The first edition of They and We appeared shortly after the March on Washington, where Martin Luther King Jr. gave his memorable "I Have a Dream" speech. It was published just before the Voting Rights Act of 1965 was passed by Congress. The book, read by tens of thousands, has been updated and expanded five times, each edition maintaining the original intention of the author to provide grounding in the sociological study of inter-group relations: examining prejudice, discrimination, minority status and other core concepts in straightforward, jargon-free prose, as well as tracking social, economic, political and legal developments. The new, 7th (50th anniversary) edition of They and We continues the tradition, depicting recent demographic changes and persisting patterns (such as the 'leapfrog' phenomenon, where, as in the past, many African-Americans are left behind as newer groups move in, up, and over). It also covers new developments, including the rise of Islamophobia in the wake of 9/11. An entirely new chapter compares perspectives in the United States with situations overseas, particularly with regard to nativist and nationalist movements and the rise of xenophobia in this society and in many others.
Table of Contents
Part I Contexts and Concepts 1 Race, Ethnicity, and the Sociological Perspective Part II Encounters 2 Natives, Settlers, and Slaves 3 Atlantic Migrations 4 From Other Lands 5 The Dilemmas of Diversity Part III Attitudes, Actions, and Minority Reactions 6 The Nature of Prejudice 7 Patterns of Discrimination 8 In the Minority Part IV Power, Politics, and Pluralism 9 Pride and Protest 10 Social Physics Part V The Meanings of Multiculturalism 11 E Pluribus Unum or E Pluribus Plures? 12 Perspectives on "Others" at Home and Abroad Epilogue: Then What Is Integration?