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Diversity in America

Third Edition


July 2008 | 240 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
This Third Edition once more squarely addresses the topic which perhaps generates more passion, invective, and raucous debate than all others in American society today. Is multiculturalism a threat to us? Is there too much immigration? Are Americans no longer sufficiently 'American'? This book answers these questions by using history and sociology to shed light on socially constructed myths about the past, misunderstandings from the present, and anxieties about the future of American social and cultural diversity.
 
1. Perception and Reality
What This Book Is All About

 
Seeing Is Believing, But Is It Knowing?

 
The Cultural Homogeneity Myth

 
The Rise, Fall, and Rise of Pluralism

 
The Melting Pot

 
The Dillingham Flaw

 
Understanding Today by Knowing about Yesterday

 
 
2. Diversity in Aboriginal America
The Larger Context

 
Diversity in Language

 
Diversity in Gender Roles

 
Diversity in Clothing

 
Diversity in Housing

 
Diversity in Social Organization

 
Diversity in Values

 
The Next Horizon

 
 
3. Diversity in Colonial Times
The Larger Context

 
Colonial Beginnings

 
Geographic Variances in Diversity

 
Religious Diversity

 
A Kaleidoscope Society

 
The Next Horizon

 
 
4. Diversity in the Early National Period
The Larger Context

 
Building a National Identity

 
Social Structure and Social Class

 
Religion, Power, and Group Consciousness

 
The Nation's First Census

 
Expanding Territory and Diversity

 
The Drop in Immigration

 
The Significance of Natural Population Growth

 
Emergence of a Common Culture

 
The False Horizon

 
 
5. Diversity in the Age of Expansion
The Larger Context

 
Travelers Discover the Ethnic Mosaic

 
The French

 
The Irish

 
The Germans

 
Native Americans

 
The Africans

 
The Chinese

 
The Mexicans

 
Intergroup Conflicts

 
The Next Horizon

 
 
6. Diversity in the Industrial Age
The Larger Context

 
Minority Family Economies

 
Population Diversity

 
African Americans

 
Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders

 
Hispanic Americans

 
Native Americans

 
Middle Eastern Americans

 
Northern and Western European Americans

 
Southern, Central, and Eastern European Americans

 
Intergroup Conflicts

 
The Next Horizon

 
 
7. Diversity in the Information Age
The Larger Context

 
The Human Element

 
Institutionalizing Minority Rights

 
The Europeans

 
Asians and Pacific Islanders

 
Black Americans

 
Hispanic Americans

 
North Africans and Southwest Asians

 
Native Americans

 
Religious Diversity

 
The Next Horizon

 
 
8. Intergenerational Comparisons
Why Are Voices Raised Against Immigration?

 
Immigration Rate

 
Foreign-Born Population

 
Race in America

 
Mainstream Americans

 
Perception and Reality

 
The Larger Context

 
Today's Patterns in Perspective

 
 
9. Is Multiculturalism a Threat?
The Umbrellas of Multiculturalism

 
The Larger Context

 
Roses and Thorns

 
The Thorns of Multiculturalism

 
The Roses of Multiculturalism

 
Is Multiculturalism the Enemy?

 
 
10. Multiculturalism after Nine-Eleven
Government Responses

 
Public Response

 
Measuring Social Distance after Nine-Eleven

 
Have Attitudes Changed about Immigration?

 
The Larger Context

 
What about Tomorrow?

 
 
11. The Next Horizon
The Dawning of a New Century

 
World Population Growth

 
U.S. Population Predictions

 
The Dillingham Flaw in Reverse

 
Factors Influencing Change

 
The Challenge of Racial Diversity

 
Increased Religious Diversity

 
The Mainstreaming of Women

 
The Ever-Changing Mosaic

 

Sample Materials & Chapters

Ch. 1 - Perception and Reality

Ch. 3 - Diversity in Colonial Times


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