Asian America: Sociological and Interdisciplinary Perspectives
April 2014, Polity
With vivid examples and lucid discussion of a broad range of theories, the authors demonstrate the contributions of the discipline of sociology to understanding Asian Americans, and vice versa. In addition, this text takes students beyond the boundaries of the United States to cultivate a comparative and global understanding of the Asian experience, as it has become increasingly transnational and diasporic.
Bridging sociology and the growing interdisciplinary field of Asian American studies, and uniquely placing them in dialogue with one another, this engaging text will be welcome in undergraduate and graduate sociology courses such as race and ethnic relations, immigration, and social stratification, as well as on ethnic studies courses more broadly.
Chapter 1 Introduction
Chapter 2 Race, Gender, and Sexuality
Chapter 3 Arrival and History
Chapter 4 Class and Work Lives
Chapter 5 Education
Chapter 6 Family
Chapter 7 Citizenship
Chapter 8 Media
Chapter 9 Identity
Chapter 10 Interethnic/Inter-Minority Relations
Chapter 11 Social Movements and Politics
Pawan Dhingra is Professor and Chair of Sociology and Professor of American Studies at Tufts University.
Robyn Magalit Rodriguez is Associate Professor of Asian American Studies at the University of California, Davis.
"[Dhingra & Rodriguez] succinctly but compellingly present arguments and evidence from different sociological and interdisciplinary approaches, from assimilationist perspectives to critical race theory. The result is an accessible volume that will be a welcome addition to the bookshelves of many social scientists and ethnic studies scholars, as well as their students."
Ethnic and Racial Studies
"Pawan Dhingra and Robyn Rodriguez, both distinguished scholars with great experience on the subject, offer a highly readable book which explores much more than the content suggested in its title."
LSE Review of Books
''Dhingra and Rodriguez provide a new overview on the diversity of Asian American communities in the 21st century. Drawing on racial formation theory and critical race theory throughout the book, Asian America: Sociological and Interdisciplinary Perspectives reinterprets such key issues as immigrants' rights, labor, education, family, and popular culture in new, exciting, and accessible terms. Their approaches to race/class/gender intersectionality in the Asian American context, and their deconstruction of "model minority" stereotyping, are particularly valuable. Highly recommended for course adoption!''
Howard Winant, University of California Santa Barbara
"Dhingra and Rodriguez are well-established scholars whose partnership has provided one of the best overviews on Asian Americans and race that I have read in recent years. With insightful analysis, clear writing, and incorporating an impressive range of material, this is an outstanding book.''
Leland Saito, University of Southern California
''A splendid, much-needed text, Asian America: Sociological and Interdisciplinary Perspectives reveals how the social sciences inform some of the key concepts and debates in Asian American and ethnic studies. Required reading for scholars and students alike.''
Gary Y. Okihiro, Columbia University