American Diversity

A Demographic Challenge for the Twenty-first Century

Edited by Nancy A. Denton & Stewart E. Tolnay

Subjects: American Studies
Paperback : 9780791453988, 316 pages, October 2002
Hardcover : 9780791453971, 316 pages, October 2002

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Table of contents

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Introduction: Multicultural Insights from the Study of Demography
Nancy A. Denton and Stewart E. Tolnay

Part I. Population: The Initial Numbers
1. The Social Construction of Race and Ethnicity: Some Examples from Demography
Mary C. Waters
2. Race and Ethnic Population Projections: A Critical Evaluation of Their Content and Meaning
Charles Hirschman
Part II. Basic Demographic Processes and Diversity
3. The New Immigration and Ethnicity in the United States
Douglas S. Massey

4. Racial and Ethnic Fertility Differentials in the United States
Gray Swicegood and S. Philip Morgan

5. Mortality Differentials in a Diverse Society
Richard G. Rogers

Part III. Life Cycle and Diversity
6. Housing Segregation: Policy Issues for an Increasingly Diverse Society
Michael J. White and Eileen Shy

7. Education and Employment in a Diverse Society: Generating Inequality through the School-to-Work Transition
V. Joseph Hotz and Marta Tienda

8. Ethnic and Racial Intermarriage in the United States: Old and New Regimes
Gillian Stevens and Michael K. Tyler

9. Sixty-five Plus in the U. S.A.
Cynthia M. Taeuber
Part IV. Implications and Conclusions
10. Rethinking American Diversity: Conceptual and Theoretical Challenges for Racial and Ethnic Demography
Hayward Derrick Horton

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Subject Index

Demographers explore population diversity in the United States.


Presenting important work by well-known demographers, American Diversity focuses on U. S. population changes in the twenty-first century, emphasizing the nation's increasing racial and ethnic diversity. Rather than focusing on separate groups sequentially, this work emphasizes comparisons across groups and highlights how demographic and social structural processes affect all groups. Specific topics covered include the formation of race and ethnicity; population projections by race; immigration, fertility, and mortality differentials; segregation; work and education; intermarriage; aging; and racism.

Nancy A. Denton is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University at Albany, State University of New York. She is the coauthor, with Douglas S. Massey, of American Apartheid: Segregation and the Making of the Underclass. Stewart E. Tolnay is Professor of Sociology at the University of Washington. He is the author of The Bottom Rung: African American Family Life on Southern Farms.


"This book addresses the important issue of race and racial composition of the United States in the years to come. " — K. V. Rao, Bowling Green State University