Cover: Racial and Ethnic Identities in American Society.

Racial and Ethnic Identities in American Society.

Published 1972

by Robert K. Yin

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Reviews the traditional study of race and ethnicity by American scholars. The paper suggests that, even though the effects of American slavery and the continued immigration of foreign nationals have served to maintain racial and ethnic identities, American scholarship has been dominated by an assimilationist viewpoint, often held implicitly by the researcher. The assimilationist viewpoint overemphasizes the process whereby minority groups apparently integrate into the mainstream of American society, and overlooks racial and ethnic identities as topics of study on their own merit. The review points out the salient features of racial and ethnic identities, suggesting that these features become the topics for any subsequent research. 15 pp.

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