Learning Objectives

  1. Explain how the people profiled at the beginning of Chapter 1 exemplify the central themes and concepts of this text.


  2. Explain the relevance of our central concepts—especially subsistence technology, the contact situation, competition and power, and intersectionality—for American dominant-minority relations.


  3. Summarize the situation of each of the groups we have considered in terms of acculturation and integration.


  4. Explain the importance of a sociological perspective for understanding American dominant-minority relations.