Doing Race: 21 Essays for the 21st Century

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  • Edition: 00
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  • Copyright: 2010-04-17
  • Publisher: W W NORTON

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In Doing Race , scholars from across the disciplines have written original essays on race and ethnicity aimed at an undergraduate audience. The book provides a practical response to the view, common in American debates, that race and ethnicity no longer matter, or that race and ethnicity should not be taken into account when deciding how to structure society and formulate public policy. It also answers the question of why race and ethnicity play such a large role in fueling violence around the globe. Doing Race shows that race and ethnicity matter because they are important resources in answering the fundamental, even universal 'œWho am I?' and 'œWho are we?' questions. It demonstrates how understanding how identities are shaped by race and ethnicity is central to understanding individual and collective behavior in the United States and throughout the world. Drawing on the latest science and scholarship, these original essays provide undergraduates with an effective framework for understanding the persistence of racial inequalities and problems in the 21st century.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Doing Race: An Introductionp. 1
What race and ethnicity are, how they work, and why achieving a just society requires us to take account of them
Inventing Race and Ethnicity
How race is made real through governmental policies, scientific research, and medical marketing
Defining Race and Ethnicity: The Constitution, the Supreme Court, and the Censusp. 105
Models of American Ethnic Relations: Hierarchy, Assimilation, and Pluralismp. 123
The Biology of Ancestry: DNA, Genomic Variation, and Racep. 136
Which Differences Make a Difference? Race, DNA, and Healthp. 160
Racing Difference
The historically specific but universal processes by which difference becomes understood as inferiority
The Jew as the Original “Other”: Difference, Antisemitism, and Racep. 187
Knowing the “Other”: Arabs, Islam, and the Westp. 199
Eternally Foreign: Asian Americans, History, and Racep. 216
A Thoroughly Modern Concept: Ethnic Cleansing, Genocide, and the Statep. 234
Institutionalizing Difference
How race organizes what we know, where we live, how we are educated, who we punish
Race in the News: Stereotypes, Political Campaigns, and Market-Based Journalismp. 251
Going Back to Compton: Real Estate, Racial Politics, and Black-Brown Relationsp. 274
Structured for Failure: Race, Resources, and Student Achievementp. 295
Racialized Mass Incarceration: Poverty, Prejudice, and Punishmentp. 322
Racing Identity
How race and ethnicity shape how we see, how we act, and who we are
Who Am I? Race, Ethnicity, and Identityp. 359
In the Air between Us: Stereotypes, Identity, and Achievementp. 390
Ways of Being White: Privilege, Perceived Stigma, and Transcendencep. 415
Enduring Racial Associations: African Americans, Crime, and Animal Imageryp. 439
We're Honoring You, Dude: Myths, Mascots, and American Indiansp. 458
Re-presenting Reality
The singular and powerful role of the arts in challenging racial inequality by imagining alternate worlds
Another Way to Be: Women of Color, Literature, and Mythp. 483
Hiphop and Race: Blackness, Language, and Creativityp. 509
The “Ethno-Ambiguo Hostility Syndrome”: Mixed-Race, Identity, and Popular Culturep. 528
We Wear the Mask: Performance, Social Dramas, and Racep. 545
Creditsp. 563
Indexp. 567
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