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Iron Cages: Race and Culture in 19th-Century America

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Now in a new edition, Iron Cages provides a unique comparative analysis of white American attitudes toward Asians, blacks, Mexicans, and Native Americans in the 19th century. This pathbreaking work offers a cohesive study of the foundations of race and culture in America. In a new epilogue, Takaki argues that the social health of the United States rests largely on the abil ...more
Paperback, 400 pages
Published March 9th 2000 by Oxford University Press, USA
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Leigh Ann Wilson, Ph.D.
Sep 19, 2015 Leigh Ann Wilson, Ph.D. rated it really liked it
HIST 8980: Hawes: Thematic Studies, Fall 2005

racial domination in the development of 19th century capitalistic America. Study of blacks, Indians, Mexicans and Asians. Cultural hegemony (per Gramsci) --- a certain way of life is dominant. What white men dictated affected everyone else. The minorities were exploited for their cheap labor. The term "iron cages" is a metaphor from Max Weber, meaning complete oppression.
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Aug 02, 2007 Izetta Autumn rated it it was amazing
I love Ron Takaki, not only has he conducted pivotal research, but his own personal story is so compelling. He also truly believes in education and has a passion for it. Here's a book that will teach you things about history that most of us don't learn in school.
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Nov 05, 2007 Adam rated it it was amazing
Have you ever read a book that made water boil and your toenails stand on end? Want to know how fucked up this country's original game plan really was? This book is a fucking mind boggler. It will leave you booking plane tickets to Prague.
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did not know that that ethnic studies was possible until i read this book and occupied america.
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Oct 27, 2007 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: people with white American attitudes
Read this book for a class. Realized the obvious.
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