The 20th Century has been marked by enormous change in terms of how we define race. In large part, we have thrown out the antiquated notions of the 1800s, giving way to a more realistic, sociocultural view of the world. The United States is, perhaps more than any other industrialized country, distinguished by the size and diversity of its racial and ethnic minority populations. Current trends promise that these features will endure. Fifty years from now, there will most likely be no single majority group in the United States. How will we fare as a nation when race-based issues such as immigration, job opportunities, and affirmative action are already so contentious today?
In America Becoming, leading scholars and commentators explore past and current trends among African Americans, Hispanics, Asian Americans, and Native Americans in the context of a white majority. This volume presents the most up-to-date findings and analysis on racial and social dynamics, with recommendations for ongoing research. It examines compelling issues in the field of race relations, including:
This collection of papers, compiled and edited by distinguished leaders in the behavioral and social sciences, represents the most current literature in the field. Volume 1 covers demographic trends, immigration, racial attitudes, and the geography of opportunity. Volume 2 deals with the criminal justice system, the labor market, welfare, and health trends. Both books will be of great interest to educators, scholars, researchers, students, social scientists, and policymakers.
Table of Contents
|2. An Overview of Trends in Social and Economic Well-Being, by Race||21-39|
|3. An Overview of Racial and Ethnic Demographic Trends||40-102|
|4. Hispanics in a Multicultural Society: A New American Dilemma?||103-134|
|5. Trends Among American Indians in the United States||135-169|
|6. Political Trends and Electoral Issues of the Asian Pacific American Population||170-199|
|7. Contemporary Immigration and Dynamics of Race and Ethnicity||200-242|
|8. The Changing Meaning of Race||243-263|
|9. Racial Attitudes and Relations at the Close of the Twentieth Century||264-301|
|10. Racial Trends and Scapegoating: Bringing in a Comparative Focus||302-317|
|11. Affirmative Action: Legislative History, Jhudicial Interpretations, Public Consensus||318-347|
|12. Test Score Trends Along Racial Lines, 1971 to 1996: Popular Culture and Community Academic Standards||348-390|
|13. Residential Segregation and Neighborhood Conditions in U.S. Metropolitan Areas||391-434|
|14. Geography and Apportunity||435-468|
|Appendix A: Acronyms||469-471|
|Appendix B: Agenda: Research Conference on Racial Trends in the United States||472-476|
|Appendix C: Biographical Sketches||477-484|
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