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Human Diversity

This guide focuses on resources you can use to find information on diversity and vulnerable populations in the context of social work practice.


Racial & Ethnic Relations in America
Kibibi Mack-Shelton and Michael Shally-Jensen, editors. 2nd edition. 3 vols. Ipswich, Mass., Salem Press, 2017. Rutgers-restricted Access
Encyclopedia of Race, Ethnicity, and Society
Thousand Oaks, Calif., Sage Publications, 2008.
Over 600 signed entries on racial and ethnic groups and issues relating to race and ethnicity.
Race and Racism in the United States: An Encyclopedia of the American Mosaic
Charles A. Gallagher and Cameron D. Lippard, editors. Santa Barbara, Calif., Greenwood, 2014. Rutgers-restricted Access
The Color of Words: An Encyclopaedic Dictionary of Ethnic Bias in the United States
Philip H. Herbst. Yarmouth, Me., Intercultural Press, 1997.
Herbst, an anthropologist, offers definitions, as well as the social and historical origins, of 850 frequently misunderstood, offensive, or politically-charged ethnic and racial terms used in the U.S. Available?

Constructing Race

"Terms of Estrangement"
James Shreeve. Discover November 1994.
Ann Morning. Contexts 4 (4), Fall 2005, pp.44-46
Overview of definitions, usage, and sociological approach.Rutgers-restricted Access
Racial Theories
Michael Banton.2nd edition. New York, Cambridge University Press, 1998. Available?
"The Conceptual Politics of Race: Lessons From Our Children"
Lawrence Hirschfeld. Ethos 25(1), March 1997, pp. 63-92. Rutgers-restricted Access
"Social Construction and the Concept of Race"
Edouard Machery and Luc Faucher. Philosophy of Science, December 2005, pp. 1208-1219. Rutgers-restricted Access
Critical Race Theory: The Key Writings That Formed the Movement.
Kimberle Crenshaw New York, New Press, 1995
Looks at judicial conclusions resulting from the social construction of race. Available?
"Black Belts and Ivory Towers: The Place of Race in U.S. Social Thought, 1892-1948"
Davarian L. Baldwin. Critical Sociology 30(2), 2004, pp.397-450. Rutgers-restricted Access
Racial Formation in the United States.
Michael Omi and Howard Winant. 3rd edition. New York, Routledge, 2015. Available?

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