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Matrix of Race: Social Construction, Intersectionality, and Inequality

by Rodney Coates, Abby Ferber and David L. Brunsma SAGE Publications, Inc
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The Matrix of Race, for race and ethnic relations courses, is written by three leading scholars -- Rodney D. Coates, David L. Brunsma, and Abby L. Ferber -- and reflects a very contemporary way of looking at race, minorities, and intergroup relations. Older texts use a "categorical" approach and feature a series of chapters that examine one minority group at a time (African Americans, Latino/a Americans, Asian Americans, Native Americans, etc.). Newer texts designed within the last 5-10 years are more likely to be organized topically, discuss various racial and ethnic minorities within the context of these topics, and use the most current theories and perspectives in this field. The Matrix of Race is built around these core ideas: -Race is a both a social construction and a social institution -Race is intersectional--it is embedded within other statuses (such as gender, social class, sexuality) -Concepts of race change over time and as we move from one physical location to another -We are all active agents in upholding, reproducing, or resisting constructions of race.  

1. Race and the Social Construction of Difference
The Social Construction of Race
The Social Matrix of Race
The Operation of Racism
Our Stories
2. Our Storied Past: Constructing Race in America
Indigenous Peoples: The Americas before Columbus
Discovery and Encounters: The Shaping of Our Storied Past
Race Today: Adapting and Evolving
The U.S. Matrix and Intersections: Where do we go from here
3. Families
Historical Regulation of the Family
Family Inequality Theories
Family Inequality Through the Matrix Lens
Transforming the Ideal Family Narrative
4. Work and Wealth Inequality
Recent Trends in Work and Wealth
Theories of Economic Inequality
Applying the Matrix to the History of Economic Inequality in the U.S.
Transforming the Story of Race and Economic Inequality
5. Health, Medicine, and Healthcare
Patterns of Inequality in Health and Healthcare
Theorizing Inequality in Health and Healthcare
Applying the Matrix to Health and Healthcare
Revisiting and Transforming Health and Healthcare
6. Education
The Shaping of the Matrix of United States Education
Theories of Education
Examining the Concealed Stories of Education Through the Matrix
Alternative Educational Movements and The Future of Education
7. Crime, Law, and Deviance
History of Race, Crime, and Deviance
Sociological Stock Theories of Crime and Deviance
Applying the Matrix Perspective to Crime and Deviance
Transforming the Narrative of Race, Crime, and Deviance
8. Power, Politics, and Identities
Contemporary Political Identities
Critiquing Sociological Stock Theories of Power, Politics, and Identity
Applying the Matrix of Race to U.S. Political History
Building Alternatives to the Matrix of Race and Politics
9. Sports and the American Dream
The State of Sport Today
Examining Sociological Theories of Sport
Applying the Matrix to Sports in the United States
Creating a New Playing Field
10. The Military, War, and Global Terrorism
Class, Gender, and Race, in the United States Military
Military Sociology Stock Stories
Applying the Matrix Approach to the Military, War and Terrorism
A More Inclusive Future

David L. Brunsma is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. He received his Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Notre Dame in 1998, focusing on the determinants of parental contact with high schools