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Titre : Ethnicity and Inequality in Hawai i (...
Éditeur : Temple University Press,U.S., United States
Date d'édition : 2008
Reliure : Hardback
Etat du livre : New
Edition : New..
Language: English . Brand New Book. Challenges the misconception of Hawai i as a racial paradise by analyzing how ethnic inequality is maintained among its constituent groups. N° de réf. du libraire AAC9781592137558
Synopsis : Challenging the dominant view of Hawai'i as a "melting pot paradise" - a place of ethnic tolerance and equality - Jonathan Okamura examines how ethnic inequality is structured and maintained in island society. He finds that ethnicity, not race or class, signifies difference for Hawai'i's people and therefore structures their social relations. In Hawai'i, residents attribute greater social significance to the presumed cultural differences between ethnicities than to more obvious physical differences, such as skin colour.According to Okamura, ethnicity regulates disparities in access to resources, rewards, and privileges among ethnic groups, as he demonstrates in his analysis of socioeconomic and educational inequalities in the state. He shows that socially and economically dominant ethnic groups - Chinese Americans, Japanese Americans, and whites - have stigmatized and subjugated the islands' other ethnic groups - especially Native Hawaiians, Filipino Americans, and Samoans. He demonstrates how ethnic stereotypes have been deployed against ethnic minorities and how these groups have contested their subordinate political and economic status by articulating new identities for themselves.
"In a carefully documented study, Okamura demonstrates persistent ethnic inequality characterized by stereotypes in the press, criminal justice unfairness, and differential access to scarce goods and resources.... [R]ecommended for its insight into how racial/ethnic conflicts in the continental US may evolve, as well as for its less sunny view of Hawai'i." --April 2009 issue of Choice
"[T]his book is a fascinating and provocative read. One is left with the overall sense that Hawaii has at least the potential to truly achieve the ideal of a society based on ethnic harmony and unfettered opportunity for all." --Asian Affairs, Summer 2009
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