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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

Intended Audience

This is an ideal supplement for courses in Race and Ethnic Relations, Immigration History, American Studies, or other courses on diversity.

Intergenerational Comparisons
Intergenerational comparisons
“Generations” by noted photographer Gordon Parks (1942) depicts Mrs. Ella Watson of Washington, D.C., with three grandchildren and her adopted daughter, together with a photograph of either her parents or herself and her husband.

Each generation of Americans experiences anew the influx of immigrants arriving in pursuit of the American Dream. Each new generation also contains native-born Americans who have not only been denied fulfillment of that dream, but also witnessed newcomers who succeed where they do not. This has been the case since colonial beginnings and appears likely to continue far into the future. It is an old story and yet incredibly fresh each time to those who live or observe it.

When we examine what has prompted people, past and present, ...

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