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Human Diversity: Racial & Ethnic Identity

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

How Many Are There?

How many Americans identity themselves as white, black, or of mixed race? How many identify themselves as Latino, or Japanese, or Irish, or some other ethnic group? Check the Census Bureau's Factsheet for a Race, Ethnic, or Ancestry Group.

Who Are We?

Working toward Whiteness: How America's Immigrants Became White: The Strange Journey from Ellis Island to the Suburbs
David R. Roediger. New York, Basic Books, 2005. Available?
The Price of Whiteness: Jews, Race, and American Identity
Eric L. Goldstein. Princeton, Princeton University Press, 2006. Available?
How Race Counts for Hispanic Americans
John R. Logan. University of Albany, Lewis Mumford Center for Comparative Urban and Regional Research. 2003
"This report classifies Hispanics into three categories: Hispanic Hispanics, black Hispanics, and white Hispanics. Results find substantial differences among these Hispanic racial groups."
"Ethnic Identity of Transethnically Adopted Hispanic Adolescents"
Estela Andujo. Social Work 33(6), November/December 1988, pp.531-535.
Off-Campus Access Rutgers-restricted Access
"Ethical Considerations in Social Work Research with Multiracial Individuals"
Kelly F. Jackson. Journal of Social Work Values and Ethics 7(1), 2010.
"The growing presence and visibility of multiracial persons in the US demands that social work researchers critically examine and understand the complexity of identity as it applies to people who identify with more than one race."