Race Relations A Critique

ISBN-10: 080475327X
ISBN-13: 9780804753272
Edition: 2007
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Description: Stephen Steinberg offers a bold challenge to prevailing thought on race and ethnicity in American society. In a penetrating critique of the famed race relations paradigm, he asks why a paradigm invented four decades "before" the Civil Rights  More...

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List price: $16.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Stanford University Press
Publication date: 7/17/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 208
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

Stephen Steinberg offers a bold challenge to prevailing thought on race and ethnicity in American society. In a penetrating critique of the famed race relations paradigm, he asks why a paradigm invented four decades "before" the Civil Rights Revolution still dominates both academic and popular discourses four decades "after" that revolution. On race, Steinberg argues that even the language of "race relations" obscures the structural basis of racial hierarchy and inequality. Generations of sociologists have unwittingly practiced a "white sociology" that reflects white interests and viewpoints. What happens, he asks, when we foreground the interests and viewpoints of the victims, rather than the perpetrators, of racial oppression? On ethnicity, Steinberg turns the tables and shows that the early sociologists who predicted ultimate assimilation have been vindicated by history. The evidence is overwhelming that the new immigrants, including Asians and most Latinos, are following in the footsteps of past immigrants--footsteps leading into the melting pot. But even today, there is the black exception. The end result is a dual melting pot--one for peoples of African descent and the other for everybody else. "Race Relations: A Critique" cuts through layers of academic jargon to reveal unsettling truths that call into question the nature and future of American nationality.

Prologue: A Personal Encounter with the Canon
The Origins and Ideological Underpinnings of the Race Relations Paradigm
Race: The Epistemology of Ignorance
Ethnicity: The Epistemology of Wishful Thinking
Acknowledgments
Notes
Index

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