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    About this book: Sociology of Race and Ethnicity

    This textbook is so perfectly called a remix. It is a combination of the work of many different authors who have all contributed to the growing body of Open Educational Resources (OER). I have selected pages and chapters from Anthropology, Sociology, Social Justice Studies, Ethnic Studies, Social Work, and Psychology since a multidisciplinary approach allows us to learn from the best work in many fields but most of the content comes from two other OER textbooks: Race and Ethnic Relations in the U.S.: An Intersectional Approach and Introduction to Ethnic Studies. You can learn about each of these texts below.

    According to Ambroise-Thomas (2023) The idea of a remix originates in the 1960s and 1970s when Jamaican reggae and dub artists began experimenting with reworking and manipulating existing recordings. Over time, the remix has also emerged as a distinct art form, with many artists and producers choosing to focus primarily on creating remixes. This shift in focus has given rise to a new wave of creative expression, as remixers reinterpret and re-imagine existing tracks to create entirely new musical experiences. Remix culture has had an impact on many forms of media, from music to film and television and now, in Open Educational Resources.

    Jennifer Ounjian, Creator/Remixer/Contributor

    Jennifer Ounjian headshot

    Jennifer is a tenured professor at Contra Costa College and department chair for the Psychology Department. She also teaches at Madera Community College in Ethnic Studies and Psychology. Jennifer earned her BA in African American Studies with a minor in Armenian Studies at CSU Fresno, MA in Afro-American Studies (Sociology concentration) at UCLA, and MA and EdD (ABD) in Counseling Psychology at Argosy University. She has worked in higher education for over 20 years in a variety of positions starting with TRiO programs in East Los Angeles and Pasadena, a decade in academic management, and now 12 years in the faculty ranks. Jennifer has foundhas a cherished creative and intellectual outlet in OER and ancillary development in addition to online course instructional design and curriculum development. You will find several contributions from her to this book listed as "Our Local Stories" documenting the history of minoritized populations in the Central Valley of California.

    About the Book: Race and Ethnic Relations in the U.S.: An Intersectional Approach

    This open text was compiled by seven diverse, community college sociology faculty from Long Beach City College, Cerritos College, and Rancho Santiago College. With an eye on social justice and intersectionality, the text provides a sociological analysis of the history, demographics, and contemporary experiences of the following race-ethnic groups: African Americans, Asian American Pacific Islanders, Euro Americans, Latinx, Native Americans, Middle Eastern Americans. This text is suitable for a sociology course on race and ethnic relations or a social justice studies introductory course.

    About the Authors/Contributors

    Erika Gutierrez, Author/Contributor

    Erika is a tenured sociology/ethnic studies professor at Santiago Canyon College, and she occasionally teaches part time at Long Beach City College.

    Dr. Janét Hund, Author/Contributor


    Dr. Janét Hund is a tenured full-time professor in Sociology at Long Beach City College; she currently serves at the Social Sciences Department Chair. She began her full-time tenure at Long Beach City College in 1997. Janét recently earned her EdD in Community College Leadership from National American University. She earned her M.A. in Sociology at Arizona State University and her B.A. in Sociology/Minority Studies at Wichita State University. After incorporating OER texts for years in her Introduction to Sociology and Modern Social Problems courses, she desired to adopt OER material for her Race & Ethnic Relations in the U.S. course. She is appreciative of a former student trustee who called her attention to the OER movement nearly a decade ago. She is committed to her personal and professional growth to better serve our diverse student body. Her children, Jonas and Jakobi Oware, created images, charts and tables found throughout this book.

    Shaheen Johnson, Author/Contributor