Race and ethnicity in society: the changing landscape

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Thomson/Wadsworth, 2006 - Social Science - 442 pages
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This engaging reader consists of 57 edited articles, divided into seven parts. Part I establishes the importance of examining race as a contemporary social issue. Part II establishes the analytical frameworks that are now being used to think about race in society. Part III examines the most immediately experienced dimensions of race: beliefs and ideology. Part IV examines racial identity and interracial relationships, topics that are especially interesting to students. Part V analyzes the importance of the political economy of race, showing how the economic exploitation of racial groups is buttressed by political arrangements in the state. In particular, the racial division of labor is supported by concepts of citizenship that deny full rights of citizenship to certain groups. Part VI details the consequences of race and racism as manifested in different social institutions, including work, family, health, housing, education, and social justice. Each section includes articles examining the outcomes within social institutions that stem from the reality of racial inequality in society. Part VII focuses on social movements and social change.

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Elizabeth Higginbotham is Professor of Sociology and Criminal Justice at the University of Delaware. She is editor most recently of Race and Ethnicity in Society: The Changing Landscape (Wadsworth, 2005).

Margaret L. Andersen, raised in Oakland, California; Rome, Georgia; and Boston, is Edward F. and Elizabeth Goodman Rosenberg Professor of Sociology at the University of Delaware. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and her B.A. from Georgia State University. She is the author of Thinking About Women: Sociological Perspectives on Sex and Gender (Allyn and Bacon) and the best-selling Wadsworth text, Race, Class, and Gender: An Anthology (with Patricia Hill Collins). She is also the author of On Land and On Sea: A Century of Women in the Rosenfeld Collection and Living Art: The Life of Paul R. Jones, African American Art Collector. She has recently served as Vice President of the American Sociological Association from which she has also received the prestigious Jessie Bernard Award. She has also been awarded the SWS Feminist Lecturer Award, given annually by SWS (Sociologists for Women in Society) to a social scientist whose work has contributed to improving the status of women in society. She currently serves as Chair of the National Advisory Board of the Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity at Stanford University. She has served as the Interim Dean of the College of Arts and Science and Vice Provost for Academic Affairs at the University of Delaware, where she has also won the University's Excellence in Teaching Award. She lives on the Elk River in Maryland with her husband Richard Rosenfeld.

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