrative Portrait: The Relocation

 
We Were Just Japs

Joseph Kurihara
Readings

 
The Interrelationship Between Anti-Asian Violence and Asian America

Victor M. Hwang
South Korean Sex Slaves in the United States and Canada

Salim Jiwa
Current Debates: Asian American "Success": What Are the Dimensions, Causes, and Implications for Other Minority Groups?

 
The Success of Japanese Americans Is Cultural

Harry Kitano
The "Success" of Chinese Americans Is Structural

Alejandro Portes and Min Zhou
The Success of Asian Americans Has Been Exaggerated in Part to Criticize Other Minority Groups

Ronald Takaki
Debate Questions to Consider

 
 
9. New Americans: Immigration and Assimilation
Narrative Portrait: Two Stories of Immigration

 
Life in the Enclave

Ho Yang
Life as a Refugee

Vo Thi Tam
Readings

 
Immigrants in American Society

Philip Martin and Elizabeth Midgely
Discrimination and the American Dream: The Case of Middle Eastern Americans

Amir Marvasti and Karyn D. McKinney
Globalization and Its Mal(e)contents: The Gendered Moral and Political Economy of Terrorism

Michael S. Kimmel
Current Debates: Is Immigration Harmful or Helpful to the United States?

 
Immigration Is Harmful

Peter Brimelow
Immigration Is Not Harmful

Reynolds Farley
We Need to Reframe the Immigration Debate

George Borjas
Debate Questions to Consider

 
 
10. White Ethnic Groups
Narrative Portrait: Ethnicity, Prejudice, and the Irish Political Machine

 
Shadow of the Past

David Gray
Readings

 
How Jews Became White

Karen Brodkin
White Privilege and Male Privilege

Peggy McIntosh
Euphemized Racism: Moral qua Racial Boundaries

Michele Lamont
Current Debates: The Racial Identities of Whites and Blacks

 
The Need to Understand Whiteness

Richard Dyer
Symbolic and Involuntary Ethnicity

Mary Waters
Debate Questions to Consider

 
 
PART IV. CONCLUSIONS
 
11. Antiracist and Feminist Solutions
The Emperor's New Clothes

Patricia Williams
The Racial Preference Licensing Act

Derrick Bell
The Redefinition and Subversion of Comparable Worth in New York State: "We Did It Our Way"

Ronnie Steinberg and Jennifer Hickman
Building Connections with Antiracism and Feminism

Eileen O'Brien and Michael P. Armato
Abolish the White Race by Any Means Necessary

Noel Ignatiev and John Garvey
Being an Ally

Paul Kivel
Commitment to Combat Racism

Judith Katz
Tools for White Guys Who Are Working for Social Change

Chris Crass
Discussion Questions

 

My course is geared towards students just taking this class as an core requirement or as an introduction to the sociology or social work major.

If this were an upper-level sociology or social work course, this book would be more appropriate for the type of course I'd build around the material.

Mr Michael Dixon
Sociology Social Work Dept, Manchester College
January 27, 2015

Race Ethnicity and Gender. Good readings and chapter overviews. Current

Dr John Hudgins
Social Science Dept, Coppin State University
April 16, 2014

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