Race and Ethnicity

Constancy in Change (First Edition)
Edited by Milton Vickerman and Hephzibah V. Strmic-Pawl
©2017, 372 pages
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    Race and Ethnicity: Constancy in Change uses both classic readings and new research on contemporary racial inequality to create a logical progression through the primary issues of race and ethnicity. The nine sections discuss the history and social construction of race, immigration and assimilation, theories of racism, structured racial inequality, popular culture, and future directions. The anthology features introductions that frame each section’s readings and key terms with which students should be familiar. Each section ends with a Highlight that showcases a contemporary racial trend in the news. The book concludes with Investigate Further, a list of readings for those who wish to delve deeper into a particular topic.

    The book features several useful tools both for instructors and students for classroom discussion as well as outside assignments. The Key Terms can act as a study guide and Investigate Further provides readings and resources beneficial for research projects and papers. There are also learning objectives for each major section and Reflect and Consider inquires designed for each reading – these goals and questions can guide a lecture or classroom group exercises. In addition, the end of each section is supplemented by Read, Listen, Watch, Interact! that supplies easily accessible links to complementary readings, audio stories, videos, and interactive websites.

    Race and Ethnicity enables students to grasp the fundamentals of race and racism and encourages them to engage in conversations about these issues. Ideal for sociology programs, the anthology is well-suited to courses on race and ethnicity.

    Hephzibah V. Strmic-Pawl holds a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Virginia. An assistant professor of sociology at Manhattanville College in New York, she is the author of Multiracialism and Its Discontents: A Comparative Analysis of Asian-White and Black-White Multiracials. She is also the pedagogy editor for the journal Sociology of Race and Ethnicity and the racial and ethnic relations editor for TRAILS, the American Sociological Association online peer reviewed library of teaching resources. Her website is www.hephzibahvsp.com.
    Milton Vickerman earned his Ph.D. at New York University and is now an associate professor of sociology at the University of Virginia. His main areas of research are race, immigration, and the processes of minority adaptation to American society. He is the author of The Problem of Post-Racialism and Crosscurrents: West Indian Immigrants and Race.

    This text is a unique collaboration between Professor Vickerman who works at an R1 university and Professor Strmic-Pawl who works at liberal arts college.

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    "Vickerman and Strmic-Pawl provide a well-rounded collection of works that address the history of racial inequality and its continued significance in the 21st century. Rather than segmenting the experiences of different racial groups, the history and experiences of all groups are interwoven to highlight the deep-rooted inequality between whites and non-whites. Noteworthy excerpts include those on racial formations, anti-immigrant rhetoric, race in popular culture, and the future of race relations. An excellent reader to stir up thoughts and conversations in a critical undergraduate course on race and ethnic relations."
    Bhoomi K. Thakore, Elmhurst College

    "Vickerman and Strmic-Pawl’s text is a must-have for classroom instructors wrestling with the challenges of teaching contemporary ethnoracial dynamics. Their selected readings are some of the most important, and challenging, writings in the field of the sociology of race and ethnicity. Yet, by providing clear summations at the beginning, and critical questions at the end, the authors strike a perfect balance. Providing contemporary stories and events at the end of each section enables students to better understand how race and ethnicity continue to matter in the shaping of their daily lives. This text serves as an important guide for students and instructors as they seek to discover the dynamic encounters between their personal biographies and larger, social forces that shape the everyday unfolding of race and ethnicity."
    James M. Thomas, assistant professor of sociology, University of Mississippi, author of Are Racists Crazy? (NYU Press, 2016)