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The racial middle : Latinos and Asian Americans living beyond the racial divide / Eileen O'Brien.

By: O'Brien, Eileen, 1972-.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: New York : New York University Press, c2008Description: x, 243 p. ; 24 cm.ISBN: 9780814762141 (cl : alk. paper); 081476214X (cl : alk. paper); 9780814762158 (pb : alk. paper); 0814762158 (pb : alk. paper).Subject(s): Hispanic Americans -- Ethnic identity | Hispanic Americans -- Attitudes | Asian Americans -- Ethnic identity | Asian Americans -- Attitudes | Racism -- United States -- Public opinion | Public opinion -- United States | United States -- Race relations
Contents:
The panethnic racial middle -- The meanings of race and ethnicity from the racial middle / with Catherine Estevez -- Reshaping racist ideology from the middle -- Interracial border crossing : commonalities and diversions in the racial middle -- "No racism, only that one time--" : clinging to the American dream, despite exclusion -- Progressives : seeing race through multiple lenses -- The potential of the racial middle.
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E184 .S75 O275 2008 (Browse shelf) Available 0000001959071

Includes bibliographical references (p. 227-236) and index.

The panethnic racial middle -- The meanings of race and ethnicity from the racial middle / with Catherine Estevez -- Reshaping racist ideology from the middle -- Interracial border crossing : commonalities and diversions in the racial middle -- "No racism, only that one time--" : clinging to the American dream, despite exclusion -- Progressives : seeing race through multiple lenses -- The potential of the racial middle.

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O'Brien (Univ. of Richmond) is the latest in a relatively short line of ethnic studies scholars and social scientists wrestling with the challenge of forcing open the US's dominant black/white racial paradigm to find the "panethnic racial middle," where Asian Americans and Latinos fit in. Her analysis utilizes 50 in-depth interviews with self-identified Asian Americans and Latinos, many with mixed racial heritage; more women than men (28-22); and more Asian Americans (27) than Latinos, though there are four times as many Latinos in the US as Asian Americans. Furthermore, the sample is skewed toward the East Coast, with only 13 percent representing California and the West, where the vast majority of Asian Americans and Latinos reside. Consequently, Mexican Americans, who constitute 60 percent of the Latino population, are sorely underrepresented. While O'Brien acknowledges some sampling issues, she applies a sharp analysis to the informants' racial views and experiences, producing some fascinating insights, e.g., the "pervasive impact" of the US's currently dominant color-blind racial ideology on those in the middle. Although O'Brien sees possibilities of a "progressive racial middle" to lead the antiracist struggle, she concedes that Asian Americans and Latinos cannot easily escape the old racist framework where "whiteness is not the norm." Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above. E. Hu-DeHart Brown University

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