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Human Diversity: Race & Ethnicity

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

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.
Off-Campus Access Rutgers-restricted Access
Racial Theories
Michael Baton. New York, Cambridge University Press, 1987. Available?
"The Conceptual Politics of Race: Lessons From Our Children"
Lawrence Hirschfeld. Ethos 25(1), March 1997, pp. 63-92.
Off-Campus Access Rutgers-restricted Access
"Social Construction and the Concept of Race"
Edouard Machery and Luc Faucher. Philosophy of Science, December 2005, pp. 1208-1219.
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
Off-Campus Access Rutgers-restricted Access
Racial Formation in the United States: From the 1960s to the 1990s.
Michael Omi and Howard Winant. 2d edition. New York, Routledge, 1994. Available?


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.
Off-Campus Access
Encyclopedia of Racism in the United States
Westport, Conn., Greenwood Press, 2005. 3 vols.
Some 450 scholarly entries dealing with concepts, theories, people, events, legislation, court cases, and specific racial and ethnic groups. Includes an appendix of primary documents: slave codes, legal documents, speeches, and texts. Available?
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?
Chicano Database
c. 1960- . Index to some 130 journals, as well as books, book chapters, popular magazines, and newspapers relating to Chicanos/Chicanas and Mexican Americans. From 1992 forward, includes records for material on the broader Latino experience, including Puerto Ricans, Cuban Americans, and Central American immigrants.
Off-Campus Access Restricted Access

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