The second edition of Race in Society analyzes the social dynamics of systemic racism and the persistence of racial inequality in US institutions. The book is informed by contemporary social science research and includes the most recent studies on racial disparities during the COVID pandemic and current racial protests.
Race in Society is intended for courses in the sociology of race and ethnicity and can be used in other social science and interdisciplinary courses. Its accessible writing style, student friendly approach, and brevity make it attractive to instructors who want to pair it with other monographs or anthologies.
Four themes guide the organization of the book:
New to this edition:
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.
PART I: THE SOCIAL CONSTRUCTION OF RACE1 Race: A Thoroughly Social Ideal2 What Do You Think? Prejudice, Racism, and Colorblindness 3 Representing Race: Popular Culture and the Media4 Who Do You Think You Are? Racial Identities and RelationshipsPart II: UNDERSTANDING RACIAL STRATIFICATION5 Diverse Histories/Common Threads: Race and Ethnicity Build a Nation6 Explaining Racial Stratification: Framing the DiscussionPart III: RACE AND SOCIAL INSTITUTIONS7 Economic Inequality: Work, Class, and Poverty8 Bringing It Home: Families and Communities9 Race and Place: Residential and Educational Segregation10 It Gets to You: Health Care and the Environment11 Justice and Injustice: Race, Crime and the Criminal Justice SystemPART IV: RACE AND SOCIAL CHANGE12 The Long Search for Racial Justice: Learning from the Past and Moving Forward
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/
Brief and highly accessible in style
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”)