Color, Culture, Civilization: Race and Minority Issues in American Society

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University of Illinois Press, 1995 - 398 pages
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For nearly a century, the discourse on ethnoracial minorities in the United States has been framed by debates over assimilation versus pluralism. In this challenging look at race, culture, and the nature of integration, Stanford Lyman explores that discourse, from its philosophical origins in intellectual responses to the "Jewish Question" to its contemporary formulations. Lyman's subjects range from Robert E. Park's shifting views on the relation between assimilation and civilizational advance through the imagery of ethnic groups found in novels, slave narratives, and film; the challenge to ethnohistorical views represented by the Chinese diaspora; and the "badge of slavery" that Asian, Hispanic, and Native American groups have been forced to wear. Finally, Lyman reflects on the innovative ways of speaking, writing, and acting forged by the revival of race consciousness and offers a perspective on how to understand more constructively the major African-American literary and social critics.
 

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Contents

Civilization Culture and Color Changing Foundations of Robert E Parks Sociology of Race Relations
43
Park and Realpolitik Race Culture and Modern Warfare
60
Robert E Parks Congo Papers A Gothic Perspective on Capitalism and Imperialism
85
Memory Forgetfulness History Integration Hansens Law of Third Generation Interest and the Race Question
105
Slavery and Sloth A Study in Race and Morality
148
Race Sex and Servitude Images of Blacks in American Cinema
183
Stewart Culin The Earliest American Chinatown Studies and a Hypothesis about PreColumbian Migration
219
The Chinese Diaspora in America 18501943
239
Contrasts in the Community Organization of Chinese and Japanese in North America
263
Generation and Character The Case of the Japanese Americans
283
Asians Blacks Hispanics Amerinds Confronting Vestiges of Slavery
326
Between Ecriture and Thymos Dilemmas and Contradictions of Racial Ethnic and Minority Culture Expression in the Twentyfirst Century
349
Index
385
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