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Race, Ethnicity, and Gender

Race, Ethnicity, and Gender
Selected Readings

Second Edition
Edited by:

May 2007 | 504 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
The Second Edition of Race, Ethnicity, and Gender: Selected Readings offers 36 total readings featuring comprehensive, varied, and highly accessible views of the problems of racism and sexism in American society. Editors Joseph F. Healey and Eileen T. O'Brien present a variety of perspectives on some of pressing problems: racism and prejudice, inequality and discrimination, and assimilation and pluralism. This new edition includes historical perspectives, case studies of minority groups, a strong emphasis on gender, clashing perspectives on contemporary problems, and a chapter on solutions.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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
Key features

New to the Second Edition

  • Offers more material on gender, mixed race individuals, and new immigrants: This edition includes many new selections—13 new articles, 5 new Personal Narratives, and 3 new Current Debates.
  • Includes more detailed introductions for the readings followed by discussion questions: Each chapter begins with a framework essay and a set of questions which provide a focus and an orientation for the reader.
  • Parallels updates to the Second Edition of Diversity and Society: This edition corresponds to the chapters in the companion textbook while extending its analysis and broadening its perspective.

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