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What is the state of race relations in the U.S.? Are we making progress toward ending racial discrimination and prejudice? What, exactly, does "race" mean?
In Race in the 21st Century: Ethnographic Approaches, Second Edition, John Hartigan, Jr., takes an anthropological look at such questions by introducing students to the study of race through qualitative methods. In the first text to take an explicitly ethnographic approach, Hartigan summarizes and explains the current state of social science knowledge on race in the U.S., motivating students to think through essential questions about race in relation to their own lives. In contrast with many texts, Race in the 21st Century focuses not on essential differences between racial or ethnic groups, but rather on the commonalities. Hartigan concentrates on the particular contexts in which people actively engage and respond to racial meanings and identities. In this way, he encourages readers to think critically about the meaning of race.
The second edition of Race in the 21st Century features a new chapter, "Postracial America," which examines contentious arguments about whether or how race still matters in the U.S. today. It engages students fully in the important question of what "postracial America" might mean or look like.
John Hartigan, Jr. is Professor of Anthropology at The University of Texas at Austin and the Director of the Américo Paredes Center for Cultural Studies. He is the author of What Can You Say? America's National Conversation on Race (2010), Odd Tribes: Towards a Cultural Analysis of White People (2005), and Racial Situations: Class Predicaments of Whiteness in Detroit (1999).
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Recognizing Race Questioning Race The Facts of Racial Inequality The Changing Role of Racism The Cultural Domain Race in Relation to Culture Cultural Analysis Ethnographic Examples
Chapter 2: Race, Culture, and Ethnography Fundamental Features of Racial Analysis Ethnographic Perspectives on Race Cultural Dynamics of Race American Culture in Three Words Antiracism and Ethnography Ethnography of Antiracist Workshops Another View from Detroit How to Listen to "White Talk" Combining an Attention to Race and Culture
Chapter 3: Race and Nature: Culture, Biology, and Genetics What is Nature? Totemic Identities Racial Classification (Mis)Uses of Biology Race and Disease Racial Health Disparities Understanding Genetics and Culture The Controversy over Genes and Race Genes and Culture: A Resolution Conclusion
Chapter 4: Understanding Whiteness Objectifying White People What is Whiteness? Whiteness and Discourse Whiteness as a Subject of Study Studying White People in Everyday Life Locating Whites in the Social Landscape Class and Race: Bringing Greater Specificity to Whiteness
Chapter 5: Understanding Blackness Objectifying Black People What is Blackness? Blackness and Discourse Blackness as a Subject of Study Studying Black People in Everyday Life Locating Blacks in the Social Landscape Class and Race: Bringing Greater Specificity to Blackness
Chapter 6: Beyond Black and White Racial Groups? Ethnicity and Race Racialization of Latinos and Asian Americans Ethnographic Perspectives on Latinos Ethnographic Perspectives on Asian Americans
Chapter 7: Ethnography of Race What Do We Know About Race, Based on Ethnographic Research? Cultural Analysis of Race
Chapter 8: Post-Racial America What Is Changing with Race Today? Fracturing Whiteness Post-Blackness What Remains the Same? Coloring Risk Recent Ethnographies Conclusion
Appendix A: Taking It to the Field: Analyzing Race in a Cultural Framework