Changing Terrain of Race and Ethnicity, The
Publication Year: 2004
Published by: Russell Sage Foundation
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THIS BOOK EMERGES from a set of conversations that began in the fall of 2000 with colleagues at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). During these conversations, we discussed and debated what were the most pressing questions facing those trying to understand present day race relations and racial inequality. That group, initially convened...
1. Introduction: Assessing Changes in the Meaning and Significance of Race and Ethnicity
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THE MEANING AND significance of race and ethnicity in the United States have been of enduring interest inside and outside the halls of academia. Early social scientific work focused on such concerns as dismantling notions of biological determinism, identifying the deleterious consequences of legal segregation and blatant racial prejudice for...
PART I: THE CHANGING MANIFESTATIONS OF RACE IN ATTITUDES AND INSTITUTIONS
2. Inequalities That Endure? Racial Ideology, American Politics, and the Peculiar Role of the Social Sciences
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AS PART OF research on the intersection of poverty, crime, and race, I conducted two focus groups in a major eastern city in early September 2001, just prior to the tragic events of September 11. The dynamics of the two groups, one with nine white participants and another with nine black participants, drove home for me very powerfully just...
3. Color-Blind Racism and Racial Indifference: The Role of Racial Apathy in Facilitating Enduring Inequalities
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THE CIVIL RIGHTS movement prompted several important changes in American society. One significant change has been the decline in overt expressions of racial prejudice over the past four decades (Schuman et al. 1997). This decline has led some observers to argue that white racial antipathy has virtually disappeared in the United States...
4. Institutional Patterns and Transformations: Race and Ethnicity in Housing, Education, Labor Markets, Religion, and Criminal Justice
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WHERE PEOPLE LIVE, go to school, work, and pray—as well as the system purported to protect them as they go about these and other pursuits—continues to be fundamentally shaped by race and ethnicity. An individual’s race and ethnicity shapes how he or she is treated by the institutions of housing, education, labor markets, religion, and the criminal justice...
PART II: CHANGES IN RACIAL CATEGORIES AND BOUNDARIES
5. Identifying with Multiple Races: A Social Movement That Succeeded but Failed?
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THE CIVIL RIGHTS revolution of the 1960s fundamentally changed how racial information is used. Prior to that decade, race was used to assign students to schools, to determine where people could live, to determine which job, if any, candidates were offered, and even whom people could marry. The litigation strategy of the National Association for the...
6. “We Are All Americans”: The Latin Americanization of Race Relations in the United States
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“WE ARE ALL Americans! ” This, we contend, will be the racial mantra of the United States in years to come. Although for many analysts, because of this country’s deep history of racial divisions, this prospect seems implausible, nationalist statements denying the salience of race are the norm throughout the world. Countries such as Malaysia and...
PART III: THEORETICAL CONSIDERATIONS IN THE CHANGING TERRAIN OF RACE AND ETHNICITY
7. Race, Gender, and Unequal Citizenship in the United States
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IN ITS FOUNDING documents, the United States declared its dedication to ideals of universal freedom and equality. Today, after more than two centuries of struggle to realize these ideals, race, gender, and class inequality remain pervasive and deeply entrenched in American society. Their very persistence indicates that rather than being either surface...
8. Toward an Integrated Theory of Systemic Racism
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IN THE UNITED STATES, theories about racial and ethnic matters often take the form of theories of assimilation and ethnicity (seen as an umbrella category including nationality and “race”), theories dealing with “race” and stratification issues (for example, middleman minorities theory), and theories dealing with the social or ideological construction of...
9. The Political and Theoretical Contexts of the Changing Racial Terrain
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AT THE FIRST Pan-African Conference held in London in August 1900, the great African American scholar W. E. B. DuBois (1970, 125) predicted that “the problem of the twentieth century is the problem of the color line, the question as to how far differences of race . . . will hereafter be made the basis of denying to over half the world the right...
10. Racial Exploitation and the Wages of Whiteness
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DISCUSSIONS IN THE academy in general, and in philosophy in particular, of racial injustice have come a long way over the past decade or two. More senior African American philosophers in normative theory, such as Bernard Boxill (1984/1992) and Howard McGary (1999), can testify far better than I can how little interest there was in these matters...
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Publication Year: 2004