The second midterm emphasizes on (1) lecture notes, (2) the three book chapters 7, 8, and 9 (pay attention to the green concepts), as well as (3) video œLA county central jail .
Although lecture notes especially theories are the most important, I give some guidance for chapter reading as well.
Critically evaluate Dr. Bonacich’s œsplit labor market and œmiddleman minority theories; Dr. Gordon’s œassimilation theory; the œpluralist theory; the œpush “ pull , œhuman capital , and œworld system theories.
Central arguments of the book chapters and how did the authors support their concepts through using data and charts?
Conclusions of the authors
Marxist Conflict theory: major arguments and weaknesses
Davis and Moore’s Functionalist theory: major arguments and weakness
Wilson’s declining significance of race vs. Duncan and Blau’s empirical comparisons of Black and White occupational mobility, variables used.
Intergenerational vs. Intragenerational mobilities.
Dr. Mario Barrera’s arguments on Deficiency vs. Bias theories, variables used in the two different models (see lecture notes).
Push and pull theories in migration
Demographic theory in migration
Human capital theory in migration (including œbrain drain)
World system theory
Hispanic American’s history and migration patterns
Why most of them serve as œcheap labors?
Their social, familial, and income characteristics
Which three ethnic groups of Hispanic and Asian have the highest population percentage?
Why Mexican Americans are also called œsojourners?
Why they transferred from œcolonized minority to œimmigration minority (page 288)
Push and pull factors for Mexican Americans (page 289)
Immigration, colonization and intergroup competition (page 294-295)
Continuing colonization (295-296)
Protest and resistance (296)
Immigration (push and pull) (304)
The ethnic enclave (305-306)
Assimilation and pluralism (316-320)
Asian American’s history and migration patterns
Why Asian’s œmodel minority image is wrong?
Which two Asian groups have the highest population percentages?
Chinese Americans (339-340)
Second generation (340-341)
Ethnic enclave (342-343)
An American success story and critique (344)
Korean American (352)
Pilipino American (353)
Prejudice and discrimination against Asian American (354-355)
Assimilation and pluralism of Asian Americans (355-365)
Weak political power of Asian Americans (lecture and textbook)
Arab American’s migration pattern and educational/occupational characteristics
Arab’s contribution to the world (lecture notes)
Middle east and Arab Americans (384-386)
9-11 and after (387-388)
Views toward immigrants (392-393)
Is contemporary assimilation segmented? (397-399)
46. Reliability (repeatedly getting the similar results) vs. validity (closely reflect the concepts being measured) (online notes)
47. Stratified random sample (e.g. randomly select the states, randomly select the schools from these states, randomly select the random samples from these schools)
48. Literature review (online notes, to review the most update arguments and empirical findings of the authors relating to the race/ethnicity study topic)
49. The core values of the U.S. society (lecture, such as hard working, competition, materialism, individualism etc)
50. The ideology of American individualism (416-417)