Comprehensive yet concise, Margaret Andersen’s Race in Society, Second Edition is a topical introduction to race and ethnicity organized around four key questions: What does the idea of race mean and where does it come from? What are the consequences of the social construction of race? How is racial inequality structured into social institutions? What are different policies and approaches for change toward racial justice? In her accessible, student-friendly style, Andersen introduces readers to the current scholarship on race, including recent studies conducted during the COVID-19 pandemic and the protests following the murder of George Floyd.
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Margaret L. Andersen is the Edward F. and Elizabeth Goodman Rosenberg Professor Emerita of Sociology at the University of Delaware, where she was honored with two teaching awards. She is the former vice president of the American Sociological Association and former president of the Eastern Sociological Society.
PrefaceDilemma or Dream? The Quagmire of Race in America A Note on LanguageOrganization of the BookPedagogical Features of Race in Society New to the Second Edition Chapter-by-Chapter Changes Instructor and Student ResourcesAcknowledgments About the AuthorPART I THE SOCIAL CONSTRUCTION OF RACECHAPTER 1 Race: A Thoroughly Social Idea A Simple Experiment: Changing Your Race The One-Drop Rule The Myth of Biological Race Race: A Modern Idea Who Counts? Racial Classification Systems Defining Race and Ethnicity: Intersecting Ideas The Many Meanings of Race Race Is a Process, Not a Thing: Racial Formation Conclusion CHAPTER 2 What Do You Think? Prejudice, Racism, and Color Blindness The Social Dynamics of Prejudice Defining Prejudice Studying Prejudice: Its Origins
The Correlates and Consequences of Prejudice The Harm of Stereotypes Implicit Bias The Prejudice-Discrimination Link Polling for Prejudice: Have Attitudes Changed? Racism and Its Many Forms Racism and Power Laissez-Faire Racism “Gee, I Never Think of You as . . .”: Color-Blind Racism Conclusion CHAPTER 3 Representing Race: Popular Culture and the Media The Power of Culture: Cultural Racism, Stereotypes, and Controlling Images Surrounded by Stereotypes Objectifying “Others” through Controlling Images Echoes of the Past Who Sees What? Television Film Video Games News The Internet Race and Representation Race and Criminalization Sexualizing Women of Color Making People Other: The Alien Narrative Isn’t All in Good Fun? Markets, Makers, and Money: The Media Constructs Race Race, Resistance, and Alternative Visions Conclusion CHAPTER 4 Who Do You Think You Are? Racial Identities and RelationshipsWho Am I? Racial Identities in a Racialized Society Individuals in Society: The Formation of Identity Racial Identity: A Sense of Belonging
Borders and Binaries: The Complexities of Multiracial Identity Navigating Racial and Ethnic Borders Out of Many, One: Panethnic Identities Who’s White, and Why Does It Matter? Whiteness and White Privilege White Privilege and the Invisible Backpack White Fragility: A Response to Racism The Consequences of Color: Colorism It’s the Little Things that Count: Racial Microaggressions Who Do You Know? Interracial Relationships Conclusion PART II UNDERSTANDING RACIAL STRATIFICATIONCHAPTER 5 Diverse Histories/Common Threads: Race and Ethnicity Build a Nation Land of the Free, Home of Native AmericansThe Peculiar Institution: Slavery and Its Aftermath Annexing the Southwest: The Mexican American Experience Opening the Nation’s Doors—and Slamming Them Closed Chinese Americans Japanese Americans Waves of Whiteness: European Immigration Immigration Now: Changing the Face of the Nation Conclusion CHAPTER 6 Explaining Racial Stratification: Framing the Discussion A Structural Perspective on Racial Inequality Systemic Racism The Distribution of Resources The Past Shapes the Present Accumulating Advantage and Disadvantage State Policies Make a Difference Racism at Every Level Blaming the Victim Intersecting Inequalities: Race, Class, and Gender We Made It . . . Why Can’t They? Assimilation and the American Dream The Race-Class Connection
What about Culture? The Culture-Structure Debate Global Racial Inequality: Colonialism and Postcolonial Theory Conclusion PART III RACE AND SOCIAL INSTITUTIONSCHAPTER 7 Economic Inequality: Work, Class, and Poverty Income, Wealth, and Race Income Inequality Race, Wealth, and DebtGrowing Inequality and Economic Restructuring: Toxic for People of Color Race and the Workplace Occupational Segregation Unemployment and Joblessness The Immigrant Labor Force Explaining Racial Economic Inequality Overt Discrimination Human Capital A Split Labor Market Poverty: America’s Basement Measuring Poverty Who Are the Poor? Why Does Poverty Occur? The Safety Net . . . Full of Holes ConclusionCHAPTER 8 Bringing It Home: Families and Communities What Do Families Look Like? Diverse Family Forms Ties that Bind, Bonds that Break: Marriage and Divorce How Children Live Multigenerational Households and Grandparents Race and Same-Sex Couples Mythologizing Families: Racial Beliefs about Families Families in the Making: Diverse Histories of Family Formation Structuring Families: Structural Diversity Theory
Caring across the Life Course Racially Controlling Images of Motherhood The Myth of the Absent Black Father Eldercare Changing Trends for Racial-Ethnic Families Loving across Racial Lines: Interracial Dating and Marriage Families and Immigration Families and Social Policy Conclusion CHAPTER 9 Race and Place: Residential and Educational SegregationLiving in Separated Spaces: Housing and Residential Segregation Chocolate Cities, Vanilla Suburbs? Changing Patterns of ResidentialSegregation How Does Segregation Happen? The Consequences of Residential Segregation Learning in Unequal Places: Schooling in a Racially Unequal Society Segregation and Resegregation: The Aftermath of Brown Our Resegregated Schools Race and the Achievement Gap Race and Educational Outcomes Explaining the Achievement Gap Succeeding against the Odds: Race and School Success Conclusion CHAPTER 10 It Gets to You: Health Care and the Environment It Makes You Sick: Race and Health Disparities Race: A Matter of Life and Death Feeling the Burden: Stress and Hypertension Race and Risk: Alcohol and Substance Abuse Race Weighs In: Obesity and Eating Disorders Immigrant Health Why Do Racial Health Disparities Persist? The Race-Class Connection Racial Segregation and Its Connection to Health Institutional Racism and the Health Care SystemWe’ve Got You Covered: Health Insurance Health Care Workers Care and Cultural Competence
Up Close and Personal: Race and Reproductive Politics Eugenics Reproductive Control and Forced Sterilization Race Beliefs and Contemporary Reproductive Politics Racism in the Air We Breathe: Environmental Racism Siting Waste Intent or Innocence? The Environmental Justice Movement Climate Change: Are We All in It Together? ConclusionCHAPTER 11 Justice and Injustice: Race, Crime, and the Criminal Justice System Race and Crime: Myths and Realities Counting Crime: The Social Construction of Racial Categories Race, Violence, and Victimization Hate Crime Immigration and Crime: Rhetoric and Fact Criminal Injustice: Race and the Administration of Justice Policing and Social Control Getting Tough on Crime: Racial Disparities in Sentencing Mass Incarceration The Spillover Effect: Social Consequences of Mass Incarceration Death Row and Wrongful Conviction Explaining the Race-Crime Connection Conclusion PART IV Race and Social ChangeCHAPTER 12 The Long Search for Racial Justice: Learning from the Past and Moving ForwardThe Early Road to Civil Rights The Civil Rights Movement A Movement Unfolds The Montgomery Bus Boycott Confronting Evil: Nonviolent Civil Disobedience Achievements of the Civil Rights Movement
Power to the People: The Movement’s Radical Turn Striking Back: Black Power and Black Pride The Black Panther Party The Many Faces of Racial Liberation Contemporary Movements for Racial Justice Black Lives Matter Organizing for Change Color-Blind or Color-Conscious? Frameworks for Change Civil Rights and the Law Affirmative Action Antipoverty Programs The Diversity Agenda The New Multicultural/Multiracial Society: Where Are We Going? Conclusion Glossary References Author Index Subject Index
Andersen’s Race and Society engages the classroom with contemporary social scientific scholarship in race and ethnicity and wrestles with the historically rooted and contemporarily experienced complexities of racial and ethnic inequalities across individual, interpersonal, and institutional domains, all while pointing students toward racial justice.
Overall, Race in Society presents the data necessary to develop students’ ability to think critically about the social implications of race . . . Students will undoubtedly develop an understanding of how race is both a permanent fixture and yet a malleable construct in society at the same time. Students will likely appreciate the frequent references to contemporary phenomena such as racialized emojis and the Fight for 15 Movement. By prioritizing the relevance of race and racism through the acknowledgment of how it interacts with other structures in society, students who engage with this textbook will undoubtedly establish a critical sociological imagination, one attuned to how social inequality exists while recognizing that it doesn’t have to persist.
Examining the full range of sociology of race in the US, Andersen’s second edition provides accessible and up-to-date material for students to think critically about racial inequality and racial justice.
2/11/2021 - CHOICE featured this title in a list of Forthcoming Titles in African American Studies. Link: https://www.choice360.org/choice-pick/forthcoming-titles-in-african-american-studies/
Strong focus on intersectionality of race, class, and gender—work for which the author is well-known
new “Taking Action against Racism” to suggest how people can make a difference through action against racial injustice
engaging box features that feature the lived experience of racism (“Living with Racism” and also show the continuing significance of past practices on racial inequities (“Learning our Past”)