This best-selling textbook explains the current state of research in the sociology of race/ ethnicity, emphasizing white privilege, the social construction of race, and the newest theoretical perspectives for understanding race and ethnicity. It is designed to engage students with an emphasis on topics that are meaningful to their lives, including sports, popular culture, interracial relationships, and biracial/multiracial identities and families.

The fourth edition comes at a pivotal time in the politics of race and identity. Fitzgerald includes vital new discussions on race and technology, attacks on critical race theory and the teaching of race, racism, and privilege in schools, and ongoing police violence against people of color. Prominent attention is given to immigration and the discourse surrounding it, policing and minority populations, and the criminal justice system. Using the latest available data, the author examines the present and future of generational change. New case studies include athletes and racial justice activism, removal of Confederate monuments, updates on Black Lives Matter, and Native American activism at Standing Rock.

part I|94 pages

Thinking about Race

chapter 2Chapter 1|32 pages

Taking Account of Race, Racism, and Privilege

chapter Chapter 2|32 pages

White Privilege

The Other Side of Racism

chapter Chapter 3|28 pages

Science and the Sociology of Race

part II|97 pages

A Sociological History of US Race Relations

chapter 96Chapter 4|27 pages

Emergence of the US Racial Hierarchy

chapter Chapter 6|36 pages

Race Relations in Flux

From Civil Rights to Black Lives Matter

part III|174 pages

Institutional Inequalities

chapter 194Chapter 7|38 pages


chapter Chapter 8|33 pages

Economic Inequality and the Role of the State

chapter Chapter 9|25 pages


chapter Chapter 10|37 pages

Crime and Criminal Justice

chapter Chapter 11|39 pages

Race in the Cultural Imagination

part IV|69 pages

Contemporary Issues in Race/Ethnicity

chapter 368Chapter 12|33 pages

Arenas of Racial Integration

Interracial Relationships, Multiracial Families, Biracial/Multiracial Identities, Sports, and the Military

chapter Chapter 13|34 pages

The Future of Race