Racial and Ethnic Diversity: Asians, Blacks, Hispanics, Native Americans, and Whites

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The latest edition of this resource text for researchers and policy makers provides a profile of America and an update to 2000 census data, revealing the patterns of change that are reshaping society. The text details the social and economic well-being of American Indians, Asians, blacks, Hispanics, and non-Hispanic whites, presenting a snapshot of each of these populations and how they compare and contrast with one another. The material is organized into five sections on the major racial and ethnic groups, followed by a sixth section for the total population. Each section includes chapters on education, health, housing, income, labor force, living arrangements, population, spending, and wealth. Also included is a seventh section on attitudes and behavior by race and Hispanic origin. The fifth edition has been revised and expanded throughout to incorporate new data from a variety of government sources. Annotation 2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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The New Strategist editorial staff is headed by editorial director Cheryl Russell, a demographer and author who previously served as editor-in-chief of American Demographics magazine from 1984 to 1990, executive editor of The Boomer Report, and contributing editor to Money magazine. She holds an M.A. in Sociology/Demography from Cornell University.

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America's racial and ethnic composition is changing rapidly, primarily due to immigration, higher fertility rates among Hispanics, and more acurate reporting of biracial data. The 2000 census was the first opportunity for respondents to designate more than one racial category. The demographic categories profiles in this text are American Indians/Alaska Natrives, Asians, blacks, Hispanics, and non-Hispanic whites. For each racial or ethnic category, the editors provide multiple sections displaying statistics on housing, income, household spending, homeownership, education, health, health care coverage, family and living arrangements, age, sex, population by metropolitan area, employment by occupation, how time is spent outside of the workplace, and more, In addition to quantifiable data, there is attitudinal information on such topics as happiness, religion, premarital sex, homosexuality, the death penalty, abortion, socioeconomic aspirations, trust, and others. Each data section is introduced with a short narrative summary. The statistics presented show our differences as well as our similarities. As an exaple of the information provided, American Indians/Alaska Natives is the smallest minorityh--makiong up 1 percent of the total U.S. population or 3.1 million people,
Aabout 76 percent of this segment are high school graduates, and 40 percent have attended college for at least one year. We also learn American Indians spend 87 percent more time than average in religious activities, and 80 percent more time in sports, exercise, and recreation. This reference provides a family portrait of the American population and helps researchers better understand the multicultural segments of our population. This resource can be used to make informed decisions in the areas of public policy, market research, and business strategies. --American Reference Books Annual

This extremely helpful text provides statistics that serve as building blocks for examining the characteristics of whites and blacks, Hispanics and non-Hispanics, Asians and Native Americans. Its easy-to-use seven chapters include one for each racial group and one for Hispanics, comparable statistics for the total population, and a final chapter on Americans' attitudes on a range of diversity issues such as affirmative action, group stereotypes and bilingualism.
We keep it on the desk for constant reference. You will too! --The Diversity Factor

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