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Ethnic Studies
Issues and Approaches
Ethnic Studies
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Philip Q. Yang - Author
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Hardcover - 336 pages
Release Date: April 2000
ISBN10: 0-7914-4479-1
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-4479-5

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Paperback - 336 pages
Release Date: April 2000
ISBN10: 0-7914-4480-5
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-4480-1

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Defines the field of ethnic studies and explores its methodologies.

This highly readable book offers the first comprehensive definition of the field of ethnic studies, covering both the major issues of the field and its theoretical and methodological approaches. Ethnic Studies traces the origins and evolution of the discipline in the United States and maps its domain. The majority of the work considers central issues in ethnicity such as identity, stratification, adaptation, discrimination, racism, segregation, conflict, ethnicity and politics; and race, class and gender. For each issue, key concepts are introduced, main dimensions outlined, empirical evidence presented, theoretical approaches discussed, and often an alternative perspective is suggested.

Yang highlights several current issues in ethnic studies such as affirmative action, illegal/legal immigration, and bilingual education and the English-only movement. He concludes that rather than a divisive force, ethnic studies is, and should be, a discipline that enhances our understanding of ethnic groups and their interrelations and strengthens interethnic and national unity based on ethnic diversity.

"A major concern of the critics of ethnic studies is that these studies tend to heighten the sense of ethnic awareness that can lead to ethnic conflict; in other words, these studies are divisive. What Yang has done in this book is to bring the readers back to the national context. The celebration of diversity can be most useful only within the context of overall national unity." -- Jonathan A. Majak, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

"Yang has provided a comprehensive historical and contemporary account of the development of ethnic studies in the United States. Ethnic Studies is one of the few well-written and well-researched books in the field of race relations that I have seen recently." -- Joyce Tang, coeditor of Women and Minorities in American Professions

Philip Q. Yang is Associate Professor of Sociology at Texas Woman's University and Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies (on leave) at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. He is the author of Introduction to Ethnic Studies: A Reader.


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Table of Contents

Figures and Tables

Preface

Credits

PART I. BASICS OF ETHNIC STUDIES

1. Introduction
2. Methodologies of Ethnic Studies

PART II. MAJOR ISSUES IN ETHNIC STUDIES

3. Theories of Ethnicity
4. Ethnic Stratification
5. Ethnic Adaptation
6. Ethnic Differences in Socioeconomic Achievement
7. Ethnic Prejudice
8. Ethnic Discrimination
9. Racism
10. Ethnic Segregation
11. Ethnic Conflict
12. Ethnicity and Politics
13. Race, Class, and Gender

PART III. SOCIAL ACTION AGENDAS AND THE FUTURE OF ETHNIC STUDIES

14. Current Issues in Ethnic Studies
15. Looking into the Future

References

Index



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