KEY FEATURES: • Designed to be used in a range of 100-level and 200-level courses, including introductory sociology, social problems, and courses that focus on race, class, gender, or sexuality. • Introduces students to basic analytic techniques in the social sciences, such as frequency distributions, cross-tabulations, and comparisons of means. • No software purchase required–all exercises are carried out on the open-access Survey Documentation and Analysis (SDA) website. • Screen captures from the SDA website, and careful step-by-step instructions, are provided to help students with no previous data analysis experience. • Early chapters focus on single categories of difference and inequality; later chapters examine how these factors intersect within the domains of family, education, and work. • Multiple choice questions and open-ended exercises at the end of each chapter test mastery of the material and give students opportunities to extend their analyses to other questions.

Analyzing Race and Ethnicity with the GSS

Chapter 4 analyzing race and ethnicity with the GSS

Learning Objectives

By the end of this chapter, you should be able to:

  • Identify variables related to race, ethnicity, and citizenship.
  • Produce a bivariate table, also called a cross-tab.
  • Use control variables to examine how the relationship between two variables may be influenced by a third.
  • Interpret these analyses within a social justice framework.

Introduction: Key Concepts in Race and Ethnicity

One of the most important arguments in the sociology of race and ethnicity is that race is a social construct. While differences in skin color, hair texture, eye shape, and eye color certainly exist, society plays an important role in determining which differences we consider important (e.g., skin color or eye shape) and which we ...

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