Category Archive for: RACE ETHNICITY

Middle Eastern Americans

Middle Eastern Americans Since 1970, many immigrants have arrived in the United States from countries located in the “Middle  which is the geographic region from Afghani-  to Libya and includes Arabia. Cyprus. and Asi- Turkey. Placing people in the “Middle Eastern”American category is somewhat like placing Wide diversities of people in the categories of Asian American or Latino/a; some U.S. residents…

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Latinos/as Hispanic Americans

Latinos/as (Hispanic Americans The terms l.i1tino (for males). Latina (for females). and Hispanic are used  nterchangeably to refer to people who trace their origins to Spanish-speaking Latin America and the Iberian peninsula (Cashmore. 1996). However. as racial-ethnic scholars have pointed out. the label Hispanic was first used by the U.S. government  to designate people of Latin American and Spanishdescent…

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Asian Americans

Asian Americans The u.s. Census Bureau uses the term All Americans to designate the many diverse groups with roots in Asia. Chinese and Japanese immigrants were among the earliest Asian Americans. Many Filipinos, Asian Indians, Koreans, Vietnamese, Cambodians, Pakistani, and Indonesians have arrived more recently. Today, Asian Americans belong to the fastest-growing ethnic minority grollp in the United States and constitute about 5…

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White Ethnic Americans

White Ethnic Americans 111e American Dream initially brought many white ethnics to the United States. The term white ethnic  Americans is applied to a wide diversity of immigrantswho trace their origins to ireland and to Eastern and Southern European countries such as Poland, Italy, Greece, Germany, Yugoslavia, and Russia and other former Soviet republics. Unlike the WASPs, who immigrated primarily…

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White Anglo-Saxon Protestants (British Americans)

White Anglo-Saxon Protestants (British Americans) Whereas Native Americans have been among the most disadvantaged peoples, white Anglo-Saxon Protestants (WASPs) have been the most privileged group in this country. Although many English settlers initially came to North Americ; as indentured servants or as prisoners, they quickly emerged as the dominant group, creating a core culture (including language. laws, and holidays) to which…

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Racial and Ethnic Groups .in the United States

Racial and Ethnic Groups .in the United States How do racial and ethnic groups come into contact with one another? How do they adjust to one another and to the dominant group over time? Sociologists have explored these questions extensively; how ever detailed historical account of the unique experiences of each group is beyond the scope of this chapter. Instead. we will…

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An Alternative Perspective: Critical Race Theory

An Alternative Perspective: Critical Race Theory Emerging out of scholarly law studies on racial and ethnic inequality. critical race theory derives its foundation from the U.S. civil rights tradition and the writing of persons such as Martin Luther King, )1′., W E. B. Du Bois. Malcolm X, and Cesar Chavez. Critical race  theory has several major premises, including the belief that…

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Conflict Perspectives

Conflict Perspectives Conflict theorists focus on economic stratification and  access to power in their analyses of race and ethnic relations.Some emphasize the caste-like nature of racial stratification, others analyze class-based discrimination, and still others examine internal colonialism and gendered racism.   The Caste Perspective 11le caste perspective views racialracial and ethnic-inequality as a permanent feature of U.S. society. According…

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Symbolic Interactionist Perspectives

Symbolic Interventionist Interventionist Perspectives What happens when people from different racial and  ethnic groups come into contact with one another? In the contact hypothesis, symbolic internationalists pointout that contact between people from divergent groups should lead to favorable attitudes and behavior when certain factors are present. Members of each group  must (I) have equal status, (2) pursue the same goals, (3)…

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Sociological Perspectives on Race and Ethnic relations

Sociological Perspectives on Race and Ethnic relations Symholic interactionist, functionalist, and conf iet analysts examine race and ethnic relations in different ways. Functionalists focus on the macrolevel intergroup processes that occur between members of dominant goups and subordinate groups in society. Conflict theorists analyze power and economic differentials between the dominant group and subordinate groups. Symbolic interactionists examine how micro level contacts between…

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