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Diversity and Society

Diversity and Society
Race, Ethnicity, and Gender

Fifth Edition
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February 2016 | 536 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Adapted from Joseph F. Healey and Eileen O’Brien’s bestselling Race, Ethnicity, Gender, and Class, this brief and accessible text presents a unified sociological frame of reference to help students analyze minority-dominant relations in the U.S. Diversity and Society: Race, Ethnicity, and Gender, Fifth Edition explores the history and contemporary status of racial and ethnic groups in the U.S., including differences between the experiences of minority women and men. In addition, the book includes comparative, cross-national coverage of group relations.
Part I 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  
What Is a Minority Group?  
Patterns of Inequality  
Visible Distinguishing Traits: Race and Gender  
Key Concepts in Dominant-Minority Relations  
A Global Perspective  
Chapter 2: Assimilation and Pluralism: From Immigrants to White Ethnics
Other Group Relationships  
From Immigrants to White Ethnics  
Variations in Assimilation  
The Descendants of the Immigrants Today  
Contemporary Immigrants: Does the Traditional Perspective Apply?  
Implications for Examining Dominant-Minority Relations  
Part II: The 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  
The Creation of Minority Status for American Indians and Mexican Americans  
Comparing Minority Groups  
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 Group 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  
Part III: 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  
Is the Glass Half Empty or Half Full?  
Chapter 6: American Indians: From Conquest to Tribal Survival in a Postindustrial Society
Size of the Group  
American Indian Cultures  
Relations With the Federal Government After the 1890s  
Protest and Resistance  
Contemporary American Indian-White Relations  
Assimilation and Pluralism  
Comparing Minority Groups  
Progress and Challenges  
Chapter 7: Hispanic Americans: Colonization, Immigration, and Ethnic Enclaves
Mexican Americans  
Puerto Ricans  
Cuban Americans  
Prejudice and Discrimination  
Assimilation and Pluralism  
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  
Part IV: 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 Carribbean  
Contemporary Immigration From Asia  
Middle Eastern and Arab Americans  
Modes of Incorporation  
Immigration: Issues and Controversies  
Is Contemporary Assimilation Segmented?  
Recent Immigration in Historical and Global Context  
New Immigrants and Old Issues  
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  


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This text highlights the importance of Diversity and discusses some of the wider societal contemporary issues faced in some cultures. However, it is limited in relation to the UK, but most students find this text helpful especially the Access to HE students who need to develop their own knowledge and understanding of the subject matter.

Miss Ella Malton
Department of Health & Social Studies, Grimsby Institute of HE And FE
January 16, 2018

The book is based on American society so the students on our course would not find this useful. As an educator I have enjoyed reading it and furthering my knowledge. As the statistics are all compiled on American immigrants there are some pertinent issues which apply to the UK, but the majority of the book would only interest American students.

Mrs JULIE Mallinder-Smith
School of Social Science, Blackburn College
November 14, 2016

A highly recommended read for any course exploring aspects of diversity.

The text explores aspects such as social class, gender and ethnicity, and the interrelationship between these social factors and social inequality.

The text is very US focused, with limited examples or analysis of diversity in the UK/Europe, which is somewhat of a limitation of the text.

However, the text is still very useful in understanding patterns of diversity, and the implications for social and economic inequality, which makes this a recommended text.

Mr Gavin Hatton
Sociology , Merthyr Tydfil College
September 26, 2016

Excellent textbook. This is my forth semester using this book and the students love it.

Dr Victor M Espinosa
Sociology Dept, Ohio State University
September 22, 2016

The textbook was relatively straightforward and easy for the students to understand.

Professor Richard Harris III
Fine Appld Arts Behav Sci Div, Solano Community College
September 6, 2016

Excellent book suitable for a range of courses delivered as part of our Access to H E provision

Mrs Michele Ponting
Social Work, PACA Adult Learning
May 18, 2016

Material from the new chapters on Sexuality and Gender in Race, Ethnicity, Gender and Class 7E (the book from which Diversity in Society has been adapted) has been integrated into other chapters in this book where appropriate.
New discussions about intersectionality have been added to chapters 1 and 10.
Terms that refer to sexual biology (male/female) have been changed to gender terms that refer to social meanings, roles, norms, and statuses (woman/man).
New "Applying Concepts" boxes at the end of each chapter provide opportunities for students to put new ideas into practice.
Figures and tables have been updated throughout with more current data.

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