Higher Education

Race and Ethnicity in Society: The Changing Landscape, 3rd Edition

  • Elizabeth Higginbotham University of Delaware
  • Margaret L. Andersen University of Delaware
  • ISBN-10: 1111519536  |  ISBN-13: 9781111519537
  • 480 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2009, 2006
  • © 2012 | Published
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This engaging reader is organized in four major thematic parts, subdivided into thirteen different sections. Part I (“The Social Basis of Race and Ethnicity”) establishes the analytical frameworks that are now being used to think about race in society. The section examines the social construction of race and ethnicity as concepts and experience. Part II (“Continuity and Change: How We Got Here and What It Means”) explores both the historical patterns of inclusion and exclusion that have established racial and ethnic inequality, while also explaining some of the contemporary changes that are shaping contemporary racial and ethnic relations. Part III (“Race and Social Institutions”) examines the major institutional structures in contemporary society and investigates patterns of racial inequality within these institutions. Persistent inequality in the labor market and in patterns of community, residential, and educational segregation continue to shape the life chances of different groups. Part IV (“Building a Just Society”) concludes the book by looking at both large-scale contexts of change, such as those reflected in the movement to elect the first African American president.

Features and Benefits

  • Major themes include coverage showing the diversity of experiences that now constitute “race” in the United States; teaching students the significance of race as a socially constructed system of social relations; showing the connection between different racial identities and the social structure of race; understanding how racism works as a belief system rooted in societal institutions; providing a social structural analysis of racial inequality; providing a historical perspective on how the racial order has emerged and how it is maintained; examining how people have contested the dominant racial order; exploring current strategies for building a just multiracial society.
  • Each section includes several pages of analysis that outline the main concepts to be covered, providing a clear initial roadmap for reading and a convenient resource students can use with assignments and while preparing for exams.
  • The text’s unique organization according to overarching themes and relevant subtopics, including identity, social construction of race, why race matters, inequality, and segregation, places the articles into a broader context to promote greater understanding.
  • This innovative text looks beyond a simple black/white dichotomy and focuses more broadly on an extremely wide range of ethnic groups, providing a much more realistic and useful exploration of key topics that is more relevant and compelling for today’s diverse student population.

Table of Contents

1. The Social Construction of Race and Ethnicity
Introduction by Elizabeth Higginbotham and Margaret L. Andersen 1.Howard F. Taylor, “Defining Race”. 2.Joseph L. Graves, Jr., “The Race Myth”. 3.Abby Ferber, “Planting the Seed: The Invention of Race”. 4.Karen Brodkin, “How Did Jews Become White Folks?” 5.Michael Omi and Howard Winant, “On Racial Formation”. Student Exercises.
2. What Do You Think? Prejudice, Stereotyping, and Racism.
Introduction by Elizabeth Higginbotham and Margaret L. Andersen
6.Matthew Desmond and Mustafa Emirbayer, “American Racism in the Twenty-First Century”. 7.Charles A. Gallagher, “Color-Blind Privilege: The Social and Political Functions of Erasing the Color Line in Post Race America”. 8.Judith Ortiz Cofer, “The Myth of the Latin Woman: I Just Met a Girl Named Maria”. 9.Rainier Spencer, “Mixed Race Chic”
10.Rebekah Nathan, “What a Professor Learned by Becoming a Student”. Student Exercises
3. Representing Race and Ethnicity: The Media and Popular Culture.
Introduction by Elizabeth Higginbotham and Margaret L. Andersen. 11.Craig Watkins, “Black Youth and the Ironies of Capitalism”. 12.Fatimah N. Muhammed, “How to NOT Be 21st Century Venus Hottentots”. 13.Rosie Molinary, “María de la Barbie”
14.Charles Springwood and C. Richard King, “‘Playing Indian’: Why Native American Mascots Must End”. 15.Jennifer C. Mueller, Danielle Dirks, and Leslie Houts Picca, “Unmasking Racism: Halloween Costuming and Engagement of the Racial Order”. Student Exercises
4. Who Are You? Race and Identity.
Introduction by Elizabeth Higginbotham and Margaret L. Andersen. 16.Beverly Tatum, interview with John O’Neil, “Why are the Black Kids Sitting Together?” 17.Priscilla Chan, “Drawing the Boundaries”. 18.Michael Omi and Taeku Lee, “Barack Like Me: Our First Asian American President”. 19.Tim Wise, “White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son”. Student Exercises.
5. Who Belongs? Race, Rights, and Citizenship.
Introduction by Elizabeth Higginbotham and Margaret L. Andersen. 20.Evelyn Nakano Glenn, “Citizenship and Inequality”. 21.C. Matthew Snipp “The First Americans: American Indians”. 22.Susan M. Akram and Kevin R. Johnson, “Race, Civil Rights, and Immigration Law After September 11, 2001: The Targeting of Arabs and Muslims”. 23.Peggy Levitt, “Salsa and Ketchup: Transnational Migrants Saddle Two Worlds”. Student Exercises
6.The Changing Face of America: Immigration.
Introduction by Elizabeth Higginbotham and Margaret L. Andersen. 24.Mae M. Ngai, “Impossible Subjects: Illegal Aliens and the Making of Modern America”. 25.Nancy Foner, “From Ellis Island to JFK: Education in New York’s Two Great Waves of Immigration”
26.Charles Hirschman and Douglas S. Massey, “Places and Peoples: The New American Mosaic”. 27.Pew Research Center, “Between Two Worlds: How Young Latinos Come of Age in America”. Student Exercises.
7. Exploring Intersections: Race, Class, Gender and Inequality.
Introduction by Elizabeth Higginbotham and Margaret L. Andersen. 28.Patricia Hill Collins, “Toward a New Vision: Race, Class and Gender as Categories of Analysis and Connection”. 29.Yen Le Espiritu, “Theorizing Race, Gender, and Class”. 30.Roberta Coles and Charles Green, “The Myth of the Missing Black Father”. 31.Nikki Jones, “From Good to Ghetto”. 32.Gladys García-Lopez and Denise A. Segura, “‘They Are Testing You All the Time’: Negotiating Dual Femininities among Chicana Attorneys”. Student Exercises.
8. Race and the Workplace.
Introduction by Elizabeth Higginbotham and Margaret L. Andersen. 33.William Julius Wilson, “Toward a Framework for Understanding Forces that Contribute to or Reinforce Racial Inequality”. 34.Deirdre A. Royster, “Race and The Invisible Hand: How White Networks Exclude Black Men from Blue-Collar Jobs”. 35.Pierrette Hondagneu-Sotelo, “Families on the Frontier”. 36.Angela Stuesse, “Race, Migration and Labor Control”. Student Exercises.
9.Shaping Lives and Love: Race, Families, and Communities.
Introduction by Elizabeth Higginbotham and Margaret L. Andersen. 37.Joe R. Feagin and Karyn D. McKinney,.”The Family and Community Costs of Racism”. 38.Dorothy Roberts, “Shattered Bonds: The Color of Child Welfare”. 39.Kumiko Nemoto, “Interracial Relationships: Discourses and Images”. 40.Zhenchao Qian, “Breaking the Last Taboo: Interracial Marriage in America”. Student Exercises.
10. How We Live and Learn: Segregation, Housing, and Education.
Introduction by Elizabeth Higginbotham and Margaret L. Andersen. 41.John E. Farley and Gregory D. Squires, “Fences and Neighbors: Segregation in the 21st Century”. 42. Melvin L. Oliver and Thomas M. Shapiro, “Sub-Prime as a Black Catastrophe”. 43.Gary Orfield and Chungmei Lee, “Historic Reversals, Accelerating Resegregation and the Need for New Integration Strategies”. 44.Heather Beth Johnson and Thomas M. Shapiro, “Good Neighborhoods, Good Schools: Race and the ‘Good Choices’ of White Families”. Student Exercises.
11. Do We Care? Race, Health Care and the Environment.
Introduction by Elizabeth Higginbotham and Margaret L. Andersen. 45.H. Jack Geiger, “Health Disparities: What Do We Know? What Do We Need to Know? What Should We Do?” 46.Shirley A. Hill, “Cultural Images and the Health of African American Women”. 47.David Naguib Pellow and Robert J. Brulle, “Poisoning the Planet: The Struggle for Environmental Justice”. 48.Robert D. Bullard and Beverly Wright, “Race, Place and the Environment”. Student Exercises.
12.Criminal Injustice? Courts, Crime, and the Law.
Introduction by Elizabeth Higginbotham and Margaret L. Andersen. 49.Bruce Western, “Punishment and Inequality”. 50.Rubén Rumbaut, Roberto Gonzales, Goinaz Kamaie, and Charlie V. Moran, “Debunking the Myth of Immigrant Criminality: Imprisonment among First and Second Generation Young Men”. 51.Christina Swarns, “The Uneven Scales of Capital Justice”. 52.Devah Pager, “The Mark of a Criminal Record”. Student Exercises.
13. Moving Forward: Analysis and Social Action.
Introduction by Elizabeth Higginbotham and Margaret L. Andersen. 53.Thomas F. Pettigrew, “Post-Racism? Putting Obama’s Victory in Perspective”. 54.Frank Dobbins, Alexandra Kalev, and Erin Kelly, “Diversity Management in Corporate America”. 55.Southern Poverty Law Center, “Ways to Fight Hate”. Student Exercises.

What's New

  • Reorganization of the table of Contents into four major parts and thirteen different topical sections.
  • New introductions to each of the thirteen sections of the book. The introductions not only frame each section, but also provide discussion of major concepts needed to interpret the articles and, in many cases, some historical framing of the issues covered in the section.
  • Two entirely new sections in this edition--one on “Media and Popular Culture” (Section III) and one on “Race, Class, and Gender Inequality” (Section VII).
  • There are 33 new articles in the third edition of the book, selected to keep the anthology current and to reflect the very good work that people are doing as they think about race and ethnicity in society.
  • A new feature, included in each of the thirteen topical section introductions, is called “Face the Facts.” These are graphic depictions of basic information relevant to the section topics. Each section includes this feature so that instructors can help students interpret basic demographics and other data pertinent to the study of race and ethnicity.

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Instructor Supplements

Online Instructor's Resource Facilitating Discussions About Race and Ethnicity  (ISBN-10: 1111354251 | ISBN-13: 9781111354251)

Fully revised by Dr. Jennifer Chernega at Winona State University, this supplement offers creative class activities, discussion questions, and talking points that will encourage both instructors and students to feel comfortable talking about race and ethnicity in the classroom. The third edition booklet contains several new discussion questions and class activities per section. Additionally, the video suggestions now include several recent popular movies, not just academic films. These recent movies can help students see pop culture with a sociological eye.

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Elizabeth Higginbotham

Elizabeth Higginbotham (B.A., City College of the City University of New York; M.A., Ph.D., Brandeis University) is Professor of Sociology, Black American Studies, and Women's Studies at the University of Delaware. She is the author of TOO MUCH TO ASK: BLACK WOMEN IN THE ERA OF INTEGRATION (University of North Carolina Press, 2001) and co-editor of WOMEN AND WORK: EXPLORING RACE, ETHNICITY, AND CLASS (Sage Publications, 1997; with Mary Romero). She has also authored many articles in journals and anthologies on the work experiences of African American women, women in higher education, and curriculum transformation. While teaching at the University of Memphis, she received the Superior Performance in University Research Award for two consecutive years. Along with colleagues Bonnie Thornton Dill and Lynn Weber, she is a recipient of the American Sociological Association Jessie Bernard Award and Distinguished Contributions to Teaching Award for the work of the Center for Research on Women at the University of Memphis. She also received the Robin M. Williams Jr. Award from the Eastern Sociological Society, given annually to one distinguished sociologist. She served a term as Vice President of the Eastern Sociological Society and has held many elected leadership positions in the American Sociological Association.

Margaret L. Andersen

Margaret L. Andersen (B.A., Georgia State University; M.A., Ph.D. University of Massachusetts, Amherst) is the Edward F. and Elizabeth Goodman Rosenberg Professor of Sociology at the University of Delaware, where she has also served in several senior administrative positions, including most recently as Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs and Diversity. She holds secondary appointments in Black American Studies and Women and Gender Studies. She is the author of several books, including (among others) THINKING ABOUT WOMEN, recently published in its tenth edition; the best-selling anthology, RACE, CLASS, AND GENDER (co-edited with Patricia Hill Collins, now in its ninth edition); LIVING ART: THE LIFE OF PAUL R. JONES, AFRICAN AMERICAN ART COLLECTOR; and ON LAND AND ON SEA: A CENTURY OF WOMEN IN THE ROSENFELD COLLECTION. She is a member of the National Advisory Board for Stanford University's Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity, the Past Vice President of the American Sociological Association, and Past President of the Eastern Sociological Society, from which she received the ESS Merit Award. She has also received two teaching awards from the University of Delaware and the American Sociological Association's Jessie Bernard Award.