Learning Objectives

  1. Describe the increasing racial and ethnic diversity of the United States.


  2. Define the concept of a minority group.


  3. Explain the sociological perspectives that will guide this text, especially as they relate to the relationships between inequality and minority-group status.


  4. Explain the roles of race and gender in maintaining minority-group status.


  5. Cite and explain four of the key concepts in dominant–minority relations.


  6. Explain what is meant by a global perspective, and apply that perspective to the relationship between globalization and immigration to the United States