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Race and Ethnicity in America$
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John Iceland

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780520286900

Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520286900.001.0001

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International Comparisons and Policy Debates

International Comparisons and Policy Debates

(p.125) 7 International Comparisons and Policy Debates
Race and Ethnicity in America

John Iceland

University of California Press

This chapter discusses how different countries view race and ethnicity, including different approaches to conceptualizing and measuring racial and ethnic groups. It then examines racial and ethnic inequality in various settings—focusing mainly (though note solely) on peer countries of the U.S. in the OECD as well as in Latin America. It ends with a discussion of policy responses to racial and ethnic diversity, including debates about multiculturalism vs. assimilation and about affirmative action. The goal of this chapter is to broaden our understanding of how different contexts shape patterns of racial and ethnic inequality, and thus to provide a global perspective to U.S. conversations about these issues.

Keywords:   international comparisons, racial and ethnic diversity, measuring race and ethnicity, policy, affirmative action, assimilation, multiculturalism

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