Perspectives on Race, Ethnicity, and Religion: Identity Politics in America

Paperback | March 17, 2009

EditorValerie Martinez-Ebers, Manochehr Dorraj

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This reader is an introduction to the relevant history, current issues, and dynamics of select minority groups in the United States. While previously written books on these topics usually confine their group coverage to African Americans, Hispanics, Asians and Pacific Islanders, and AmericanIndians, this volume expands the number of groups examined to include those previously noted, plus Jewish and Muslim Americans. First, the significance of globalization on individual, group and national identity is examined. Then, the social impact of immigration and the common experiences ofimmigrants are considered. Later chapters review the historical, legal, and political experiences of each aforementioned group as well as their attitudes and behaviors. The two-fold objective of the book is to provide students with the prerequisite information to evaluate the importance of race,ethnicity and religion for understanding the outcomes of American politics, in particular to help them see how the structure and operation of our political system sometimes obstructs the efforts of these groups to gain the full benefits of freedom and equal treatment promised under the AmericanConstitution. One of the advantages of this reader is that the contributing authors belong to the minority groups that they write about, but they also are all credentialed experts in their field of expertise, with advanced degrees in political science, sociology, history or religion. Thus they are able to drawupon the experiences of a group of people that they are intimately familiar with, while at the same time using the rational systematic approach of social scientists.

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This reader is an introduction to the relevant history, current issues, and dynamics of select minority groups in the United States. While previously written books on these topics usually confine their group coverage to African Americans, Hispanics, Asians and Pacific Islanders, and AmericanIndians, this volume expands the number of gr...

Valerie Martinez-Ebers is a Professor at the University of North Texas. Manochehr Dorraj is a Professor of Political Science at Texas Christian University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 9.41 × 6.3 × 1.1 inPublished:March 17, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Introduction1. Valerie Martinez-Ebers and Manochehr Dorraj: Change and Continuity in the Experiences of Racial, Ethnic and Religious Minorities in AmericaPart One: The Broader Context for Understanding Minority-Majority Relationships in the United States2. Sheila Croucher: Globalization and the American Nation3. Edwina Barvosa: A World Between: Multiple Identities and the Challenges Faced by First Generation Immigrants4. Jessica Lavariega Monforti: Immigration: Trends, Demographics, and Patterns of Political Incorporation5. Jocelyn Sage Weiner and Clyde Wilcox: Bridging the Cultural Divide: Accommodating Religious DiversityPart Two: The History and Contemporary Issues and Experiences of Select Minority Groups6. David Wilkins: "Measured Sovereignty:" The Political Experiences of Indigenous Peoples as Nations and Individuals7. Melanye T. Price and Gloria J. Hampton: Linked Fates, Disconnected Realities: The Post-Civil Rights African American Politics8. Jessica Lavariega Monforti and Lisa Garcia Bedolla: The Influence of History on the Policy Positions and Partisanship of Hispanics in the United States9. Morrison G. Wong: Model Minority or Perpetual Foreigner? The Political Experience of Asian Americans10. Paul Mendes-Flohr: Anti-Semitism and the Jewish-American Political Experience11. Manochehr Dorraj: Islamophobia, the Muslim Stereotype, and the Muslim-American Political ExperienceAppendixEditors' and Chapter Authors' Biographies