Making Sense of Race, Class, and Gender: Commonsense, Power, and Privilege in the United States

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Overview

Using arresting case studies of how ordinary people understand the concepts of race, class, and gender, Celine-Marie Pascale shows that the peculiarity of commonsense is that it imposes obviousness—that which we cannot fail to recognize. As a result, how we negotiate the challenges of inequality in the twenty-first century may depend less on what people consciously think about "difference" and more on what we inadvertently assume. Through an analysis of commonsense knowledge, Pascale expertly provides new insights into familiar topics. In addition, by analyzing local practices in the context of established cultural discourses, Pascale shows how the weight of history bears on the present moment, both enabling and constraining possibilities. Pascale tests the boundaries of sociological knowledge and offers new avenues for conceptualizing social change.

In 2008, Making Sense of Race, Class and Gender was the recipient of the Distinguished Contribution to Scholarship Book Award, of the American Sociological Association Section on Race, Gender, and Class, for "distinguished and significant contribution to the development of the integrative field of race, gender, and class."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415955362
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 12/28/2006
  • Pages: 153
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Celine-Marie Pascale is Assistant Professor of Sociology at American University and an associate of the Center for Social Media. She is Co-President of the International Sociological Association Research Committee 25, Language, and Society.

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Table of Contents


Preface     vii
Introduction     1
Routine Matters: Racialization in Everyday Life     23
All the Right Stuff: Gender and Sexuality     51
Class: A Representational Economy     79
Moving Forward     109
Interviewees     117
Collection of Newspaper Articles     119
Endnotes     121
References     131
Index     149
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