Problem of the Century: Racial Stratification in the United States

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Title:
Problem of the Century: Racial Stratification in the United States

Author:
Anderson, Elijah
Massey, Douglas S.

Abstract:
In 1899 the great African American scholar, W.E.B. DuBois, published The Philadelphia Negro, the first systematic case study of an African American community and one of the foundations of American sociology. DuBois prophesied that the color line would be the problem of the twentieth century. One hundred years later, Problem of the Century reflects upon his prophecy, exploring the ways in which the color line is still visible in the labor market, the housing market, education, family structure, and many other aspects of life at the turn of a new century. The book opens with a theoretical discussion of the way racial identity is constructed and institutionalized. When the government classifies races and confers group rights upon them, is it subtly reenforcing damaging racial divisions, or redressing the group privileges that whites monopolized for so long? The book also delineates the social dynamics that underpin racial inequality. The contributors explore the causes and consequences of high rates of mortality and low rates of marriage in black communities, as well as the way race affects a person's chances of economic success. African Americans may soon lose their historical position as America's majority minority, and the book also examines how race plays out in the sometimes fractious relations between blacks and immigrants. The final part of the book shows how the color line manifests itself at work and in schools. Contributors find racial issues at play on both ends of the occupational ladder―among absentee fathers paying child support from their meager earnings and among black executives prospering in the corporate world. In the schools, the book explores how race defines a student's peer group and how peer pressure affects a student's grades. Problem of the Century draws upon the distinguished faculty of sociologists at the University of Pennsylvania, where DuBois conducted his research for The Philadelphia Negro. The contributors combine a scrupulous commitment to empirical inquiry with an eclectic openness to different methods and approaches. Problem of the Century blends ethnographies and surveys, statistics and content analyses, census data and historical records, to provide a far-reaching examination of racial inequality in all its contemporary manifestations.

Publisher:
New York, NY: Russell Sage Foundation

Publication Year:
2001

Subject:
United States--Race relations
Racism--United States--History
Social Stratification--United States

Call Number:
E 184 .A1 P74 2001

Chapters:
  • The Sociology of Race in the United States. Anderson, Elijah Massey, Douglas S.. pp3-12.
  • Ethnic Change in Macro-Historical Perspective. Collins, Randall. pp13-46.
  • Immigrant-Black Dissensions in American Cities: An Argument for Multiple Explanations. Morawska, Ewa. pp47-96.
  • Who Speaks for Women? Racial Exclusivity, Feminist Ideology, and the Dilemmas of Constituency. Leidner, Robin. pp97-114.
  • Race, Stratification, and Group-Based Rights. Berg, Ivar. pp115-144.
  • The Population Dynamics of the Changing Color Line. Zuberi, Tukufu. pp145-167.
  • The African American Population, 1930-1990. Elo, Irma T. Preston, Samuel H.. pp168-223.
  • The Fading Dream: Prospects for Marriage in the Inner City. Furstenberg, Frank F., Jr.. pp224-246.
  • Quality of In-Patient AIDS Care: Does Race Matter?. Aiken, Linda H. Sloane, Douglas M.. pp247-270.
  • Socioeconomic Status and Segregation: African Americans, Hispanics, and Asians in Los Angeles. Charles, Camille Zubrinsky. pp271-289.
  • Do Racial Composition and Segregation Affect Economic Outcomes in Metropolitan Areas?. Madden, Janice F.. pp290-316.
  • Segregation and Violent Crime in Urban America. Massey, Douglas S.. pp317-346.
  • Gender, Race, Local Labor Markets, and Occupational Devaluation. Jacobs, Jerry A. Blair-Loy, Mary. pp347-374.
  • Working Steady: Race, Low-Wage Work, and Family Involvement among Noncustodial Fathers in Philadelphia. Edin, Kathryn Nelson, Timothy J.. pp375-404.
  • The Social Situation of the Black Executive: Black and White Identities in the Corporate World. Anderson, Elijah. pp405-436.
  • Race and Ethnic Differences in Peer Influences on Educational Achievement. Kao, Grace. pp437-460.

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