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Race and Ethnic Relations: American and Global Perspectives, 9th Edition

  • Martin N. Marger Michigan State University
  • ISBN-10: 1111186383  |  ISBN-13: 9781111186388
  • 592 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2009, 2009, 2006
  • © 2012 | Published
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RACE AND ETHNIC RELATIONS: AMERICAN AND GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES, Ninth Edition, explores race and ethnic relations in a global context, while extensively covering groups and issues in American society. The text’s unique comparative approach is critical and relevant in light of the increasing ethnic diversity in most contemporary societies as well as the prominence of ethnic conflicts in virtually all world regions.

Features and Benefits

  • Comprehensive coverage of immigration, including theory; American immigration history; and current issues and patterns of immigration (Chapter 5), as well as new discussions of the economic and social impact of current immigration (Chapter 12).
  • The book’s visual component has improved, with significantly more tables and figures to help students comprehend concepts more readily, along with updated maps and figures throughout and chapters completely updated with the latest statistics and illustrations.
  • There is comprehensive coverage of Arab Americans in Chapter 12 and increased coverage of three major Latino groups--Central American, South American, and Caribbean--in Chapter 8 on Hispanic Americans.
  • The final chapter deals with ethnic conflict and change, highlighting several recent and ongoing ethnic conflicts in the contemporary world. Rwanda, the former Yugoslavia, Iraq, and Northern Ireland are covered in Chapter 16, “Global Issues of Ethnic Conflict and Change.”
  • The text provides excellent global coverage and inclusion of race and ethnic relations in other countries, including a unique comparative case study approach to four other countries: South Africa, Brazil, Northern Ireland, and Canada.
  • A power-conflict perspective emphasizes the power dynamics among a society’s various groups.
  • Each chapter of Part III (covering non-American, multi-ethnic societies) is a section concisely describing the major points of difference and similarity between the United States and the particular society covered in that chapter. The feature enables instructors and students to relate materials from these chapters to U.S. ethnic dynamics and issues more easily.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Some Basic Concepts.
2. Ethnic Stratification: Majority and Minority.
3. Tools of Dominance: Prejudice and Discrimination.
4. Patterns of Ethnic Relations: Assimilation and Pluralism.
5. Immigration and the Foundations of the American Ethnic Hierarchy.
6. Native Americans.
7. African Americans.
8. Hispanic Americans.
9. Asian Americans.
10. White Ethnic Americans.
11. Jewish Americans.
12. The Changing Context of American Race and Ethnic Relations: Current and Future Issues.
13. South Africa: Society in Transition.
14. Brazil: Racial and Ethnic Democracy?
15. Canada: Ethnic Model of the Future?
16. Global Issues of Ethnic Conflict and Change.

What's New

  • All statistical material has been updated, using the latest figures from the U.S. Census Bureau as well as from other data-gathering organizations in the United States and abroad.
  • Much of the statistical data previously presented in tabular form has been converted into more easily read and comprehended graphs, charts, and maps.
  • All chapters contain new or more recent citations, reflecting the continued vast production of empirical and theoretical literature in the field of race and ethnic relations.
  • The summary section of each chapter has been bulleted, making for greater clarity and comprehension of the chapter’s key points.
  • The most evident new feature of this edition is a set of critical-thinking questions placed at the end of each chapter. The purpose of these questions is not simply to aid in recalling specific points but to encourage students to think in a sociological mode, examining current issues using materials that have been explained and discussed in each chapter.
  • An entirely new introductory section discussing current issues of race and ethnicity, especially the real and symbolic importance of the election of a self-identified African American as U.S. president.

Learning Resource Bundles

Choose the textbook packaged with the resources that best meet your course and student needs. Contact your Learning Consultant for more information.

Bundle: Race and Ethnic Relations: American and Global Perspectives, 9th + Race and Ethnicity in Society: The Changing Landscape, 3rd

ISBN-10: 1133074227  | ISBN-13: 9781133074229

Bundle: Text + CourseReader 0-30: Sociology Printed Access Card

ISBN-10:  1111982589 | ISBN-13:  9781111982584


All supplements have been updated in coordination with the main title. Select the main title's "About" tab, then select "What's New" for updates specific to title's edition.

For more information about these supplements, or to obtain them, contact your Learning Consultant.

Instructor Supplements

Online PowerPoint® Slides  (ISBN-10: 1111942471 | ISBN-13: 9781111942472)

Enhance your lectures with these PowerPoint® slides, fully updated and revised for the ninth edition of the textbook. The slides include a comprehensive outline of key concepts, figures and tables from the book, discussion questions, and “quick quiz” multiple choice questions to get your students interacting with the material. The PowerPoint® slides are available for download on the instructor companion website.

Online Instructor’s Manual/Test Bank  (ISBN-10: 111194265X | ISBN-13: 9781111942656)

This fully updated and revised supplement contains a chapter outline, key terms, lecture ideas, questions for discussion, Internet and InfoTrac activities, student activities, and additional resources. It also details what is new in the ninth edition of the textbook. NEW to this edition: Martin Marger has compiled a list of suggested readings for every chapter, which is now included in the instructor’s manual. The test bank contains thirty-five to forty multiple choice and fifteen essay questions per chapter. The instructor’s manual and test bank are available for download on the instructor companion website.

AIDS in Africa DVD  (ISBN-10: 0495171832 | ISBN-13: 9780495171836)

Expand your students’ global perspective of HIV/AIDS with this award-winning documentary series focused on controlling HIV/AIDS in Southern Africa. Films focus on caregivers in the faith community; how young people share messages of hope through song and dance; the relationship of HIV/AIDS to gender, poverty, stigma, education, and justice; and the story of two HIV-positive women helping others.

The Wadsworth Sociology Video Library, Vol. 1 (featuring BBC Motion Gallery Video Clips)  (ISBN-10: 0495909734 | ISBN-13: 9780495909736)

Enhance your lectures with new video clips from the BBC Motion Gallery and CBS news. Addressing a variety of sociological topics, these videos are divided into short segments, perfect for introducing key concepts with footage sourced from some of the most remarkable collections in the world.

Sociology of Sports Module  (ISBN-10: 0495598127 | ISBN-13: 9780495598121)

The Sociology of Sports module examines why sociologists are interested in sports, mass media and sports, popular culture and sports (including feature length films on sports), sports and religion, drugs and sports, and violence and sports. As part of Wadsworth’s Add-a-Module program, Sociology of Sports can be purchased separately, bundled, or customized with any of our introductory texts. The modules present topics not typically covered in most introductory texts, but often requested by instructors.

Student Supplements

Sociology of Sports Module  (ISBN-10: 0495598127 | ISBN-13: 9780495598121)

The Sociology of Sports module examines why sociologists are interested in sports, mass media and sports, popular culture and sports (including feature-length films on sports), sports and religion, drugs and sports, and violence and sports.

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Martin N. Marger

Martin N. Marger received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Miami, his master’s degree from Florida State University, and his doctorate from Michigan State University. In addition to his research and writing in the field of race and ethnic relations, his work includes studies in social inequality and political sociology. He is also the author of SOCIAL INEQUALITY: PATTERNS AND PROCESSES.