|This is an annotated
bibliography of sociological books related to issues of racial and
ethnic relations. Feel free to ask questions, suggest books to add, and
go on and read! The list may be updated throughout the summer as we
touch on new issues or as new books come to my attention.
Back, Les, and John Solomos (Eds.). 2000. Theories of Race and Racism: A Reader. New York: Routledge.
This is a text-reader, but it provides short snippets of many classic theoretical peices on race, racism, whiteness, and colonialism.
Bettie, Julie. 2003. Women without Class: Girls, Race, and Identity. Berkeley: University of California Press.
An intersectional analysis of young women's racial identities.
Biale, David, Michael Galchinsky, and Susanah Heschel (Eds.). 1998. Insider/Outsider: American Jews and Multiculturalism. Berkeley: University of California Press.
An edited volume containing a variety of perspectives on the Jewish experience in America, intergroup relations, and assimilation.
Bowen, William G. and Derek Bok. 1998. The Shape of the River: Long-Term Consequences of Considering Race in College and University Admissions. Princeton: Princeton University Press.
An insightful and well-researched analysis of affirmative action in American colleges and universities.
Brown, Michael K., Martin Carnoy, Elliott Currie, Troy Duster, David B. Oppenheimer, Marjorie M. Shultz, and David Wellman. 2003. Whitewashing Race: The Myth of a Color-Blind Society. Berkeley: University of California Press.
A variety of essays on the risks of ignoring race are included in this book.
Duster, Troy. 1990. Backdoor to Eugenics. New York: Routledge.
Duster, one of the most important sociologists working in the area of race, discusses the downside to racial science.
Espiritu, Yen Le. 1992. Asian American Panethnicity: Bridging Institutions and Identities. Philadelphia: Temple University Press.
The most important work on panethnicity, Espiritu traces its beginnings and its implications for Asian Americans.
Fischer, Claude S., et al. 1996. Inequality by Design: Cracking the Bell Curve Myth. Princeton: Princeton University Press.
This outstanding and easy-to-follow text debunks The Bell Curve, a famous book that proposed a link between race and intelligence.
Foner, Nancy (Ed.). 2001. New Immigrants in New York. New York: Columbia University Press.
Presenting general information on immigration to New York as well as specific chapters on Soviet Jews, Chinese, Korean, Jamaican, West African, Dominican, and Mexican immigrants, this volume is a great introduction to the dynamics of immigration and ethnicity in the city.
Frederick, Marla F. 2003. Between Sundays: Black Women and Everyday Struggles of Faith. Berkeley: University of California Press.
A detailed discussion of everyday life and everyday faith for black women in the south.
Gilroy, Paul. 2000. Against Race: Imagining Political Culture Beyond the Color Line. Cambridge, MA: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press.
Gilroy presents a rich and complex analysis of the shortcomings of race as an idea.
Gould, Stephen Jay. 1996. The Mismeasure of Man. New York: W. W. Norton.
The esteemed scholar of evolution debunks racial science in this notable, comprehensive, and easy-to-read book.
Jenkins, Richard. 1997. Rethinking Ethnicity: Arguments and Explorations. London: Sage Publications.
A theoretical explanation of the concept of ethnicity. Jenkins views ethnicity as on a contiuum with other forms of identity and uses his experiences in the United Kingdom to illuminate the dynamics he discusses.
Jenks, Christopher and Meredith Phillips (Eds.). 1998. The Black-White Test Score Gap. Washington, D.C.: Brookings Institution Press.
This series of articles outlines the history and background of the racial gap in standardized test scores.
Marks, Jonathan. 1995. Human Biodiversity: Genes, Race, and History. New York: Walter de Gruyter.
An anthropologists' take on the science of race.
Massey, Douglas, and Nancy Denton. 1993. American Apartheid: Segregation and the Making of the Underclass. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.
A compelling statistical portrait of racial residential segregation in the United States and its consequences.
Min, Pyong Gap (Ed.). 2002. Mass Migration to the United States: Classical and Contemporary Periods. Walnut Creek, CA: AltaMira Press.
Nine useful articles outlining the differences between classical and recent immigration to the United States, presenting material on attitudes towards immigration, culture, citizenship, work, residence, and specific immigrant groups.
Min, Pyong Gap (Ed.). 2002. Second Generation: Ethnic Identity among Asian Americans. Walnut Creek, CA: AltaMira Press.
This edited volume, complied by one of QC's own esteemed faculty members, presents a variety of perspectives on ASian American identity a generation after immigration.
Moore, Joan and Raquel Pinderhuges (Eds.). 1993. In the Barrios: Latinos and the Underclass Debate. New York: Russel Sage Foundation.
Portraits of various inner-city Latino/a neighborhoods in the United States shed light on Wilson's theories of the underclass.
Nagel, Joane. 1997. American Indian Ethnic Renewal: Red Power and the Resurgance of Identity and Culture. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Nagel discusses how social movement politics helped Native Americans regain their ethnic identity.
Nagel, Joane. 2003. Race, Ethnicity, and Sexuality: Intimate Intersections, Forbidden Frontiers. New York: Oxford University Press.
This book explores the political, cultural, ideological juncture of race, ethnicity, nationality, and sexuality.
Oliver, Melvin L., and Thomas M. Shapiro. 1995. Black Wealth/White Wealth: A New Perspective on Racial Inequality. New York: Routledge.
One of the best books on wealth, Oliver and Shapiro investigate why the wealth differences between blacks and whites are so significant.
Parillo, Vincent N. 2005. Minority Voices: Linking Personal Ethnic History and the Sociological Imagination. Boston: Allyn & Bacon.
This reader contains a variety of essays by social scientists on their own ethnic history, much like the essays you will write for this course.
Parillo, Vincent N. 2005. Understanding Race and Ethnic Relations. Boston: Allyn & Bacon.
A short (less than 200 pages) introduction to various theoretical models of race, ethnicity, racism, and intergroup relations. If you are the kind of student who wants a textbook as backup, this one is recommended.
Portes, Alejandro, and Rubâen G. Rumbaut. 1990. Immigrant America: A Portrait. Berkeley: University of California Press.
A basic analysis of where, why, and how immigrants have arrived on American shores.
Premdas, Ralph R. (Ed.). 1998. Identity, Ethnicity, and Culture in the Caribbean. St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago: The School of Continuing Studies of the University of the West Indies.
If you can find a copy, this edited volume provides a series of terrific articles concerning the details of race, ethnicity, and intergroup relations in various Caribbean nations.
Proctor, Robert. 1988. Racial Hygiene: Medicine under the Nazis. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.
Racial science has been used for many purposes. Proctor shows how it was used by the Nazis.
Ray, Krishnendu. 2004. The Migrant's Table: Meals and Memories in Bengali-American Households. Philadelphia: Temple University Press.
An analysis of the role food plays in the construction and maintnance of ethnicity after migration.
Roth, Joshua Hotaka. 2002. Brokered Homeland: Japanese Brazilian Migrants in Japan. Ithaca: Cornell University Press.
Roth, an anthropologist, studies the experiences of ethnically Japanese and culturally Brazilian immigrants back to Japan.
Small, Mario. 2004. Villa Victoria: The Transformation of Social Capital in a Boston Barrio. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
This ethnography takes you inside a poor Puerto Rican housing development to look at the dynamics of race, class, and gentrification.
Smedly, Audrey. 1999. Race in North America. Boulder: Westview Press.
The history of race as an idea and as a system of stratification, particularly in the United States.
Takaki, Ronald. 1989. Strangers from a Different Shore: A History of Asian Americans. Boston: Little, Brown, and Co.
One of the most comprehensive history texts on the Asian American experience.
Twine, France Winddance, and Jonathan W. Warren. 2000. Racing Research, Researching Race: Methodological Dilemmas in Critical Race Studies. New York: New York University Press.
If you plan on going on to do research on issues of race and ethnicity, this book is a good companion for helping you to think through issues of research methods.
Waters, Mary. 2001. Black Identities: West Indian Dreams and American Realities. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.
We are reading an excerpt of this terrific book on the identities and assimilation of immigrant and second generation West Indians in New York City.
Wilson, William Julius. 1980. The Declining Significance of Race: Blacks and Changing American Institutions. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
The classic book on how class might trump race when it comes down to what really stratifies us.