Race and Ethnicity in Canada: A Critical Introduction

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Oxford University Press, 2007 - Canada - 257 pages
Race and Ethnicity in Canada: A Critical Introduction is a core text for both one-semester and full-year sociology-of-work courses, either alone or in combination with other materials. The aim of this book is to help students analyze and understand some of the complex patterns of immigration,aboriginal/non-aboriginal relations and of race and ethnic relations in Canada. In doing so, it deals with major approaches to, and explanations of, a number of issues that are central to the field. The authors adopt a position of methodological and theoretical pluralism in order to encouragestudents to think critically about these issues.The text begins with a discussion of central concepts and theories in the field of race and ethnic relations. Chapter 2 provides historical context for understanding contemporary patterns of immigration, French-English relations, race and ethnic relations and Aboriginal/non-Aboriginal relations.Chapter 3 discusses issues associated with the contemporary immigration system. Chapter 4 looks at economic inequality among immigrants, non-immigrants and racial and ethnic groups. Chapter 5 examines issues of ethnic identity and multiculturalism. Chapter 6 outlines various definitions of racism,and evaluates a number of sociological explanations for racism. Chapter 7 turns to contemporary Aboriginal/non-Aboriginal relations. Finally, Chapter 8 explains and critiques two new approaches to the study of immigration and ethnic relations: the concepts of 'diaspora' and'transnationality.'

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Vic Satzewich is a Professor in the Department of Sociology at McMaster University. His research areas include international migration, racism, aboriginal/non-aboriginal relations in Canada, and the Ukrainian diaspora. Nick Liodakis is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology,Wilfrid Laurier University. Dr. Liodakis' research areas include quantitative analyses of class, gender and nativity earnings differentials within selected ethnic and "visible" groups in Canada. He is also interested in the educational attainment class and gender differentials within foreign-bornand native-born members of ethnic groups.

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