Race and Ethnicity: An Anthropological Focus on the United States and the World

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Raymond Scupin
Prentice Hall, 2003 - Social Science - 471 pages
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Covering basic concepts and research, this book presents state of the art, highly readable essays on both the theoretical issues and empirical studies of race and ethnicity in the U.S. and throughout the world. It introduces the concepts of race, the fallacies of scientific racism, and theoretical perspectives on ethnicity—followed by fourteen chapters that share the empirical findings of anthropologists on race and ethnicity in the U.S. and the world. For individuals interested in getting a global perspective on race and ethnic relations, and reducing some of the superficial media-based characterizations and representations of race and ethnic issues throughout the world.

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I. Author Bio

II. Author Letter

I. Author Bio

Raymond Scupin is Professor of Anthropology and International Studies at Lindenwood University. His research interests include Asia, Islam, religion, race and ethnicity issues, and political economy. He has done ethnographic research in Thailand and among American Indians in California. Recent publications include Cultural Anthropology: A Global Perspective and Religion and Culture: An Anthropological Focus, both published by Prentice Hall.

II. Author Letter

Dear Colleague,

One of the major objectives of both sociology and anthropology is to comprehend both the differences and similarities among different groups of humans throughout the world. A major lesson derived from anthropological and sociological research is that as different groups learn about each other's cultural values, norms, behaviours, goals, and aspirations, the less likely they are to maintain rigid stereotypes and misconceptions about one another, thus, one of the practical results of anthropological and sociological research is a reduction in racism, ethnocentrism, and in-group and out-group animosities and tensions.

I invite you to consider my new edition of Race and Ethnicity: The United States and the World (The Second Edition) to introduce your students to the most current, interesting, and exciting research in this field.

My text on race and ethnicity issues based on research contributions of anthropologists and sociologists provides undergraduate students an understanding of these phenomena from a global perspective. It covers the concept of ethnicity by demonstrating how anthropologists and sociologists do research on various ethnic, nationalist, and ethnonationalists issues. In fact, the first five chapters of R&E provide students with the state-of-the-art research on the history of scientific racialism, the contemporary concept of race as understood by modern anthropologists, and some provocative research on how humans tend to classify ethnic groups in essentialist forms all over the world. These chapters help students develop a more nuanced, up-to-date, critical view of race and ethnicity concepts and constructs.

Students are then introduced to the research of anthropologists and sociologists on race and ethnicity within the United States. Up-to-date chapters on Native American Indians, Wasps and white ethnics, Jewish Americans, African Americans, Hispanic/Latino Americans, Asian Americans and Arab Americans are written by specialists in these areas combining history along with anthropological and sociological research on the contemporary conditions of these different ethnic groups in U.S. society. These chapters help expand the awareness of American or international students from many different backgrounds about the tremendous ethnic diversity in U.S. society.

Finally, students are introduced to the up-to-date chapters on race and ethnicity in Latin America and the Caribbean, Africa, the Middle East, Asia, Europe, and Canada again, written by specialists who have conducted ethnographic and sociological research in these areas of the world. These final chapters build on the conceptual frameworks provided in earlier chapters to help illustrate these patterns and dimensions of race and ethnicity in a global context. These chapters provide students with insights about how colonialism, nationalism, racism, and ethnic relations have developed in various areas of the globe.

With Race and Ethnicity 2e, I believe you will be able to demonstrate how important anthropological and sociological research is in understanding race and ethnicity issues throughout the world. I am available for questions from anyone considering or reviewing this textbook at my email address, rscupin@lindenwood.edu.


Raymond Scupin

Lindenwood University

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