Emerging Intersections: Race, Class, and Gender in Theory, Policy, and Practice

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The United States is known as a "melting pot" yet this mix tends to be volatile and contributes to a long history of oppression, racism, and bigotry.

Emerging Intersections, an anthology of ten previously unpublished essays, looks at the problems of inequality and oppression from new angles and promotes intersectionality as an interpretive tool that can be utilized to better understand the ways in which race, class, gender, ethnicity, and other dimensions of difference shape our lives today. The book showcases innovative contributions that expand our understanding of how inequality affects people of color, demonstrates the ways public policies reinforce existing systems of inequality, and shows how research and teaching using an intersectional perspective compels scholars to become agents of change within institutions. By offering practical applications for using intersectional knowledge, Emerging Intersections will help bring us one step closer to achieving positive institutional change and social justice.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813544540
  • Publisher: Rutgers University Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/2009
  • Pages: 328
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Bonnie Thornton Dill is a professor and chair of the department of women's studies and founder of the Consortium on Race, Gender, and Ethnicity at the University of Maryland, College Park.

Ruth Enid Zambrana is a professor of women's studies and director of the Consortium on Race, Gender, and Ethnicity, and interim director of the U.S. Latino Studies Initiative at the University of Maryland, College Park.

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Table of Contents

Foreword: Emerging Intersections-Building Knowledge and Transforming Institutions Patricia Hill Collins vii

Acknowledgments xv

1 Critical Thinking about Inequality: An Emerging Lens Bonnie Thornton Dill Ruth Enid Zambrana 1

2 Entering a Profession: Race, Gender, and Class in the Lives of Black Women Attorneys Elizabeth Higginbotham 22

3 The Intersection of Poverty Discourses: Race, Class, Culture, and Gender Debra Henderson Ann Tickamyer 50

4 Staggered Inequalities in Access to Higher Education by Gender, Race, and Ethnicity Ruth Enid Zambrana Victoria-Maria Macdonald 73

5 Developing Policy to Address the Lived Experiences of Working Mothers Mary Gatta 101

6 Exploring the Intersections of Race, Ethnicity, and Class on Maternity Leave Decisions: Implications for Public Policy Tiffany Manuel Ruth Enid Zambrana 123

7 Racial, Ethnic, and Gender Disparities in the Workforce, Education, and Training under Welfare Reform Avis Jones-Deweever Bonnie Thornton Dill Sanford Schram 150

8 Racial, Ethnic, and Gender Disparities in Early School Leaving (Dropping Out) L. Janelle Dance 180

9 Racial, Ethnic, and Gender Disparities in Political Participation and Civic Engagement Lorrie Ann Frasure Linda Faye Williams 203

10 Intersections, Identities, and Inequalities in Higher Education Bonnie Thornton Dill 229

11 Transforming the Campus Climate through Institutions, Collaboration, and Mentoring Bonnie Thornton Dill Ruth Enid Zambrana Amy Mclaughlin 253

12 Conclusion: Future Directions in Knowledge Building and Sustaining Institutional Change Ruth Enid Zambrana Bonnie Thornton Dill 274

Contributors 291

Index 297

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