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Doing Race: 21 Essays for the 21st Century

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"Hazel Markus and Paula Moya have assembled an all-star roster of scholars to put to rest, once and for all, the fallacy that 'race doesn't matter.' This volume is absolutely necessary and will fast become a landmark of scholarship on race and ethnicity." -Henry Louis Gates Jr., Harvard University

"Doing Race provides a sane and balanced guide to the debates over race that shows how race continues to determine our social lives even though race itself is a complex process undergoing constant change. Moya and Markus's introduction is also invaluable for teaching, with helpful analyses of typical conversations about race that offer critiques with a light touch." -Linda Martin Alcoff, Hunter College

"This stunningly comprehensive and accessible volume covers all the bases. Engaging the essays as a whole, we come to realize, understand, and appreciate how race can be simultaneously a matter of identity, structural inequality, representation, and performance." -Michael Omi, University of California, Berkeley

"The editors' introduction provides an important theoretical scaffolding that alone is worth the price of the volume; however, when in concert with the essays that follow, the result is an instant classic, one that will reverberate across disciplines for years to come." -Vicki L. Ruiz, University of California, Irvine

"Students who have not thought much about race, especially about their own race, will find this work to be a non-threatening introduction to the many ways that we unwittingly 'do race' to one another, often without awareness or intention. The diversity of perspectives offered in the essays, however, also guarantees that even the most serious race scholars will learn quite a bit from Doing Race." -Jennifer A. Richeson, Northwestern University

About the Author

Hazel Rose Markus is the Davis-Brack Professor in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University. She also co-directs the Stanford Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity. Before moving to Stanford in 1994, she was a professor at the University of Michigan, where she received her Ph.D. The focus of her work is the sociological shaping of mind and self. Born in England of English parents and raised in San Diego, California, she has been persistently fascinated by how nation of origin, region of the country, gender, ethnicity, race, religion, and social class shape self and identity. With her colleague Shinobu Kitayama at the University of Michigan, she has pioneered the experimental study of how culture and self influence one another. Dr. Markus was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1994 and is a Fellow of APS, APA, and Division 8. Some of her recent co-edited books include CULTURE AND EMOTION: EMPIRICAL STUDIES OF MUTUAL INFLUENCE, ENGAGING CULTURAL DIFFERENCES: THE MULTICULTURAL CHALLENGE IN LIBERAL DEMOCRACIES, and JUST SCHOOLS: PURSUING EQUAL EDUCATION IN SOCIETIES OF DIFFERENCE.

Paula M. L. Moya is Assistant Professor of English at Stanford University and coeditor of "Reclaiming Identity: Realist Theory and the Predicament of Postmodernism "(California, 2000).
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 608 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company (April 19, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 039393070X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393930702
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1.2 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #304,716 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Moya and Markus define race and ethnicity as active and social processes rather than fixed biological categories. This dynamic definition lays the foundation for Doing Race, an impressive, multidisciplinary collection of essays that are useful and thought-provoking for anyone who is interested in identity, race, and ethnicity in relation to human behavior, cultural history, literary criticism, law, genetics, theater, etc... I have already found this book to be both personally and academically relevant as I think about my own identity and research interests. It is a rich resource, and I highly recommend it.
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Hazel Rose Markus and Paula M. L. Moya's Doing Race explores the issue of race through essays written within the past ten years from scholars engaging in provocative work on race.

The essay that impacted me the most from this insightful work was a piece by Columbia University Provost, Claude Steele. In his essay entitled "In the Air between US, Stereotypes, Identity, and Achievement" Steele explores the phenomenon of `stereotype threat.' `Stereotype threat' suggests that unhealthy and negative stereotypes about black people have a significant influence on how black college students are assessed in multiple environments and when students recognize the enormous inability of disproving the stereotype they experience great stress of fear. As a result of the stress and fear of being "stereotyped" in certain environments, the performance of black students is depressed. The essay acknowledges the bad press of black test scores and how black middle class students in highly academic environments go out of their way to avoid a negative stigma associated with race and academic performance.

Amazing Read!
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I'd say that for a book to read for a course, this book was very well organized. I really liked how the content had a wide range, from race in biology to race in the media. It basically proved that race really is everywhere. I don't know if I would ever buy this book for leisure but for course material, it's a great book.
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Very interesting concepts presented in this book, Had to read for Ethnic Studies. A must have if you are looking to make an A in the class, as most quizzes were based off of info you read in this book!
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"Doing Race" gives us the permission and vocabulary to think and talk about issues of race and ethnicity in today's American society. The chapter summaries that precede each chapter are immensely helpful. -- The Curhans
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By mihajlo on February 17, 2014
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Great price!!!! ..

Same book is 15$ more at my school book store but I guess my tuition is not high enough so they need to mark up books too :)
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