Racial and Ethnic Groups, 6th Edition

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This acclaimed, comprehensive bestseller offers a broad perspective on diversity/multiculturalism/race and ethnicity/minority groups. While including basic sociological and historical material, the authors help readers understand and explore the issues confronting a variety of ethnic groups both in the U.S. and other countries. Provides chapters on each major group, examining that group's history, then exploring their current situation and concerns at the start of the 21st century. Includes the latest data from the Census throughout the text, and illustrated in charts and maps. Updates content throughout to reflect recent world and national events—Includes discussion of the impact of September 11 on the Arab and Muslim community; the growing political power by Latino Americans; the Black Church as change agent; and much more. Offers interactive Internet activities that explore race and ethnic concepts on the Internet. A thought-provoking reference for anyone interested in the subject of racial and ethnic groups in American society.

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This best-selling, classic book provides readers with a vibrant and comprehensive introduction to racial and ethnic studies, and helps them understand and explore the issues confronting a variety of ethnic groups in both the U.S. and other countries. Beginning with a thorough introduction to how sociologists think about race and ethnicity, the book then moves on to chapters on each major group, examining the group's history, then exploring the group's current situation and its concerns as we move into the 21st century. For a better understanding of, and a firm foundation in, relevant theories and perspectives in sociology.

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Richard T. Schaefer grew up in Chicago at a time when neighborhoods were going through transitions in ethnic and racial composition. He found himself increasingly intrigued by what was happening, how people were reacting, and how these changes were affecting neighborhoods and people's jobs. In high school, he took a course in sociology. His interest in social issues caused him to gravitate to more sociology courses at Northwestern University, where he eventually received a B.A. in sociology.

"Originally as an undergraduate I thought I would go on to law school and become a lawyer. But after taking a few sociology courses, I found myself wanting to learn more about what sociologists studied and fascinated by the kinds of questions they raised," Dr. Schaefer says. "Perhaps the most fascinating and to me relevant to the 1960s was the intersection of race, gender, and social class." This interest led him to obtain his M.A. and Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Chicago. Dr. Schaefer's continuing interest in race relations led him to write his master's thesis on the membership of the Ku Klux Klan and his doctoral thesis on racial prejudice and race relations in Great Britain.

Dr. Schaefer went on to become a professor of sociology. He has taught sociology and courses on multiculturalism for 30 years. He has been invited to give special presentations to students and faculty on racial and ethnic diversity in Indiana, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, and Texas.

Dr. Schaefer is author of Race and Ethnicity in the United States, Second Edition (Prentice Hall). Dr. Schaefer is also the author of the eighth edition of Sociology (2003) and the fifth edition of Sociology: A Brief Introduction (2004). His articles and book reviews have appeared in many journals, including American Journal of Sociology, Phylon: A Review of Race and Culture, Contemporary Sociology, Sociology and Social Research, Sociological Quarterly, and Teaching Sociology. He served as president of the Midwest Sociological Society from 1994-1995.

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