Race and Ethnic Relations in the Twenty-First Century

History, Theory, Institutions, and Policy (Revised First Edition)
Edited by Dr. Rashawn Ray
©2017, 408 pages

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    Race and Ethnic Relations in the Twenty-First Century examines the major theoretical and empirical approaches regarding race and ethnicity. Its goal is to continue to place race and ethnic relations in a contemporary, intersectional, and cross-comparative context and progress the discipline to include groups past the Black/White dichotomy. Using various sociological theories, social psychological theories, and subcultural approaches, this book gives students a sociohistorical, theoretical, and institutional frame with which to view race and ethnic relations in the twenty-first century.

    Dr. Rashawn Ray is an associate professor of sociology at the University of Maryland, College Park. Ray’s research addresses the mechanisms that manufacture and maintain racial and social inequality. His work also speaks to ways that inequality may be attenuated through racial uplift activism and social policy. He has written op-eds for New York Times, Huffington Post, and Public Radio International. Currently, Ray runs the #DailyThought Vlog at rashawnray.com.
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    “Rashawn Ray’s edited collection has woven together a textured tapestry of some of the most seminal and outstanding scholarship on the evolution of the concepts of race and racial relations across the social sciences. This fine compendium of articles is an engaging read and provides a great service to scholars, teachers, and students of race relations in the United States.”
    — Prudence Carter
    Author of Keepin’ It Real: School Success Beyond Black and White

    “In a field crowded with race anthologies, this exciting new volume stands out from the crowd. Through a powerful combination of the best of critical race scholarship by senior scholars as well as cutting-edge work by up-and-coming thinkers, the selections in Race and Ethnic Relations in the Twenty-First Century not only survey where critical race studies has been but, more importantly, point the way to where this important field is going.”
    — Patricia Hill Collins
    Author of Another Kind of Public Education: Race, the Media, Schools, and Democratic Possibilities

    “During the twenty-first century, Americans desperately need some clear and penetrating analyses of how race operates throughout society, affecting life chances and shaping who we are as a people. This volume fits the bill exquisitely. Its collection of classic and contemporary essays thoroughly interrogates the role of race helping both advanced scholars and beginning students to come to grips with the vast realities of race. It is a timely volume that will help to wipe away the confusion surrounding race in America and point to ways the nation can overcome one of it original sins.”
    — Aldon Morris
    Author of The Origins of the Civil Rights Movement: Black Communities Organizing for Change

    “This excellent collection brings together well-known, established authors whose theories have influenced contemporary research on race with those emerging scholars whose findings will shape future research and policy. It lays the groundwork for revisiting social psychological theories in the context of institutional and interactional approaches to the study of race, gender and social status. These readings help explain the persistence of obstacles facing old and new minorities in the United States as well as highlighting the opportunities for and promise of overcoming them.”
    — Wanda Rushing
    Author of Memphis and the Paradox of Place: Globalization in the American South
    Listen to Dr. Rayshawn Ray on 1A in the segment titled "In America, Who Gets Policed and How?" Dr. Ray speaks to the differences in police response between protest demonstrations following the killing of George Floyd in the summer of 2020 and the attack on the Capitol by pro-Trump insurrectionists on January 6, 2021.