Introduction: Place and the Future of American Race Relations

in The Paradoxes of Integration

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print May 2010 | ISBN: 9780226626628
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226626642 | DOI:
Introduction: Place and the Future of American Race Relations

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New waves of immigration from Asia and Latin America are transforming the United States from a country that is monochromatically divided between blacks and whites into a multiethnic society composed of at least four sizeable ethnic groups: whites, African Americans, Latinos, and Asian Americans. However, race remains an important social issue, as seen in the high levels of segregation of racial groups by neighborhood and municipal boundaries. This book examines racial segregation, racial attitudes, and neighborhood life in an increasingly multiethnic United States. Drawing on data compiled from the census and four national surveys, it compares the racial attitudes of the country's four major racial groups and considers how these attitudes vary across different types of racial environment. The book argues that the country's patterns of spatial and social integration present some fundamental paradoxes for the future of its race relations, including the paradoxes of diversity and community. It concludes by assessing the implications of these findings in light of America's changing demography and debates over multiculturalism.

Keywords: whites; African Americans; Latinos; Asian Americans; race relations; racial segregation; racial attitudes; racial groups; integration; diversity

Chapter.  4187 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: US Politics

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