9780807041512

The Ethnic Myth: Race, Ethnicity, and Class in America

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  • ISBN13:

    9780807041512

  • ISBN10:

    0807041513

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 12/1/1989
  • Publisher: Random House Inc
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Summary

Sociologist Stephen Steinberg argues that traits which are often considered "ethnic" may well be more directly related to class, locality, and other social conditions. Updated with a lengthy epilogue on recent immigrants and a penetrating reappraisal of the black underclass. "An exciting yet level-headed critique . . . a clear, well-written and often provocative analysis." -Herbert Gans, Columbia University

Table of Contents

Preface to the Updated Edition ix(4)
Preface: The Demystification of Ethnicity xiii(2)
Acknowledgments xv
PART ONE THE SIMMERING MELTING POT 3(74)
Introduction: The New Ethnicity in Historical Perspective 3(2)
Chapter 1. The Ignominious Origins of Ethnic Pluralism in America
5(39)
Chapter 2. The Ethnic Crisis in American Society
44(33)
PART TWO SOCIAL CLASS AND ETHNIC MYTHS 77(92)
Introduction: The New Darwinism 77(5)
Chapter 3. The Myth of Ethnic Success: The Jewish Horatio Alger Story
82(24)
Chapter 4. The Culture of Poverty Reconsidered
106(22)
Chapter 5. Education and Ethnic Mobility: The Myth of Jewish Intellectualism and Catholic Anti-Intellectualism
128(23)
Chapter 6. Why Irish Became Domestics and Italians and Jews Did Not
151(18)
PART THREE THE CLASS CHARACTER OF RACIAL AND ETHNIC CONFLICT 169(94)
Introduction: The "Iron Law of Ethnicity" Revised 169(4)
Chapter 7. The Reconstruction of Black Servitude after the Civil War
173(28)
Chapter 8. Racial and Ethnic Conflict in the Twentieth Century
201(21)
Chapter 9. The "Jewish Problem" in American Higher Education
222(31)
Chapter 10. Dilemmas and Contradictions of Ethnic Pluralism in America
253(10)
EPILOGUE Ethnic Heroes and Racial Villains in American Social Science 263(40)
Index 303

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