Does activism matter? This book answers with a clear "yes." American Indian Ethnic Renewal traces the growth of the American Indian population over the past forty years, when the number of Native Americans grew from fewer than one-half million in 1950 to nearly 2 million in 1990. This quadrupling of the American Indian population cannot be explained by rising birth rates, declining death rates, or immigration. Instead, the growth in the number of American Indians is the result of an increased willingness of Americans to identify themselves as Indians. What is driving this increased ethnic identification? In American Indian Ethnic Renewal, Joane Nagel identifies several historical forces which have converged to create an urban Indian population base, a reservation and urban Indian organizational infrastructure, and a broad cultural climate of ethnic pride and militancy. Central among these forces was federal Indian "Termination" policy which, ironically, was designed to assimilate and de-tribalize Native America. Reactions against Termination were nurtured by the Civil Rights era atmosphere of ethnic pride to become a central focus of the native rights activist movement known as "Red Power." This resurgence of American Indian ethnic pride inspired increased Indian ethnic identification, launched a renaissance in American Indian culture, language, art, and spirituality, and eventually contributed to the replacement of Termination with new federal policies affirming tribal Self- Determination. American Indian Ethnic Renewal offers a general theory of ethnic resurgence which stresses both structure and agency--the role of politics and the importance of collective and individual action--in understanding how ethnic groups revitalize and reinvent themselves. Scholars and students of American Indians, social movements and activism, and recent United States history, as well as the general reader interested in Native American life, will all find this an engaging and informative work.
"This is an exceptional book."--Choice "This is a wonderful book. It will be of interest and value to all who are interested in racial and ethnic relations in the United States....The value of the book lies in the care with which it has been written and its attention to critical, theoretical, and empirical issues."--American Journal of Sociology "A well-researched and balanced discussion of the influence of Red Power has been sorely overdue. Joane Nagel's book provides that reasoned voice....This groundbreaking and highly readable book [is] suitable for students and scholars interested in social movements, ethnic politics, and contemporary American Indian life."--Sociological Inquiry "Nagel writes with clarity and avoids an overuse of jargon....[This book] is a worthwhile study....Nagel has lifted the discussion well above polemics."--The Historian "Nagel offers a penetrating critical inquiry into...ethnic identification among American Indians....This is an exceptional book."--Choice (Named an Outstanding Academic Book of 1996) "American Indian Ethnic Renewal is destined to become a classic in the field of race and ethnic constructionism....An absorbing read, this book is suitable for advanced undergraduate and graduate courses, and valuable to scholars interested in cultural studies, constructionism, social movements, and in recent and contemporary American Indian history."--Humanity and Society "Finally! A text that addresses the issues of American Indian identity that is both group specific and contemporary."--Angela Gonzales, San Francisco State University "An excellent text for any course addressing contemporary issues affecting Native American politics and societies. It frames the relevant questions and pulls together theory, history, policy and prospects for the future in a most provocative way."--Franke Wilmer, Montana State University
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 1st July 1998
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.91 x 15.85 x 1.93
Weight (kg): 0.48