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The Third Edition of Diversity in America offers both a sociohistorical perspective and a sociological analysis to provide insights into U.S. diversity. The author squarely addresses the topics which generate more passionate, invective, and raucous debate than all others in American society today: Is multiculturalism a threat to us? Should immigration be more closely controlled? Are we no longer sufficiently “American” and why? The book answers these questions by using history and sociology to shed light on socially constructed myths about our past, misunderstandings from our present, and anxieties about our future.
New to the Third Edition
Offers a new section in each chapter, “The Larger Context,” which places multiculturalism in a comparative perspective to other developed countries; Examines what constitutes a racial or ethnic group; Includes new chapter-opening photographs that visually illustrate the context of that chapter; Presents expanded commentary in many chapters about the influence of Asian culture in the earlier part of U.S. history and provides expanded discussion about Arabs, Asians, Hispanics, and Native Americans; Discusses the social constructionist approach as a further understanding about the perception of groups such as Native Americans and racial minorities; Explores how transnationalism affects multiculturalism; Expands the discussion on the PATRIOT Act and its impact on immigrants; Offers maps showing the territorial size of the United States during the eras discussed in Chapters 2 through 6
This is an ideal supplement for courses in Race and Ethnic Relations, Immigration History, American Studies, or other courses on diversity.
Chapter 10: Multiculturalism After 9/11
Multiculturalism After 9/11
“September 11”, a U.S. National Park Service photo (2001), depicts the Statue of Liberty facing the burning World Trade Center soon after the double impact from hijacked airliners.
[Page 176]The horrendous and tragic events of September 11, 2001, had a pronounced effect on the U.S. national psyche. Two generations of Americans had never experienced any foreign attack on their native soil, and even for an earlier generation that could recall the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, that action was against a military target in the mid-Pacific, not against civilian targets on the mainland. If there has been one universal comment in the United States on this subject, it is this: Our lives were changed forever on that ...