Race, Gender, Sexuality, and Social Class: Dimensions of Inequality

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Race, Gender, Sexuality, and Social Class: Dimensions of Inequality, edited by renowned researcher and scholar Susan Ferguson, presents a contemporary and compelling overview of race, ethnicity, gender, and social classissues in the United States today. Taking an intersectional approach, the book is organized topically, rather than focusing on specific race/ethnic subgroups. The content is framed around the themes of identity, experiences of race, class, gender or sexuality, difference, inequality, and social change or personal empowerment, with historical context threaded throughout to deepen the reader's understanding. With engaging readings and cutting-edge scholarship the collection is not only refreshingly contemporary but also relevant to students’ lives.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412991940
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 8/10/2012
  • Pages: 776
  • Sales rank: 136,439
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Susan Ferguson is Professor of Sociology at Grinnell College, where she has taught for almost 20 years. Ferguson regularly teaches Introduction to Sociology, and her critically acclaimed anthology, Mapping the Social Landscape: Readings in Sociology (Mc Graw-Hill, 2010) is used in introductory classes around the country. Ferguson also teaches courses on the family, medical sociology, the Sociology of the Body, and a new seminar on social inequality and identity. Ferguson has published in all of these areas, including the research collection, Breast Cancer: Society Shapes an Epidemic (with co-editor Anne Kasper, Palgrave, 2000), and Shifting the Center: Understanding Contemporary Families (Mc Graw-Hill, 2011). In addition, Ferguson is the General Editor for “Contemporary Family Perspectives,” which is a series of research monographs and short texts on the family (Sage Publications).

Ferguson, who grew up in a working class family in Colorado, still considers the Rocky Mountains to be her spiritual home. A first-generation college student, Ferguson was able to attend college with the help of scholarships, work study, and financial loans. She majored in Political Science and Spanish and also completed certificates of study in Women’s Studies and Latin American Studies. After working a couple of years for a large research grant sponsored by the United States Agency for International Development, Ferguson entered graduate school and completed her master’s degree in sociology at Colorado State University and her Ph.D. in sociology at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Her areas of study are gender, family, women’s health, and pedagogy, but her primary enthusiasm is for teaching.

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Table of Contents

Part I: Introduction to Race, Gender, Sexualtiy, and Social Class: Concepts, History, and Theories
A: Concepts
1. Defining Contested Concepts - Lynn Weber
2. What is Racial Domination? - Matthew Desmond and Mustafa Emirbayer
3. Creating a World of Dichotomy: Categorizing Sex and Gendering Cultural Messages - Sara L. Crawley, Lara J. Foley, and Constance L. Shehan
4. The Social Construction of Disability - Susan Wendell
B: History
5. Rethinking the Paradigm: Class - Gerda Lerner
6. Racial Domination and the Evolution of Racial Classification - Tukufu Zuberi
7. How Jews Became White Folks - Karen Brodkin
8. The Invention of Heterosexuality - Jonathan Ned. Katz
C: Theories of Difference
9. Foundations of Class Analysis: A Marxist Perspective - Erik Olin Wright
10. Is Capitalism Gendered and Racialized? - Joan Acker
11. The Social Construction and Institutionalization of Gender and Race: An Integrative Framework - Evelyn Nakano Glen
12. Critical Thinking about Inequality: An Emerging Lens - Bonnie Thornton Dill and Ruth Enid Zambrana
13. Whiteness by Any Other Color is Still Whiteness - Pem Davidson Buck
14. My Body, My Closet: Invisible Disability and the Limits of Coming-Out Discourse - Ellen Samuels
Part II: Identities Matter: The Social Construction and Experience of Race, Gender, Sexuality, and Social Class
A: Identity Formation
15. Who Am I? Race, Ethnicity, and Identity - Hazel Rose Markus
16. Gender and Identity - Judith A. Howard and Ramira M. Alamilla
17. How We Find Ourselves: Identity Development and Two-Spirit People - Alex Wilson
18. Salvaging the Self - David Snow and Leon Anderson
19. The Costs of a Costless Community - Mary C. Waters
20. ’I’m an American with a Japanese Look’: Emerging Identities and Practices. - Mia Tuan
B: Identities and Social Interaction
21. Using Racial and Ethnic Concepts: The Critical Case of Very Young Children - Debra Van Ausdal and Joe R. Feagin
22. Women with Class: Chicas, Cholas, Trash and the Presence/Absence of Class Identity - Julie Bettie
23. Queers Without Money: They are Everywhere. But We Refuse to See Them - Amber Hollibaugh
24. A Place in Town: Doing Class in a Coffee Shop - Carrie Yodanis
25. The View from the Country Club: Wealthy Whites and the Matrix of Privilege - Jessica Holden Sherwood
C: Identity Construction and Stigma Management
26. The Racial Formation of American Indians: Negotiating Legitimate Identities within Trial and Federal Law - Eva Marie Garroutte
27. Becoming a Gendered Body: Practices of Preschools - Karin A. Martin
28. Passing as Black: Racial Identity Work among Biracial Americans - Nikki Khanna and Cathryn Johnson
29. Heteronormativity and Homonormativity as Practical and Moral Resources: The Case of Lesbian and Gay Elders - Dana Rosenfeld
30. The Stigma of Brown Skin and “Foreign” Names - Amir Marvasti and Karyn D. Mc Kinney
Part III: Social Institutions and the Perpetuation of Inequality
A: The Family
31. It’s All in the Family: Intersections of Gender, Race, and Nation - Patricia Hill Collins
32. An Intersectional Approach to Resistance and Complicity: The Case of Racialized Desire among Asian American Women - Karen Pyke
33. The Privilege of Coming Out: Race, Class, and Lesbians Mothering Decisions - Nancy Mezey
B: Education
34. How Tracking Undermines Race Equity in Desegregated Schools - Roslyn Arlin Michelson
35. The Schooling of Latino Children - Luis C. Moll and Richard Ruiz
36. Class Matters - Peter Sacks
C: Employment and the Economy
37. Inequality Regimes: Gender, Class, and Race in Organizations - Joan Acker
38. Are Emily and Greg More Employable than Lakisha and Jamal? A Field Experiment on Labor Market Discrimination - Marianne Bertrand and Sendhil Mullainathan
39. Families on the Frontier: From Braceros in the Fields to Braceras in the Home - Pierrette Hondagneu-Sotelo
D: Health Care and Medicine
40. Social Determinants and Family Health - Janet R. Grochowski
41. Racism’s Hidden Toll - Ryan Blitstein
42. A Slow, Toxic Decline: Dialysis Patients, Technological Failure, and the Unfulfilled Promise of Health in America - Keith Wailoo
E: Media
43. Framing Class, Vicarious Living, and Conspicuous Consumption - Diana Kendall
44. Muslim Americans in the News before and after 9/11 - Bridgitte L. Nacos and Oscar Torres-Reyna
45. The Digital Reproduction of Inequality - Eszter Hargittai
F: Politics and Government
46. Sand Castles and Snake Pits - Lillian B. Rubin
47. Explaining and Eliminating Racial Profiling - Donald Tomaskovic-Devey and Patricia Warren
48. The Perversions of Prison: On the Origins of Hypermasculinity and Sexual Violence in Confinement - Craig Haney
Part IV: Power and Priviledge Unmasked
49. America Unequal - Douglas S. Massey
50. Confronting Intersecting Inequalities - Sonia Hanson, Peter Kivisto and Elizabeth Hartung
51. Toward a New Vision: Race, Class, and Gender as Categories of Analysis and Connection - Patricia Hill Collins
52. Whiteness Studies and the Erasure of Gender - Abby L. Ferber
53. Racial Profiling and Immigration Law Enforcement: Rounding Up of Usual Suspects in the Latino Community - Mary Romero
54. The Many Costs of Anti-Asian Discrimination - Rosalind S. Chou and Joe R. Feagin
55. Sexual Harassment and Masculinity: The Power and Meaning of ‘Girl Watching’ - Beth A. Quinn
56. Fences and Neighbors: Segregation in Twenty-First-Century America - John E. Farley and Gregory D. Squires
Part V: Social Change and Empowerment
57. How White People Can Serve as Allies to People of Color in the Struggle to End Racism - Paul Kivel
58. Real Men Join the Movement - Michael Kimmel
59. Young Women, Late Modern Politics, and the Participatory Possibilities of Online Cultures - Anita Harris
60. Reducing Inequalities: Doing Anti-Racism: Toward an Egalitarian American Society - Jacqueline Johnson, Sharon Rush, and Joe Feagin
61. Dismantling Noah’s Ark - Judith Lorber
62. Toward Diversity that Works: Building Community through Arts and Culture - Maria Rosario Jackson
63. The Art of Reframing Political Debates - Charlotte Ryan and William A. Gamson
64. Policy Steps toward Closing the Gap - Meizhu Lui, Barbara J. Robles, Betsy Leondar-Wright, Rose Brewer, and Rebecca Adamson
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