CAIRO BOOKS's Description
Perspectives on Race, Ethnicity, and Religion is an introductory anthology
that examines the history, current issues, and dynamics of select minority
groups in the United States. While other books on these topics usually confine
their coverage to African Americans, Hispanics, Asians, Pacific Islanders, and
American Indians, this work also looks at Jewish and Muslim Americans. Another
unique feature of this book is that it puts the study of diversity and identity
politics in a larger context, thus providing students with a broader
perspective on these issues.
Opening with an essay by the editors on change and continuity in the minority
group experience, the first section of the book analyzes the effects of
globalization on individual, group, and national identity. It goes on to
consider the social implications of immigration, common challenges faced by
immigrants, and the increasing significance of religious diversity in America.
The second section expounds on the historical, legal, and political experiences
of each minority group as well as their attitudes and behaviors. Taken
together, the selections provide students with the context to evaluate the
roles that race, ethnicity, and religion play in the outcomes of American
politics. They also show how the structure and operation of our political
system sometimes obstruct the efforts of these groups to gain the full benefits
of freedom and equal treatment promised under the American Constitution.
Featuring contributions from authors who are not only experts in their
fields--which include political science, sociology, history, and religion--but
who also belong to the minority groups that they are writing about,
Perspectives on Race, Ethnicity, and Religion provides students with a uniquely
personal yet scientifically informed look at this significant subject.