American Ethnicity: The Dynamics and Consequences of Discrimination

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  • Edition: 5th
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  • Copyright: 2010-05-17
  • Publisher: McGraw Hill
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This brief text provides an accessible introduction to the dynamics of racial and ethnic relations. After summarizing key concepts and theories, the authors develop a simple theoretical framework that guides the presentation of data on each of the prominent ethnic groups in America. As a result, the book examines each ethnic group from the same perspective, allowing students to compare the dynamics of discrimination against African Americans, Native Americans, Asian and Pacific Island Americans, white ethnic Americans, and Latinos.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1. Ethnicity and Ethnic Relations

Race and Ethnicity

Ethnic Groups

Minority Groups

Ethnic Discrimination

Ethnic Stratification

Types of Discrimination
The Institutionalization of Discrimination

Ethnic Prejudice

Adaptations to Prejudice and Discrimination

Passive Acceptance
Marginal Participation
Withdrawal and Self-Segregation
Rebellion and Revolt
Organized Protest


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Key Terms

Chapter 2. Explaining Ethnic Relations

Theories of Ethnic Relations

Assimilation Theories
Pluralism Theories
Biological Theories
Human Ecology Theories
Power and Stratification Theories

A Unified Theory of Ethnic Relations


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Chapter 3. The Anglo-Saxon Core and Ethnic Antagonism

Early Colonization of America

The Anglo-Saxons
The Early Colonists

The Cultural and Institutional Legacy of Early Colonization

The Core Culture
The Core Institutional Structures

Anglo-Saxon Hegemony and the Dynamics of Ethnicity

The Domination of the Anglo-Saxon Cure
The Anglo-Saxon Core and the Dynamics of Discrimination


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Chapter 4. White Ethnic Americans

Resource Shares of White Ethnic Groups

Irish Americans

Identifiability of Irish Americans
Negative Beliefs about Irish Americans
The Dynamics of Discriminatin against Irish Americans
The Stratification of Irish Americans

Italian Americans

Identifiablity of Italian Americans
Negative Beliefs about Italian Americans
Stratification of Italian Americans

Jewish Americans

Identifiablity of Jewish Americans
Negative Beliefs about Jewish Americans
The Dynamics of Discrimination against Jewish Amerians
The Stratification of Jewish Americans


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Chapter 5. African Americans

Resource Shares of African Americans

The Impoverishment of African Americans
The Income of African Americans
The Occupation Distribution of African Americans
Educational Attainment of African Americans
Housing of African Americans
Life Span of African Americans

The Dynamics of Discrimination against African Americans

Identifiability of African Americans
Negative Beliefs of African Americans
Institutionalized Discrimination against African Americans

Stratification of African Americans

Affluent and Poor African Americans: The Widening Gap
The African American Underclass: Myth or Reality?
Threats and Hostility toward African Americans

Responding to Discrimination

Protest during Slavery
Protest after Slavery
The Last Fifty Years


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Key Terms/Key Legislation

Chapter 6. Native Americans

On the Verge of Extinction

Resource Shares of Native Americans

Income of Native Americans
Occupational Distribution of Native Americans
Educational Attainment of Native Americans
Life Span of Native Americans
Housing of Native Americans
Poverty of Native Americans

The Dynamics of Discrimination against Native Americans

Identifiablity of Native Americans
Negative Beliefs about Native Americans
Institutionalized Discrimination against Native Americans

Stratification of Native Americans

Responding to Discrimination

War as a Nonviable Response
Retreatism as Another Nonviable Response
The Economic Battle


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Chapter 7. Latinos

Resource Shares of Latinos

Poverty Levels of Latinos
Income of Latinos
Occupational Distribution of Latinos
Educational Attainment of Latinos
Life Span of Latinos
Housing of Latinos

Mexican Americans

Identifiability of Chicanos
The History of Mexican Americans: Conquest,Displacement, and Exploitation
Negative Beliefs about Chicanos
The Dynamics of Discrimination against Mexican Americans
Stratification of the Mexican-Origin Population

Puerto Ricans

Identifiability of Puerto Ricans
Negative Beliefs about Puerto Ricans
The Dynamics of Discrimination against Puerto Ricans
Stratification of Puerto Ricans

Cuban Americans

Negative Beliefs about Cuban Americans
The Dynamics of Discrimination against Cuban Americans
Stratification of Cuban Americans


Points of Debate

Key Terms/Key Legislations

Chapter 8. Asian and Pacific Island Americans

Asian Americans

Resource Shares of Asian Americans

Incomes of Asian Americans
Occupational Distribution of Asian Americans
Educational Attainment of Asian Americans
Housing of Asian Americans
Life Span of Asian Americans

The Dynamics of Discrimination against Asian Americans

Identifiability of Asian Americans
Negative Beliefs About Asian Americans
Institutionalized Discrimination Against Asian Americans

Stratification of Asian Americans

Responding to Discrimination

The Precarious Situation for Asian Americans

Pacific Islanders: A Short Exploratory Note

Resource Shares of Pacific Islanders
Identifiability of Pacific Islanders
Negative Beliefs About Pacific Islanders
Institutionalized Discrimination Against Pacific Islanders
Stratification of Pacific Islanders


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Key Terms/Key Legislation

Chapter 9. Arab Americans

Who Are Arab Americans?

A Profile of Arab Americans
A Short History of Arab American Immigration

Resource Shares of Arab Americans

Incomes of Arab Americans
Poverty Among Arab Americans
Labor Force Participation Among Arab Americans
Educational Attainment of Arab Americans

The Dynamics of Discrimination Against Arab Americans

Identifiability of Arab Americans
Negative Beliefs About Arab Americans
Institutionalized Discrimination Against Arab Americans

Responding to Discrimination: Ethnogenesis


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Key Terms

Chapter 10. The Future of Ethnicity in America

The New Immigrants

Countries of Origin
Consequences of the New Immigration Patterns
Reasons for the Shift in Immigration Patterns
Settlement Patterns of the New Immigrants
Other Characteristics of the New Immigrants

The Immigration Dilemma

The Future Dynamic of Discrimination

Latinos and the American Future
Asian Americans in the Future
African Americans in the Future

New Patterns of Ethnic Mixing

The Problematic Nature of a Multicultural America

Conclusion: The Struggle for Social Justice in Twenty-First Century U.S. Society


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