Privilege: A Reader / Edition 2

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Innovative and thought-provoking, this timely anthology expands the concept of privilege in America beyond the traditional limiters of being white and male. In addition to readings from well-known authors in the field, this edition includes pieces from contemporary scholars breaking new ground in superordinate studies. Seventeen carefully selected essays explore the multifaceted aspects of privilege: how race, gender, class, and sexual preference interact in the lives of those who are privileged by one or more of these identities. Written from a variety of viewpoints, personal and analytic, the essays in this volume help students understand that “race” can mean white people, “gender” can mean men, and “sexuality” can mean heterosexuals.

1. McIntosh, Peggy. “White Privilege and Male Privilege.”
2. Woods, Jewel.“Black Male Privilege.” *
3. Larew, John, “Why are Droves of Unqualified, Unprepared Kids Getting Into our Top Colleges?”
4. Dunbar-Ortiz, Roxanne. “On Being Okie.”
5. Messner, Michael A. “Becoming 100% Straight” 
6. Rochlin, M. “The Heterosexual Questionnaire.” 
7. Johnson, Allan. “Privilege Power and Difference and Us,” from Privilege Power and Difference.*
8. Brodkin Sacks, Karen. “How Jews Became White”
9. Kimmel, Michael S. “Masculinity as Homophobia.” 
10. Wise, Tim. “Anti-Racist Reflections From an Angry White Male.” *
11. Kendall, Diana. “Class in the United States: Not Only Alive but Reproducing.” *
12. Redding, Maureen T. “Invisibility/Hypervisibility: The Paradox of Normative Whiteness.” *
13. hooks, bell. “Class and Race: The New Black Elite.”
14. Bérubé, Allan. “How Gay Stays White and What Kind of White it Stays.”
15. Thompson, Becky. “Subverting Racism From Within.”
16. Hill Collins, Patricia. “Toward a New Vision.” 
17.Ferber, Abby. “Dismantling Privilege and Becoming an Ally.” *

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Editorial Reviews

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Praise for the First Edition

“The diverse voices found in this book would add a unique and thought-provoking perspective to any undergraduate course examining the many aspects of oppression.” —MultiCultural Review

“This is a superb collection of work at the vanguard of a resurgent interest in how privilege works across a wide range of human experience. Kimmel and Ferber have skillfully knit together a coherent picture of otherwise unexamined and under-theorized ‘connections’ in a dauntingly vast and fragmented literature.” —Troy Duster, New York University

“This excellent anthology forcefully illustrates how bigotry based on ethnic, racial, gender, and sexual stereotyping confines and blights the lives of those deemed ‘inferior.’ I’d like to see this book assigned in every high school and college campus in the country.” —Martin Duberman, Distinguished Professor of History Emeritus, CUNY

“Finally a book on how the other half (or less) lives, and how their status, power and way of life is related to the debasing and suffering of others. This volume will start to bring some semblance of balance to the study of inequality and injustice in the United States.” —Pedro Noguera, Harvard University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813344263
  • Publisher: Westview Press
  • Publication date: 12/29/2009
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael S. Kimmel is professor of sociology at the State University of New York, Stony Brook. His books include Changing Men, Guyland, Men's Lives, The Politics of Manhood, Manhood in America, and The Gendered Society. He edits Men and Masculinities, an interdisciplinary scholarly journal, and a book series on men and masculinity at the University of California Press. He is the spokesperson for the National Organization for Men Against Sexism (NOMAS) and lectures extensively on campuses in the U.S. and abroad.

Abby L. Ferber is codirector of women’s and ethnic studies, professor of sociology, and director of the Matrix Center for the Advancement of Social Equity and Inclusion at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, where she cofacilitates the annual Knapsack Institute, a curriculum transformation institute, and is on the national leadership team of the annual White Privilege Conference. She is the author of numerous books, including White Man Falling and Home Grown Hate.

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Table of Contents

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Introduction: "Toward a Pedagogy of the Oppressor" 1
1 Oppression 13
2 The Matter of Whiteness 21
3 Class in America 33
4 Masculinity as Homophobia 51
5 The Heterosexual Questionnaire 75
6 White Privilege Shapes the U.S. 79
7 The Invention of Heterosexuality 83
8 Media Magic 99
9 Hiring Quotas for White Males Only 111
10 How Jews Became White 115
11 Why are Droves of Unqualified, Unprepared Kids Getting into our Top Colleges? Because Their Dads Are Alumni 135
12 White Privilege and Male Privilege 147
13 Teaching about Being an Oppressor 161
14 The King's English: A Campus Fable 173
15 Becoming 100 Percent Straight 181
16 White Like Me 189
17 Universal Freckle, or How I Learned to be White 195
18 Teasing Out the Lessons of the 1960s 215
19 On Being Okie 229
20 Class and Race: The New Black Elite 243
21 How Gay Stays White and What Kind of White It Stays 253
22 Men as Superordinates 287
23 White Reconstruction in the University 299
24 Defending the Culture of Privilege 319
25 Toward a New Vision 331
26 White Men's Roles in Multicultural Coalitions 349
27 Subverting Racism from Within 381
28 Being a Strong White Ally 401
Index 413
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