Race and Ethnicity in the United States

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  • Edition: 8th
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  • Copyright: 2015-01-21
  • Publisher: Pearson
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For courses in Race and Ethnic Relations


A History of Misunderstanding: Race and Ethnicity in the United States

Race and Ethnicity in the United States explores the complex history of cultural differences in a nation comprised of immigrants. By examining major themes of multiculturalism, discrimination, injustice, and diversity, the text explores the historical patterns of our country’s treatment of people of different faiths, colors, and cultures.


The Eighth Edition discusses recent 21st century phenomena in diversity and immigration in the United States, including the rising number of Latino and Asian American youth and the continued discrimination of Native American populations. Providing a broad yet current assessment of our nation’s immigration and multicultural patterns, the text serves as a comprehensive source for racial and ethnic studies.


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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 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 30 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 Diversity in the USA (Pearson 2014) and Racial and Ethnic Groups, fourteenth edition(Pearson, 2014). Dr. Schaefer is the general editor of the three-volume Encyclopedia of Race, Ethnicity, and Society (2008). He is also the author of the thirteenth edition of Sociology (2012), the eleventh edition of Sociology: A Brief Introduction (2015), third edition Sociology: A Modular Approach (2015), and the sixth edition of Sociology Matters (2013). Schaefer coauthored with William Zellner the ninth edition of Extraordinary Groups (2011), which, in 2014, was translated into Japanese. 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:

I)  Brief Table of Contents

II) Detailed Table of Contents


I) 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        

II) Detailed Table of Contents


Chapter 1. Exploring Race and Ethnicity         

Ranking Groups

Types of Groups   

Does Race Matter?

Biracial and Multiracial Identity: Who Am I?

Sociology and the Study of Race and Ethnicity     

The Creation of Subordinate-Group Status

The Consequences of Subordinate-Group Status  

Resistance and Change           

Matrix of Domination: Minority Women       


Chapter 2. Prejudice            

Prejudice and Discrimination

Theories of Prejudice


Color-Blind Racism

The Mood of the Oppressed

Intergroup Hostility        

Reducing Prejudice        


Chapter 3. Discrimination

Understanding Discrimination           

Hate Crimes  

Institutional Discrimination      

Wealth Inequality: Discrimination’s Legacy

Environmental Justice                       

Affirmative Action

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

Restrictionist Sentiment Increases  

Contemporary Social Concerns          

Illegal Immigration         

Path to Citizenship: Naturalization     

Women and Immigration         

The Global Economy and Immigration         

The Environment and Immigration  



Chapter 5. Ethnicity and Religion

Studying Whiteness  

The Rediscovery of Ethnicity

The German Americans            

The Irish Americans

The Italian Americans                       

The Polish Americans               

Religious Pluralism         

Religion and the Courts           


Chapter 6. The Nation as a Kaleidoscope        

The Glass Half Empty               

Is There a Model Minority?  

Acting White, Acting Black, or Neither         

Persistence of Inequality         

Talking Past One Another




Photo Credits               

Author Index               

Subject Index             


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