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A concise introduction to race and ethnicity in the United States Based on the opening chapters of the best-selling Racial and Ethnic Groupsby the same author, this text covers the major topics that anchor courses in multiculturalism, diversity, and race and ethnic relations. Six main topics are covered: Theories and concepts in race and ethnicity Prejudice Discrimination Immigration in the U.S. Religion The diverse population of the U.S. A better teaching and learning experience This program will provide a better teaching and learning experiencefor you and your students. Here's how: Personalize LearningMySearchLab delivers proven results in helping students succeed, provides engaging experiences that personalize learning, and comes from a trusted partner with educational expertise and a deep commitment to helping students and instructors achieve their goals. Improve Critical Thinking- Review Questions and Critical Thinking Questions at the end of each chapter help to reinforce key points and encourage students to think more deeply about the key topics of the chapter. Engage Students- The student-friendly narrative clearly explains each topic. Explore Theory-Research Focus boxed features highlight relevant research in the subject area of each chapter. Support Instructors- An Instructor's Manual, Test Bank, PowerPoints, and the New MySearchLab with eText support instructors. Note:MySearchLab does not come automatically packaged with this text. To purchase MySearchLab, please visit: www.mysearchlab.comor you can purchase a valuepack of the text + MySearchLab (at no additional cost): ValuePack ISBN-10: 0205231624 / ValuePack ISBN-13: 9780205231621.

Author Biography

Richard T. Schaefer grew up in Chicago at a time when neighborhoods were going through transitions in ethnic and racial composition. He found himself increasingly intrigued by what was happening, how people were reacting, and how these changes were affecting neighborhoods and people’s jobs. In high school, he took a course in sociology. His interest in social issues caused him to gravitate to more sociology courses at Northwestern University, where he eventually received a B.A. in sociology.

“Originally as an undergraduate I thought I would go on to law school and become a lawyer. But after taking a few sociology courses, I found myself wanting to learn more about what sociologists studied and was fascinated by the kinds of questions they raised,” Dr. Schaefer says. “Perhaps the most fascinating and, to me, relevant to the 1960s was the intersection of race, gender, and social class.” This interest led him to obtain his M.A. and Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Chicago. Dr. Schaefer’s continuing interest in race relations led him to write his master’s thesis on the membership of the Ku Klux Klan and his doctoral thesis on racial prejudice and race relations in Great Britain.

Dr. Schaefer went on to become a professor of sociology. He has taught sociology and courses on multiculturalism for thirty years. He has been invited to give special presentations to students and faculty on racial and ethnic diversity in Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, and Texas.

Dr. Schaefer is the author of Racial and Ethnic Groups , twelfth edition census update (Pearson Prentice Hall, 2011). Dr. Schaefer is the General Editorgeneral editor of the three-volume Encyclopedia of Race, Ethnicity, and Society (2008). He is also the author of the twelfth edition of Sociology (2010), the eighth edition of Sociology: A Brief Introduction (2009), and the fourth edition of Sociology Matters (2008). Schaefer co-authored with William Zellner the eighth edition of Extraordinary Groups (2008). His articles and book reviews have appeared in many journals, including American Journal of Sociology, Phylon: A Review of Race and Culture, Contemporary Sociology, Sociology and Social Research, Sociological Quarterly, and Teaching Sociology. He served as president of the Midwest Sociological Society from 1994 to 1995. In recognition of his achievements in undergraduate teaching, he was named Vincent de Paul Professor of Sociology in 2004.

Table of Contents

In this Section:

1) Brief Table of Contents

2) Full Table of Contents


1) Brief Table of Contents


Chapter 1: Exploring Race and Ethnicity     

Chapter 2: Prejudice  

Chapter 3: Discrimination  

Chapter 4: Immigration       

Chapter 5: Ethnicity and Religion    

Chapter 6: The Nation as a Kaleidoscope   


2) Full Table of Contents


Chapter 1   Exploring Race and Ethnicity     


What Is a Subordinate Group? 

Types of Subordinate Groups  

Racial Groups     

Ethnic Groups        

Religious Groups    

Listen to Our Voices: Problem of the Color Line, W.E.B. Du Bois

Gender Groups      

Other Subordinate Groups 

Does Race Matter? 

Biological Meaning

Social Construction of Race

Biracial and Multiracial Identity: Who Am I? 

Research Focus: Measuring Multiracial Identity

Sociology and the Study of Race and Ethnicity

Stratification by Class and Gender

Theoretical Perspectives

The Creation of Subordinate-Group Status




The Consequences of Subordinate-Group Status







The Pluralist Perspective

Matrix of Domination: Minority Women

Resistance and Change


Chapter 2   Prejudice  


Prejudice and Discrimination

Merton’s Typology

LaPiere’s Study

White Privilege

Theories of Prejudice

Scapegoating Theory

Authoritarian Personality Theory

Exploitation Theory

Normative Approach


What Are Stereotypes?

Power of Stereotypes

Listen to Our Voices: National Media Should Stop Using Obscene Words, Tim Giago 

Stereotyping in Action: Racial Profiling  

Color-Blind Racism

The Mood of the Oppressed 

Intergroup Hostility

Reducing Prejudice 


Mass Media  

Research Focus: How Real Is Reality Television? 

Avoidance versus Friendship 

Corporate Response: Diversity Training  

Ways to Fight Hate   


Chapter 3   Discrimination  


Understanding Discrimination 

Relative versus Absolute Deprivation 

Total Discrimination

Hate Crimes  

Institutional Discrimination 

Research Focus: Discrimination in Job Seeking 

Discrimination Today   

Discrimination Hits the Wallet  

Eliminating Discrimination 

Wealth Inequality: Discrimination’s Legacy  

Environmental Justice  

Affirmative Action 

Affirmative Action Explained   

The Legal Debate 

Listen to Our Voices: The Enduring Relevance of Affirmative Action by Randall Kennedy

Reverse Discrimination 

The Glass Ceiling         


Chapter 4   Immigration       


Immigration: A Global Phenomenon   

Patterns of Immigration to the United States  

Today’s Foreign-Born Population      

Early Immigration

The Anti-Chinese Movement   

Restrictionist Sentiment Increases  

The National Origin System

The 1965 Immigration and Nationality Act 

Contemporary Social Concerns    

The Brain Drain   

Population Growth        

Mixed-Status Families   

Language Barriers  

Illegal Immigration

Path to Citizenship: Naturalization    

The Economic Impact of Immigration  

Listen to Our Voices: The Next Americans, Tomás Jiménez     

Women and Immigration       

The Global Economy and Immigration  

The Environment and Immigration   

Research Focus: Challenge to Pluralism: The Shark’s Fin



Chapter 5   Ethnicity and Religion    


Ethnic Diversity

Why Don’t We Study Whiteness?    


The Rediscovery of Ethnicity    

Blended Identity     

Listen to Our Voices: Asian America Still Discovering Elusive Identity, by Jean Han   

Research Focus: Self-Identifying as “Arab American”

The Third-Generation Principle  

Symbolic Ethnicity  

The German Americans   

Settlement Patterns 

Twentieth-Century German America    

The Irish Americans     

Irish Immigration    

Becoming White    

The Contemporary Picture    

The Italian Americans       

Early Immigration 

Constructing Identity 

The Contemporary Picture    

The Polish Americans       

Early Immigration  


The Contemporary Picture      

Religious Pluralism   

Diversity among Roman Catholics   

Diversity among Protestants

Religion and the Courts       


Chapter 6   The Nation as a Kaleidoscope   


The Glass Half Empty    

Is There a Model Minority?   

Listen to Our Voices: From Kawasaki to Chicago, Miku Ishii    

Acting White, Acting Black, or Neither

Persistence of Inequality         

Talking Past One Another       

Internet Resource Directory     



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