Privilege: A Reader

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In this new and timely anthology on the experience of privilege in America-as it relates to holding the identity of the dominant gender, class, race, and sexual preference-sociologists Michael Kimmel and Abby Ferber, along with a wide range of contributors, challenge students to think more critically about the myriad inequalities in society and especially to become more aware of how the dynamics that create inequality for some also benefit others. Designed to be used in both introductory sociology and race, ...
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Overview

In this new and timely anthology on the experience of privilege in America-as it relates to holding the identity of the dominant gender, class, race, and sexual preference-sociologists Michael Kimmel and Abby Ferber, along with a wide range of contributors, challenge students to think more critically about the myriad inequalities in society and especially to become more aware of how the dynamics that create inequality for some also benefit others. Designed to be used in both introductory sociology and race, gender, and class courses, this exciting volume asks that privilege-and students' own role in it-become more visible. With both well-known and previously published pieces as well as new contributions, Privilege uses an "intersectional approach" to explore the ways in which race, class, gender and sexuality interact in the lives of those who are privileged by one or more of these identities. Kimmel and Ferber have brought together leading thinkers and writers on all of these dimensions, to examine both the parallels and the ruptures among these different but connected relationships. Writing both personally and analytically, these essays can bring students inside the experiences, and enable us all to begin to theorize our own lives, as well as to explore the ways in which these systems intersect in people's lives.

About the Editors:

Michael S. Kimmel is professor of sociology at SUNY, Stonybrook. His books include Changing Men, Men Confront Pornography, Men's Lives, Against the Tide, The Politics of Manhood, Manhood, and The Gendered Society. He edits Men and Masculinities, an interdisciplinary scholarly journal, a book series on Men and Masculinity at the University of California Press, and the Sage Series on Men and Masculinities. He is the Spokesperson for the National Organization for Men Against Sexism (NOMAS) and lectures extensively on campuses in the U.S. and abroad.White Man Falling, co-author of Hate Crime in America and Making A Difference. She has been widely interviewed about her work on hate crimes and white supremacy.

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Editorial Reviews

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"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: 9780813340562
  • Publisher: Westview Press
  • Publication date: 1/24/2003
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 432
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author


Michael S. Kimmel is Distinguished Professor of Sociology at SUNY at Stony Brook.  The author or editor of more than twenty volumes, his books include The Guy’s Guide to Feminism (2011), Guyland: The Perilous World Where Boys Become Men (2008), Men’s Lives (9th edition, 2013), and Manhood in America: A Cultural History (3rd edition, 2011). He is also founder and editor of Men and Masculinities, the field’s premier scholarly journal.

Abby L. Ferber is Professor of Sociology and Director of the Matrix Center for the Advancement of Social Equity and Inclusion at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. Her many authored, co-authored, and edited books include White Man Falling: Race, Gender, and White Supremacy (1998), Hate Crime in America: What Do We Know? (2000) and The New Basics: Sex, Gender, and Sexuality (2008). She is also co-organizer of the national White Privilege Conference and the Knapsack Institute.

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Table of Contents

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Preface
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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