The Racial Middle: Latinos and Asian Americans Living Beyond the Racial Divide

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NYU Press, 2008 M06 1 - 256 páginas

The divide over race is usually framed as one over Black and White. Sociologist Eileen O’Brien is interested in that middle terrain, what sits in the ever-increasing gray area she dubbed the racial middle.
The Racial Middle, tells the story of the other racial and ethnic groups in America, mainly Latinos and Asian Americans, two of the largest and fastest-growing minorities in the United States. Using dozens of in-depth interviews with people of various ethnic and generational backgrounds, Eileen O’Brien challenges the notion that, to fit into American culture, the only options available to Latinos and Asian Americans are either to become white or to become brown.
Instead, she offers a wholly unique analysis of Latinos and Asian Americans own distinctive experiences—those that aren’t typically White nor Black. Though living alongside Whites and Blacks certainly frames some of their own identities and interpretations of race, O’Brien keenly observes that these groups struggles with discrimination, their perceived isolation from members of other races, and even how they define racial justice, are all significant realities that inform their daily lives and, importantly, influence their opportunities for advancement in society.
A refreshing and lively approach to understanding race and ethnicity in the twenty-first century, The Racial Middle gives voice to Latinos and Asian-Americans place in this country’s increasingly complex racial mosaic.

 

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Contenido

The Panethnic Racial Middle
1
The Meanings of Race and Ethnicity from the Racial Middle with Catherine Estevez
29
Reshaping Racist Ideology from the Middle
61
Commonalities and Diversions in the Racial Middle
95
Clinging to the American Dream Despite Exclusion
124
Seeing Race through Multiple Lenses
163
The Potential of the Racial Middle
200
Interview Guide
219
Respondent Information
224
Notes
227
Index
237
About the Author
243
Derechos de autor

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Página 228 - David R. Roediger, The Wages of Whiteness: Race and the Making of the American Working Class (New York: Verso, 1991), and Noel Ignatiev, How the Irish Became White (New York: Routledge, 1995).
Página 229 - Milton Gordon, Assimilation in American Life (New York: Oxford University Press, 1964); Nathan Glazer and Daniel Patrick Moynihan, Beyond the Melting Pot (Cambridge: MIT and Harvard University Press, 1963).

Acerca del autor (2008)

Eileen O’Brien is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Christopher Newport University, Virginia. She is the author of Whites Confront Racism: Antiracists and Their Paths to Action and, with Joe Feagin, White Men on Race. She is the co-editor, with Joseph Healey, of Race, Ethnicity, and Gender: Selected Readings.

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