Ethnicity and Race : Making Identities in a Changing World

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2006-12-15
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications, Inc

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"This book is very well written and clearly organized throughout. It is pitched at upper-level undergraduate and graduate-level race and ethnicity students...in sum, this is an important book, highly recommended to students and faculty alike. The authors draw extensively from classic and contemporary sociological theory throughout the text and maintain a transnational focus in each and every chapter." -TEACHING SOCIOLOGY Ethnicity and Race: Making Identities in a Changing World, Second Edition uses examples and extended case studies from all over the world to craft a compelling, even-handed account of the power and persistence of ethnicity and race in the contemporary world. Known for its conceptual clarity, world-historical scope, and fair-minded treatment of these oft controversial topics, this updated and expanded edition retains all of the core elements and constructionist insights of the original.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. xi
Preface to the Second Editionp. xiii
Preface to the First Editionp. xvii
Acknowledgmentsp. xxi
The Puzzles of Ethnicity and Racep. 1
An Unexpected Persistence and Powerp. 5
A Puzzling Diversity of Formsp. 10
Ethnicity and Race as Sociological Topicsp. 12
An Outline of What Followsp. 13
Mapping the Terrain: Definitionsp. 15
The Definition of Ethnicityp. 15
The Definition of Racep. 21
Ethnicity and Racep. 26
Nationalism and Belongingp. 35
Conclusionp. 38
Fixed or Fluid? Alternative Views of Ethnicity and Racep. 41
The Assimilationist Assumptionp. 44
Primordialismp. 51
Circumstantialismp. 58
Primordialism and Circumstantialism Comparedp. 70
Conclusionp. 71
A Constructionist Approachp. 75
The Construction of Ethnic and Racial Identitiesp. 76
The Nature of Ethnic and Racial Bondsp. 89
The Problem of Authenticityp. 95
The Reconstruction of Circumstancesp. 98
The Logic of Ethnic and Racial Constructionp. 100
Reframing Intergroup Relationsp. 103
Conclusionp. 105
Case Studies in Identity Constructionp. 107
The Power of Circumstances: Blacks and Indians in the United Statesp. 107
Between Assertion and Assignment: Chinese Americans in Mississippip. 119
From Thick Ethnicity to Thin: German Americansp. 126
Constructed Primordiality and Ethnic Power: Afrikaners in South Africap. 135
From Thin Ethnicity to Thick: Basketball and War in the Former Yugoslaviap. 146
Race, Culture, and Belonging: Who Is France?p. 153
A Comparison of Casesp. 163
Conclusionp. 166
Construction Sites: Contextual Factors in the Making of Identitiesp. 169
Critical Sitesp. 170
Politicsp. 170
Labor Marketsp. 178
Residential Spacep. 182
Social Institutionsp. 186
Culturep. 191
Daily Experiencep. 199
Summarizing Contextual Factorsp. 204
Conclusionp. 208
What They Bring: Group Factors in the Making of Identitiesp. 211
Preexisting Identitiesp. 212
Population Sizep. 215
Internal Differentiationp. 218
Social Capitalp. 228
Human Capitalp. 234
Symbolic Repertoiresp. 236
Groups, Contexts, and Agendasp. 243
Conclusionp. 244
Making Sense and Making Selves in a Changing Worldp. 247
The Impact of Modernityp. 247
Mixing and Mutiplicityp. 250
Separation and Consolidationp. 258
Making Sense, Making Selves, Making Othersp. 262
Conclusionp. 264
Referencesp. 267
Indexp. 295
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