The first edition of They and We appeared shortly after the March on Washington, where Martin Luther King Jr. gave his memorable "I Have a Dream" speech. It was published just before the Voting Rights Act of 1965 was passed by Congress. The book, read by tens of thousands, has been updated and expanded five times, each edition maintaining the original intention of the author to provide grounding in the sociological study of inter-group relations: examining prejudice, discrimination, minority status and other core concepts in straightforward, jargon-free prose, as well as tracking social, economic, political and legal developments. The new, 7th (50th anniversary) edition of They and We continues the tradition, depicting recent demographic changes and persisting patterns (such as the 'leapfrog' phenomenon, where, as in the past, many African-Americans are left behind as newer groups move in, up, and over). It also covers new developments, including the rise of Islamophobia in the wake of 9/11. An entirely new chapter compares perspectives in the United States with situations overseas, particularly with regard to nativist and nationalist movements and the rise of xenophobia in this society and in many others.
"Reading Peter Rose's They and We in the aftermath of the Paris riots makes one realize that, despite some continuing disparities, how far America has progressed toward a multicultural society, and how far Europeans still have to go. They and We should be translated into every language in Europe and done so with all due speed…The revised They and We contains 40 years of accumulated wisdom by one of America's most astute and sensitive observers of inter-group and international relations.”
—Dr. Timothy W. Ryback, Historian and Director, Salzburg Seminar
“They and We is a unique resource: not a standard textbook but an extended, erudite, and deeply engaging essay, itself evolving over the tumultuous decades that it covers with a historian's keen grasp of changing contexts, a novelist's eye for detail, and the sociological imagination to connect biography and history within social structures. Updated and expanded, Peter I. Rose's classic book is an informed and illuminating meditation on some of the most intractable issues of our age: the persistence of "color lines," the meaning of "race," the rebirth of nativism in a new era of mass immigration, the construction and deconstruction of ethnic identities, and the forces that "assimilate" or divide "them" and "us" in American society.”
—Rubén G. Rumbaut, co-author of Immigrant America: A Portrait and Legacies: The Story of the Immigrant Second Generation
“Rose brings more than four decades of observation and reflection to his analysis of race and ethnicity in the United States. He helps us understand both our recent past and the currents now moving us into the future. Students will particularly appreciate Rose's lively and engaging writing style. They will hear his voice on the page and feel his message that sociological realism can debunk popular misconceptions about race and ethnicity.”
—Jeremy Hein, Professor of Sociology, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
“I read They and We as an undergraduate, while I was turning myself from a physics major into a playwright. I was in pursuit of American character and the drama of our lives. I didn't yet know how to break through the limits of my skin or move beyond the range of my partial vision. They and We revealed to me what we couldn't see in what we always see. Artists like sociologists should offer us the ability to imagine ourselves. As I explore American character on screen, stage, and now in novels, I always feel connected to Peter Rose's wise and elegant masterpiece.”
—Andrea Hairston, author of Mindscape
“There are some aspects of the American Experience, past and present, so fundamental that social literacy demands responsible persons have knowledge of them. Professor Rose’s comprehensive study of our society’s character provides a compelling introduction for the first-time student and a masterful refresher for the experienced reader.”
—Stephen J. Reno, Chancellor University System of New Hampshire
“Peter Rose taught me to think about United States history and society in terms of “the hyphenated American.” In this new and updated edition of They and We, he offers not only an insightful analysis of the debate about ethnicity and race in the United States, he also makes an astute assessment of these issues that remain at the center of contemporary debate.”
—Ruud Janssens, Professor of American Studies, University of Amsterdam
“Peter Rose’s clear-eyed, meticulous study of ‘they’ and ‘we’ comes to us in its sixth edition at this crucial time when we Americans are sorely in need of self-examination if we are to, finally, dismantle this persistent ‘culture of inequality.’”
—Andy Rowan, Lecturer, English Department, Bronx Community College, CUNY
Part I Contexts and Concepts 1 Race, Ethnicity, and the Sociological Perspective Part II Encounters 2 Natives, Settlers, and Slaves 3 Atlantic Migrations 4 From Other Lands 5 The Dilemmas of Diversity Part III Attitudes, Actions, and Minority Reactions 6 The Nature of Prejudice 7 Patterns of Discrimination 8 In the Minority Part IV Power, Politics, and Pluralism 9 Pride and Protest 10 Social Physics Part V The Meanings of Multiculturalism 11 E Pluribus Unum or E Pluribus Plures? 12 Perspectives on "Others" at Home and Abroad Epilogue: Then What Is Integration?
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