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  • Paperback
  • Bookstore's Wholesale Price: $36.86
  • April 2010
  • ISBN: 978-0-393-93070-2
  • 608 pages
  • Territory Rights: Worldwide

Doing Race

21 Essays for the 21st Century


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Hazel Rose Markus (Editor, Stanford University), Paula M. L. Moya (Editor, Stanford University)


A collection of new essays by an interdisciplinary team of authors that gives a comprehensive introduction to race and ethnicity.

Doing Race focuses on race and ethnicity in everyday life: what they are, how they work, and why they matter. Going to school and work, renting an apartment or buying a house, watching television, voting, listening to music, reading books and newspapers, attending religious services, and going to the doctor are all everyday activities that are influenced by assumptions about who counts, whom to trust, whom to care about, whom to include, and why. Race and ethnicity are powerful precisely because they organize modern society and play a large role in fueling violence around the globe.

Doing Race is targeted to undergraduates; it begins with an introductory essay and includes original essays by well-known scholars. Drawing on the latest science and scholarship, the collected essays emphasize that race and ethnicity are not things that people or groups have or are, but rather sets of actions that people do.

Doing Race provides compelling evidence that we are not yet in a “post-race” world and that race and ethnicity matter for everyone. Since race and ethnicity are the products of human actions, we can do them differently. Like studying the human genome or the laws of economics, understanding race and ethnicity is a necessary part of a twenty first century education.


The only collection of original essays on race written with a college student in mind

Doing Race pulls together original essays from some of the biggest names studying race today. The essays have been carefully edited to synthesize many of the ideas that their authors have discussed in academic journals and books, but without jargon and academic complexities.

A collection of twenty-one interdisciplinary essays on race and ethnicity

Doing Race is a multidisciplinary book, comparative across racial and ethnic groups, and global in scope. The essay authors are internationally renowned scholars who have influenced the development of those disciplines—psychology, history, political science, education, sociology, drama, communication, religious studies, literature—that have been central to the study of race and ethnicity. The essays are based on lectures presented by these scholars in a highly successful undergraduate course at Stanford University entitled Introduction to Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity.

An affordable alternative to traditional textbooks and readers

Doing Race offers a fresh approach at a price that is significantly lower than that of traditional textbooks and readers.


    1. Paula M. L. Moya and Hazel Rose Markus

    Doing Race: An Introduction

    1. Paula M. L. Moya and Hazel Rose Markus

    What race and ethnicity are, how they work, and why achieving a just society requires us to take account of them

    Part I: Inventing Race and Ethnicity

    How race is made real through governmental policies, scientific research, and medical marketing

    Defining Race and Ethnicity: The Constitution, the Court, and the Census

    1. C. Matthew Snipp, Sociology

    Models of American Ethnic Relations: Hierarchy, Assimilation, and Pluralism

    1. George Fredrickson, History

    The Biology of Ancestry: DNA, Genomic Variation, and Race

    1. Marcus W. Feldman, Biology

    Which Differences Make a Difference? Race, Health, and DNA

    1. Barbara Koenig, Medical Anthropology

    Part II: Racing Difference

    The historically specific but universal processes by which difference becomes understood, via race, as inferiority

    The Jew as the Original ‘Other’: Difference, Antisemitism, and Race

    1. Aron Rodrigue, History

    Knowing the ‘Other’: Arabs, Islam, and the West

    1. Joel Beinin, History

    Eternally Foreign: Asian Americans, History, and Race

    1. Gordon H. Chang, History

    A Thoroughly Modern Concept: Ethnic Cleansing, Genocide, and the State

    1. Norman M. Naimark, History

    Part III: Institutionalizing Difference

    How race organizes what we know, where we live, how we are educated, who we punish

    Race in the News: Stereotypes, Political Campaigns, and Market-Based Journalism

    1. Shanto Iyengar, Communication and Political Science

    Going Back to Compton: Real Estate, Racial Politics, and Black-Brown Relations

    1. Albert M. Camarillo, History

    Structured for Failure: Race, Resources, and Student Achievement

    1. Linda Darling-Hammond, Education

    Racialized Mass Incarceration: Poverty, Prejudice, and Punishment

    1. Lawrence D. Bobo and Victor Thompson, Sociology

    Part IV: Racing Identity

    How race and ethnicity shape how we see, how we act, and who we are

    Who Am I? Race, Ethnicity, and Identity

    1. Hazel Rose Markus, Psychology

    In the Air Between Us: Stereotypes, Identity, and Achievement

    1. Claude M. Steele, Psychology

    Ways of Being White: Privilege, Stigma, and Transcendence

    1. Monica McDermott, Sociology

    Enduring Racial Associations: African Americans, Crime, and Animal Imagery

    1. Jennifer L. Eberhardt, Psychology

    We’re Honoring You Dude: Myths, Mascots, and American Indians

    1. Stephanie Fryberg and Alisha Watts, Psychology

    Part V: Re-presenting Reality

    The singular and powerful role of the arts in challenging racial inequality by imagining alternate worlds

    Another Way to Be: Women of Color, Literature, and Myth

    1. Paula M. L. Moya, English

    Hiphop and Race: Blackness, Language, and Creativity

    1. Marcyliena Morgan and Dawn-Elissa Fischer, African and African American Studies and Africana Studies

    The ‘Ethno-Ambiguo Hostility Syndrome’: Mixed-Race, Identity, and Popular Culture

    1. Michele Elam, English

    ‘We wear the mask’: Performance, Social Dramas, and Race

    1. Harry Elam, Drama

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