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Recognizing Race and Ethnicity

Power, Privilege, and Inequality, 2nd Edition

By Kathleen J. Fitzgerald, Kathleen J. Fitzgerald


592 pages

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pub: 2017-03-14
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Despite promising changes over the last century, race remains a central organizing principle in US society, a key arena of inequality, power, and privilege, and the subject of ongoing conflict and debate. In this second edition of Recognizing Race and Ethnicity, Kathleen J. Fitzgerald continues to examine the sociology of race and encourages students to think differently by challenging the notion that we are, or should even aspire to be, color-blind.

Fitzgerald considers how race manifests in both significant and obscure ways by looking across all racial/ethnic groups within the socio-historical context of institutions and arenas, rather than discussing each group by group. Incorporating recent research and contemporary theoretical perspectives, she guides students to examine racial ideologies and identities as well as structural racism; at the same time, she covers topics like popular culture, sports, and interracial relationships.

This latest edition includes an expanded look at global perspectives on racial inequality, including international migration and Islamophobia; updated examples of contemporary issues, including the Black Lives Matter movement; more emphasis on intersectionality, specifically the ways sexuality and race intersect; and an extended discussion on why the sociology of race and the sociological imagination matter. Recognizing Race and Ethnicity continues to reflect the latest sociological research on race/ethnicity and provides unparalleled coverage of white privilege while remaining careful not to treat "white" as the norm against which all other groups are defined.

Table of Contents



Part 1: Thinking About Race

Chapter 1 Taking Account of Race and Privilege

Chapter 2 White Privilege: The Other Side of Racism

Chapter 3 Science and the Sociology of Race

Part 2: A Sociological History of US Race Relations

Chapter 4 Emergence of the U.S. Racial Hierarchy

Chapter 5 Race Relations in the 19th and 20th Centuries

Chapter 6 Race Relations in Flux: From Civil Rights to Black Lives Matter

PART 3: Institutional Inequalities

Chapter 7 Education

Chapter 8 Economic Inequality and the Role of the State

Chapter 9 Crime and Criminal Justice

Chapter 10 Race in the Cultural Imagination

Part 4: Contemporary Issues in Race/Ethnicity

Chapter 11 Arenas of Integration: Interracial Relationships, Multiracial Families, Biracial/Multiracial Identities, Sports, and the Military

Chapter 12 A Post-Racial Society?




About the Authors

Kathleen J. Fitzgerald is a Teaching Assistant Professor at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Her teaching and research focuses on social inequalities, specifically race, racism, and privilege; gender and sexualities; and food justice. She is author of Beyond White Ethnicity: Developing a Sociological Understanding of Native American Identity Reclamation and has published in The Sociological Quarterly, Humanity and Society, and Sociological Focus.

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