Oppression, Privilege, and Resistance: Theoretical Readings on Racism, Sexism, and Heterosexism / Edition 1

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This anthology is based on a distinct theoretical framework that provides coherence and cohesion to the readings included, presenting the phenomena of racism, sexism, heterosexism, and classism as interlocking systems of oppression. Resting upon this oppression model are two sets of theories, one concerned with the phenomenon of privilege--the companion of oppression--and the other with resistance--the response to oppression.

The significant number of readings addressing the different forms that resistance takes are perhaps the most important part of the book for students struggling with the questions "What is being done?" and "What can I do?"

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780072882438
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
  • Publication date: 12/4/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 672
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.37 (d)

Meet the Author

Lisa Heldke is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Gustavus Adolphus College, where she also teaches in the Women’s Studies Program. She is the author of Exotic Appetites: Ruminations of a Food Adventurer (Routledge 2003) and co-editor of Cooking, Eating, Thinking: Transformative Philosophies of Food (Indiana University Press, 1992).

Lisa Heldke and Peg O’Connor are co-editors of Philosophers on Holiday, a quarterly ‘zine in the philosophical travel/leisure genre.

Peg O’Connor is Associate Professor of Women’s Studies at Gustavus Adolphus College, where she also teaches in the Department of Philosophy. She is the author of Oppression and Responsibility: A Wittgensteinian Approach to Social Practices and Moral Theory (The Pennsylvania State University Press, 2003) and co-editor of Feminist Interpretations of Ludwig Wittgenstein (The Pennsylvania State University Press, 2003).

Lisa Heldke and Peg O’Connor are co-editors of Philosophers on Holiday, a quarterly ‘zine in the philosophical travel/leisure genre.

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Table of Contents

Part I: Theorizing Oppression
Chapter 1: Oppression: General Theories
1. Paulo Freire, Pedagogy of the Oppressed
2. Sandra Lee Bartky, On Psychological Oppression
3. Iris Young, Five Faces of Oppression
Chapter 2: Oppression Axis One: Racism
4. Gloria Yamato, Something About the Subject Makes it Hard to Name
5. bell hooks, overcoming white supremacy: a comment
6. Gertrude Ezorsky, Overt and Institutional Racism
7. Rodolfo Acuna, Occupied America
8. Ward Churchill, Encountering the American Holocaust
9. Ward Churchill, Proposed Convention on Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide (1997)
10. Michael Omi and Howard Winant, Racial Formation
Chapter 3: Oppression Axis Two: Sexism
11. Heidi Hartmann, Towards a Definition of Patriarchy
12. Catharine A. MacKinnon, Difference and Dominance: On Sex Discrimination
13. Carole J. Sheffield, Sexual Terrorism: The Social Control of Women
14. Marilyn Frye, Oppression
15. Michael S. Kimmel, Inequality and Difference
Chapter 4: Oppression Axis Three: Heterosexism/Homophobia
16. Charlotte Bunch, Not for Lesbians Only
17. Timothy Beneke, Homophobia
18. Patrick D. Hopkins, Gender Treachery: Homophobia, Masculinity, and Threatened Identities
19. Cheryl Clarke, The Failure to Transform: Homophobia in the Black Community
20. Suzanne Pharr, Homophobia: A Weapon of Sexism
Chapter 5: Summing Up: Axes of Oppression
21. William Ryan, Blaming the Victim
22. Peg O'Connor, If Everyone Is Responsible, Then Nobody Is
Part II: Theorizing Privilege
Chapter6: Privilege: General Theories
23. Alison Bailey, Privilege: Expanding on Marilyn Frye's "Oppression"
Chapter 7: Privilege Axis One: White Privilege
24. Peggy McIntosh, White Privilege and Male Privilege
25. Doris Davenport, The Pathology of Racism: A Conversation with Third World Wimmin
26. Ruth Frankenberg, White Women, Race Matters
Chapter 8: Privilege Axis Two: Male Privilege
27. John Stoltenberg, How Men Have (a) Sex
28. Alex Walker, Coming Apart
Chapter 9: Privilege Axis Three: Heterosexual Privilege
29. Bruce Ryder, Straight Talk: Male Heterosexual Privilege
30. Devon Carbado, Straight Out of the Closet: Men, Feminism, and Male Heterosexual Privilege
Part III: Complicating Theories of Oppression and Privilege
Chapter 10: Challenging Dichotomous Thinking
31. Lewis R. Gordon, Race, Biraciality, and Mixed Race--In Theory
32. Ana Castillo, A Countryless Woman
33. Lisa Tessman and Bat-Ami Bar On, The Other Colors of Whiteness: A Travelogue
34. Francisco Valdes, Notes on the Conflation of Sex, Gender, and Sexual Orientation
35. Anne Fausto Sterling, The Five Sexes: Why Male and Female Are Not Enough
Chapter 11: Recognizing Multiple Axes of Oppression
36. Elizabeth V. Spelman, Gender & Race: The Ampersand Problem in Feminist Thought
37. Edna Bonacich, Inequality in America
38. Marlon Riggs, Black Macho Revisited
39. June Jordan, Report from the Bahamas
Chapter 12: Being Both Privileged and Oppressed
40. Patricia Hill Collins, Toward a New Vision: Race, Class, and Gender as Categoris of Analysis and Connection
41. Timothy Beneke, Gay Sexism
42. Audre Lorde, Age, Race, Class, and Sex: Women Redefining Difference
Part IV: Theorizing Resistance
Chapter 13: Resistance Strategy One: Education
43. Lawrence Blum, Antiracism, Multiculturalism, and Interracial Community
44. Katha Pollitt, Why We Read: Canon to the Right Of Me...
45. Tia Cross, Freada Klein, Barbara Smith, Beverly Smith, Face to Face, Day to Day--Racism CR
46. Paul Carlo Hornacek, Anti-Sexist Consciousness-Raising Groups for Men
47. Leonard Schein, Dangers with Men's Consciousness-Raising Groups
Chapter 14: Resistance Strategy Two: Disloyalty/Disobedience/Traitorousness
48. Noel Ignatiev, Treason to Whiteness Is Loyalty to Humanity
49. Vine Deloria, Jr., Indian Humor
Chapter 15: Resistance Strategy Three: Separatism and Identity Politics
50. James Boggs, Black Power: A Scientific Concept Whose Time Has Come
51. Cheryl Clarke, Lesbianism: An Act of Resistance
52. Combahee River Collective, A Black Feminist Statement
54. Marilyn Frye, Willful Virgin or Do You Have to Be a Lesbian to Be a Feminist?
Chapter 16: Resistance Strategy Four: Revolution
55. James Cone, Toward a Constructive Definition of Black Power
56. Pat Parker, Revolution: It's Not Neat or Pretty or Quick
57. bell hooks, Feminist Revolution: Development Through Struggle
58. Harry Hay, Toward the New Frontiers of Fairy Vision...
Chapter 17: Resistance Strategy Five: Coalition
59. Elly Bulkin, Breaking a Cycle
60. Manning Marable, Beyond Racial Identity Politics: Toward a Liberation Theory for Multicultural Democracy
61. Mari J. Matsuda, Standing Beside My Sister, Facing the Enemy
Chapter 18: Resistance Strategy Six: Neither/Nor
62. Gloria Anzaldua, La Consciencia de la Mestiza: Towards a New Consciousness
63. Harry Hay, Our Third Gender Responsibilities
64. Karin Baker, Bisexual Feminist Politics: Because Bisexuality Is not Enough
65. Kate Bornstein, This Quiet Revolution
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