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Understanding Race and Ethnicity in Contemporary SocietyClifford Broman

Understanding Race and Ethnicity in Contemporary Society

A Reader (Second Edition)
Edited by Clifford Broman

Paperback ISBN: 978-1-5165-1571-4, 280 pages


Understanding Race and Ethnicity in Contemporary Society: A Reader provides both contemporary and historical perspectives on race and ethnicity, with a focus the development of racial and ethnic relations in the United States.

The anthology is organized into four sections. The first provides introductory perspectives that consider the social construction of race and socioeconomic disparities. The second section is devoted to understanding the patterns of race and ethnicity through consideration of theoretical viewpoints. The third section explores the development of racial and ethnic patterns by looking at some of the historical evidence. The fourth and final section examines key issues in racial and ethnic inequality. Specific topics include the racialization of poverty, institutionalized racism, segregation, and some attention focused on the social institutions of religion, sports, family, and education. The sections and readings all feature an original introduction, as well as discussion questions.

Understanding Race and Ethnicity in Contemporary Society is intended to supplement standard texts on race and ethnicity. It is well suited to courses that focus on contemporary racial and ethnic relations, and those that explore the history of race and ethnicity.

Clifford Broman holds a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Dr. Broman is a professor of sociology at Michigan State University. He is the author of numerous articles on stress and mental health, and racism and discrimination as stressors in the health of African Americans. His most recent publications include two book chapters, “The Stress of Discrimination,” and “Race Identity,” as well as a conference presentation on the persistence of stereotyping in the United States.