4th Edition

Recognizing Race and Ethnicity Power, Privilege, and Inequality

    522 Pages 91 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    522 Pages 91 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This best-selling textbook explains the current state of research in the sociology of race/ ethnicity, emphasizing white privilege, the social construction of race, and the newest theoretical perspectives for understanding race and ethnicity. It is designed to engage students with an emphasis on topics that are meaningful to their lives, including sports, popular culture, interracial relationships, and biracial/multiracial identities and families.

    The fourth edition comes at a pivotal time in the politics of race and identity. Fitzgerald includes vital new discussions on race and technology, attacks on critical race theory and the teaching of race, racism, and privilege in schools, and ongoing police violence against people of color. Prominent attention is given to immigration and the discourse surrounding it, policing and minority populations, and the criminal justice system. Using the latest available data, the author examines the present and future of generational change. New case studies include athletes and racial justice activism, removal of Confederate monuments, updates on Black Lives Matter, and Native American activism at Standing Rock.

    Preface  Acknowledgments  Part 1: Thinking About Race  1 Taking Account of Race, Racism, and Privilege  2 White Privilege: The Other Side of Racism  3 Science and the Sociology of Race  Part 2: A Sociological History of US Race Relations  4 Emergence of the US Racial Hierarchy  5 Race Relations in the 19th and 20th Centuries  6 Race Relations in Flux: From Civil Rights to Black Lives Matter  Part 3: Institutional Inequalities  7 Education  8 Economic Inequality and the Role of the State  9 Housing  10 Crime and Criminal Justice  11 Race in the Cultural Imagination  Part 4: Contemporary Issues in Race/Ethnicity  12 Arenas of Racial Integration: Interracial Relationships, Multiracial Families, Biracial/Multiracial Identities, Sports, and the Military  13 The Future of Race  Glossary  References  Index


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

    "Fitzgerald’s wonderful book enhances the student’s understanding of race and ethnic relations using the theoretical and conceptual frameworks of sociology without sacrificing the distinct historical experiences of each major group in American society."
    Michael Flota, Professor of Sociology, Daytona State College

    "The fourth edition of Recognizing Race and Ethnicity by Kathleen Fitzgerald is a dynamic assessment of how race in America influences our culture, institutions, and socialization. By incorporating the people, places, and practices we have observed in many of the current events, this text is an insightful analysis about race which facilitates a more robust knowledge and awareness that is critically needed on this topic."
    Silas Lee, Professor of Sociology, Xavier University of Louisiana