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Academic Year 2005/2006
Sociology of Race and Ethnicity
AFAM 227 FA
In this course we will study the social construction of race and ethnicity. We will explore key concepts such as prejudice, discrimination, segregation, racism, class, gender, status, migration and immigration,
civil rights, and color-blindness. The United States is the product of myriad social forces that have produced a unique nation-state that is racially and ethnically diverse. This course will focus on the experiences of
several groups including: whites, blacks, Native Americans, Asian Americans and Latinos. We will use the perspective of historical sociology to examine the experiences of these different groups and to understand
opportunity structures and outcomes in the pre-industrial, industrial and postindustrial periods of American society. This will allow us to uncover the ways in which processes such as settlement and conquest, slavery,
and informal segregation, migration and immigration, social movements, persistent class and gender inequalities, and recent patterns of intermarriage and multiracialism have affected the status of race and ethnic
among and within racialized groups in the United States.
Tomas Almaguer, RACIAL FAULT LINES: THE HISTORICAL ORIGINS OF WHITE SUPREMACY IN CALIFORNIA. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1994.
Yen Le Espiritu, ASIAN AMERICAN PANETHNICITY: BRIDGING INSTITUTIONS AND
IDENTITIES. Philadelphia: Temple
University Press, 1992.
Doug McAdam, POLITICAL PROCESS AND THE DEVELOPMENT OF BLACK INSURGENCY, 1930-1970. 2nd ed. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1997.
Clara Rodriguez, CHANGING RACE: LATINOS, THE CENSUS,
AND THE HISTORY OF ETHNICITY IN THE U
NISED STATES. New York: New York University Press, 2000.
Stephen Steinberg, THE ETHNIC MYTH: RACE, ETHNICITY, AND CLASS IN AMERICA. 3rd ed. Boston: Beacon, 2001.
Erica Chito Childs, NAVIGATING INTERRACIAL BORDERS:
BLACK-WHITE COUPLES AND THEIR SOCIA
L WORLDS. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 2005.
EXAMINATIONS AND ASSIGNMENTS
Assignments will include short written assignments, a term paper, and exams.
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- Instructor(s): Brown,Eric
- Times: ..T.R.. 09:00AM-10:20AM; Location: FISK302;
- Reserved Seats: (Total Limit: 40)
- SR. major: 6 Jr. major: 6
- SR. non-major: 3 Jr. non-major: 3 SO: 7 FR: 15
- Curricular Renewal: Writing
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