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Unformatted text preview: Chapter 5 Race, Ethnicity, and Families Domestic workers come from Latin America and Asia More women today Often send money home Globalization brings increased flow of migrants Transnational motherhood Discrimination Racial-Ethnic Groups Racial-ethnic group – people who share a common identity and whose members think of themselves as distinct from others by virtue of ancestry, culture, and sometimes physical characteristics Great differences in family structure by racial ethnic groups – Hispanic: Latin American ancestry First listing in 1970 census 12.5% in 2000 census – Only 42% of these listed themselves in specific racial category – Asian American: Came from an Asian country Everywhere from Japan to Pakistan Different races No overall “Asian” category in 2000 census As many variations in family patterns within subgroups as non-Hispanics United States is structured around five racial- ethnic groups – African Americans – Hispanics – Asian and Pacific Islanders – Native Americans – Non-Hispanic Whites • “Whiteness” as Ethnicity Do non-Hispanic Whites have an ethnicity? – Most derived from European immigrants – Did not rely on kin as much for support – Whiteness is not an inherent characteristic of people • Figure 5.1 Percentage of children under 18 living with a married couple, single parent, or neither parent African American Families Economic ups and downs during last half of 20th century had profound effect on these families – Especially on lower and working class black families – Men and women reluctant to marry African Americans The Impact of Economics More likely than whites to weigh economic considerations Effects of welfare on marriage...
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- Fall '09
- White American, Hispanic and Latino Americans