Diversity and Unity: Relations Between Racial and Ethnic Groups

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This text provides a comprehensive overview of relevant theory and evidence to help students understand the processes and outcomes of ethnic diversity. Rather than describing a succession of specific ethnic groups, the focus is on the general forces and processes - such as formation of ethnic attitudes, intergroup contacts, economic competition, and demographic changes - that lead to such central outcomes as prejudice, segregation, and discrimination. It presents a fresh theoretical overview that links individual attitudes and behavior to societal institutions and processes. Two alternative visions of a multiethnic society are systematically discussed: one promoting assimilation and the other encouraging pluralism. The advantages and problems associated with each approach, the necessary conditions needed to produce this type of society, and possible ways to reduce its problems are outlined. Policy aims and techniques such as ways to reduce prejudice, income inequality, and housing are also examined.

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