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  • Paperback
  • Bookstore's Wholesale Price: $13.11
  • June 2014
  • ISBN: 978-0-393-92039-0
  • 256 pages
  • Territory Rights: Worldwide

Color Lines and Racial Angles

The Society Pages


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Douglas Hartmann (Editor, University of Minnesota), Christopher Uggen (Editor, University of Minnesota)


Assembling the most provocative, productive new thinking on race in one volume.

The third volume in The Society Pages series tackles race, ethnicity, and diversity in contemporary American society. As with our previous volumes, the chapters are organized into three main sections. “Core Contributions” exemplifies how sociologists and other social scientists think about race-related groups and topics—in this case the demographics of race, the construction of group identities, and the social psychology of prejudice and racism. Chapters in the “Cultural Contexts” section engage race and diversity in and through cultural realms—ranging from mass media and sports to the environment—in which powerful racial dimensions are sometimes overlooked. Finally, the “Critical Takes” chapters provide sociological commentary, perspective, and reflections on the problematic structure and future of race relations in the United States.


A brief and accessible introduction, placed in the context of recent research

Every volume in The Society Pages series follows the same structure. Core Contributions contains a set of chapters by sociologists writing about core concepts and ideas from the discipline. Cultural Contexts essays show students how the sociological imagination can reveal aspects of social life usually taken for granted. Critical Takes essays highlight sociology’s critical approach to social problems and reveal sociology’s impulse toward social action and change. And a Discussion Guide at the end of the volume includes questions and activities created by the editors.  

A selection of “greatest hits” from the largest, most visible collection of sociological material on the web

Intended to translate the most exciting research for readers who are not trained as sociologists, The Society Pages website features dynamic articles, podcasts, blogs, and roundtable discussions on topics that students care about most. Prominent sociologists contribute articles and participate in interviews that synthesize their cutting-edge research into brief pieces that anyone can understand. Each volume in the series collects the best of the web content into thematic collections, in an affordable paperback format.

Social Facts

Every volume in The Society Pages series includes Social Facts—a set of short posts about trends in social data by Deborah Carr. One of the most prominent demographers of her generation, Carr tells the story behind data that frequently gets misreported in the media or misunderstood by nonsociologists. 

Changing Lenses

Changing Lenses is the product of an ongoing conversation between sociologist (and The Society Pages co-editor) Doug Hartmann and photographer Wing Young Huie. In each essay, they exchange what's seen behind a camera lens and what's seen through a sociological lens to get at the diversity of perspectives and cultivate a unique look at the human experience.  

    Introduction by Douglas Hartmann and Christopher Uggen
    Changing Lenses: Diversity at the Derby, by Douglas Hartmann with Wing Young Huie

    I. Core Contributions
        1. The Uncertain Future of Race in America, by Kia Heise and Douglas Hartmann
        2. Social Fact: The Homicide Divide, by Lauren J. Krivo and Julie A. Phillips
        3. Asian American Exceptionalism and “Stereotype Promise,” by Jennifer Lee
        4. Latinos, Biculturalism, and the In-Between, by Wendy Roth
        5. Beyond the Big, Bad Racist: Shared Meanings of White Identity and Supremacy, by Matthew W. Hughey

    II. Cultural Contexts
        6. White Trash: The Social Origins of a Stigmatype, by Matt Wray
        7. The Fascination and Frustration with Native American Mascots, by Jennifer Guiliano
        8. Environmental Inequalities, by David Pellow and Hollie Nyseth Brehm
        9. American Immigration and Forgetting, with Yen Le Espiritu, Katherine Fennelly, and Douglas Massey, by Stephen Suh

    III. Critical Takes
        10. Thinking about Trayvon: Privileged Responses and Media Discourse, with Aldon Morris, Charles A. Gallagher, Zenzele Isoke, and Enid Logan Morris, by Stephen Suh
        11. Exposing The New Jim Crow with Michelle Alexander, by Kia Heise
        12. Colorblindness vs. Race-Consciousness—An American Ambivalence, by Meghan A. Burke
        13. Diversity and the New CEOs, by Richard Zweigenhaft and G. William Domhoff

    Reader’s Guide and Activities