On Being Different: Diversity and Multiculturalism in the North American Mainstream

ISBN-10: 0078117011
ISBN-13: 9780078117015
Edition: 4th 2012
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List price: $102.00
Edition: 4th
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
Publication date: 6/14/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 384
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 1.320
Language: English

Kathryn A. Kozaitis is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Georgia State University, and holds an adjunct appointment in the Department of Anthropology at Emory University. She received her Ph.D. in Social Work and Anthropology at the University of Michigan in 1993. Her key interestsare in the relationship between global transformations and local adaptations, particularly in the processes by which economically, politically, and socially subordinated collectivities in a postcolonialworld use culture to construct community, identity, and meaning. Professor Kozaitis has conducted ethnographic research on sociocultural change and adaptation among Gypsies in Athens, Greece, and on ethnicity and aging among Greek immigrants in Chicago, Illinois.

Reflections
Preface
About the Authors
Introduction
American Culture and Cultures
Studying Diversity and Multiculturalism
Culture
Culture and Its Aspects
Culture Is Learned
Culture, Space, and Scale
Culture Is Shared
Culture Is Symbolic
Culture and Nature
Culture Is All-Encompassing
Culture Is Integrated
Culture and the Individual: Agency and Practice
Culture Is Instrumental, Adaptive, and Maladaptive
There Are Levels of Culture
Ethnocentrism and Cultural Relativism
Universality, Generality, and Particularity
Particularity: Patterns of Culture
Unifying Factors in Contemporary North American Culture
American Pop, Civic, and Public Culture
Mechanisms of Cultural Change
The Uses of Culture
Globalization and Identity
Globalization and Identity Politics
Trade and Finance
Neoliberalism and Antiglobalization
Multilocality and the Media
Civil Society, NGOs, and Rights Movements
Indigenous Peoples
Identity in Indigenous Politics
Diasporas and Postmodernity
Agency
The Multicultural Society
The Power of Culture
Conceptualizing Cultural Diversity
Assimilation
Pluralism
Multiculturalism
Theory of Multiculturalism
Sociocultural Transformation
Multiculturalism in the North American Mainstream
The Centers of Cultural Production
Agency and Resistance
Identity Politics
The Multicultural Paradox
Multiculturalism: The Master Movement
Critical Multiculturalism
Ethnicity
Ethnicity and Social Statuses
Status Shifting
Ethnic Groups, Nations, and Nationalities
Nationalities and Imagined Communities
Ethnic Tolerance and Accommodation
Cultural Assimilation
The Plural Society
Multiculturalism and Ethnic Identity
Roots of Ethnic Conflict
Prejudice and Discrimination
Chips in the Mosaic
Aftermaths of Oppression
Religion
Church and State
Politics and Religion
Religion and Solidarity
Ritualized Changes in Status and Identity
Religious Diversity
The World's Major Religions
Protestant Values and the Rise of Capitalism
Social Control
Religion and Change
New and Alternative Religious Movements
Secular Religion
Race: Its Biological Dimensions
Race: A Discredited Concept in Biology
Races Are Not Biologically Distinct
Genetic Markers Don't Correlate with Phenotype
Explanatory Approaches to Human Biological Diversity
Explaining Skin Color
Lactose Intolerance
The Case for Cultural versus Biological Determination of Physical Attractiveness and Sports Abilities
The Case for Cultural versus Biological Determination of Intelligence
Testing and Affirmative Action
Race: Its Social Construction
Race and Racism
Race, Ethnicity, and Culture
The Cultural Construction of Race
Hypodescent: Race in the United States
Race in the Census
Not Us: Race in Japan
Phenotype and Fluidity: Race in Brazil
Gender
Sex and Gender
Recurrent Gender Patterns
Gender Roles and Gender Stratification
Reduced Gender Stratification-Matrilineal, Matrilocal Societies
Matriarchy
Reduced Gender Stratification-Matrifocal Societies
Increased Gender Stratification-Patrilineal-Patrilocal Societies
Patriarchy and Violence
Gender in Industrial Societies
The Feminization of Poverty
Work and Happiness
Beyond Male and Female
Sexual Orientation
The Nature and Culture of Sexual Orientation
Changing Patterns and Views of Sexual Orientation
Varieties of Human Sexuality
The Social Construction of Sexual Orientation
Cross-Cultural Variation
Bisexuality
The Political Organization of Sexual Orientation
Legal Protection of LGBT
Gay Culture
Age and Cohort
Ages and Cohorts
The Generation Gap
An Aging Population
The Aging Process
Intergenerational Conflict
The Gray and the Brown
The Tea Party Movement
The Social Construction of Childhood
The Politics of Age and Aging
Bodies, Fitness, and Health
Culture and the Body
Well and Sick Bodies
People with Disabilities
The ADA and Employment Rates
Mental Health
Diversity in Sickness and in Health
Class
Class in America
Forms of Socioeconomic Stratification
Industrial Stratification
Poverty and Homelessness
Closed Class Systems
Domination, Hegemony, and Resistance
Class and Values across Cultures
Diversity within Social Categories
Social Movements
Places and Spaces
Regional Diversity
Geographic Mobility
Cyberspace
Cities and Urbanites
Lifestyles and Small Towns
The American Periphery
The Income Gap by State
Linguistic Diversity
Linguistic Relativism
Sociolinguistics: The Study of Linguistic Diversity
Gender Speech Contrasts
Stratification and Symbolic Domination
Black English Vernacular (BEV), aka Ebonics
Linguistic Diversity and Inequality
Nativists and Relativists
The Language of Power
Families
Changing North American Families
All Sorts of Families
Family and Work
Media and the Family
The Cult of Childhood "Success"
Kinship and Class
Family Diversity
Conclusion
Human Diversity, Culture, and Multiculturalism
Using Culture to Build Humanity
From Civil Rights to Human Rights
Human Agency as a Prime Mover of Social Reform
Glossary
Bibliography
Photo Credits
Index

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