Reconstructing Gender: A Multicultural Anthology / Edition 4

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Reconstructing Gender: A Multicultural Anthology examines experiences of women and men from a multicultural perspective within the context of power, privilege, and inequality. The readings address the intersection of gender with race, ethnicity, social class, sexual orientation, transgender experience, religion, and disability. Estelle Disch has chosen accessible, engaging, and provocative readings that include academic, personal, and critical essays.

New additions to the fifth edition focus on immigration, women in the U.S. armed forces, environmental hazards related to gender, gay soldiers and professional athletes who are closeted, violence prevention, third-wave feminism, transgender, hip-hop, health care reform as a woman's issue, globalization, the celebration of same-sex marriage, and the perspective of a progressive Black Muslim woman in the United States.

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An anthology of provocative readings that force readers to face the complexity of gender and its varied relationships to power. Some themes are social contexts of gender, gender socialization, embodiment, and communication. Other topics are sexuality, families, education, paid work and unemployment, health and illness, violence, and a world that is truly human. The editor is affiliated with the University of Massachusetts-Boston. Lacks a subject index. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780072997422
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
  • Publication date: 7/22/2005
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 688
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Estelle Disch is professor of sociology at the University of Massachusetts Boston where she has been active in curricular transformation, general education reform, and faculty development. She has written extensively on pedagogical issues in diverse classrooms. Her research focuses on the effects of sexual abuse by professionals and on assessing learning in university courses. She has served as a consultant and trainer related to creating more

open and accepting campus climates and has run many workshops for professionals related to maintaining appropriate professional boundaries.

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Table of Contents

1 The Puerto Rican dummy and the merciful son 31
2 From nothing, a consciousness 41
3 The past is ever present : recognizing the new racism 48
4 Angry women are building : issues and struggles facing American Indian women today 63
5 "J.A.P"-slapping : the politics of scapegoating 67
6 White privilege : unpacking the invisible knapsack 71
7 Controlled or autonomous : identity and the experience of the network, women living under Muslim laws 76
8 Theorizing difference from multiracial feminism 81
9 Patriarchy, the system : an it, not a he, a them or an us 91
10 Reflections on global governance and transnational feminist movements in an era of infinite war 99
11 The social construction of gender 113
12 Boyhood, organized sports, and the construction of masculinities 120
13 Who's the fairest of them all? 137
14 The myth of the Latin woman : I just met a girl named Maria 142
15 He defies you still : the memoirs of a sissy 147
16 Growing up hidden 153
17 Beauty is the beast : psychological effects of the pursuit of the perfect female body 162
18 Yellow woman and a beauty of the spirit 173
19 "A way outa no way" : eating problems among African American, Latina, and white women 176
20 Just walk on by : a black man ponders his power to alter public space 191
21 Taking it 194
22 Do you remember me? 197
23 I'm not fat, I'm Latina 201
24 The tyranny of the esthetic : surgery's most intimate violation 203
25 For the white person who wants to know how to be my friend 215
26 You just don't understand : women and men in conversation 216
27 Real men don't cry ... and other "uncool" myths 221
28 The new momism 226
29 Claiming Jezebel : black female subjectivity and sexual expressions in hip-hop 239
30 The new girls network : women, technology, and feminism 248
31 Where are the women? : the strange case of the missing feminists. When was the last time you saw one on TV? 252
32 How men have (a) sex 264
33 The myth of the sexual athlete 274
34 Reproductive rights : a disability rights issue 279
35 The impact of multiple marginalization 285
36 Uses of the erotic : the erotic as power 293
37 The transformation of family life 304
38 Bloodmothers, othermothers, and women-centered networks 314
39 Dilemmas of involved fatherhood 321
40 Man child : a black lesbian feminist's response 331
41 I am a man 337
42 What is marriage for? 341
43 Missing in interaction 354
44 "What about the boys?" : what the current debates tell us - and don't tell us - about boys in school 361
45 Conflict within the Ivory Tower 376
46 Black and female : reflections on graduate school 388
47 The "success" of welfare reform 401
48 Sixty cents to a man's dollar 417
49 Why are there no male Asian anchormen on TV? 425
50 The effects of affirmative action on other stakeholders 430
51 "Global woman" 443
52 America's dirty work : migrant maids and modern-day slavery 453
53 The globetrotting sneaker 462
54 Women, violence, and resistance 478
55 The ultimate growth industry : trafficking in women and girls 491
56 Where race and gender meet : racism, hate crimes, and pornography 496
57 Homophobia in straight men 499
58 Stopping sexual harassment : a challenge for community education 501
59 How safe is America? 511
60 Wielding masculinity inside Abu Ghraib : making feminist sense of an American military scandal 514
61 Gender in a time of holy war : fundamentalist femiphobia and post-9/11 masculinity 524
62 Masculinities of men's health : moving toward post-superman era prevention 541
63 Health, social class and African-American women 559
64 Reproductive issues are essential survival issues for the Asian-American communities 575
65 Why the precautionary principle? : a meditation on polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and the breasts of mothers 578
66 Does silencio = muerte? : notes on translating the AIDS epidemic 582
67 To be poor and transgender 589
68 Statement of principles 598
69 The blow up ... a clash of realities 599
70 American Indian women : at the center of indigenous resistance in contemporary North America 605
71 Toward a new civic leadership : the Africana criminal justice project 613
72 Organizing for peace in Israel : why Israeli women want a peace movement of their own 621
73 Women's human rights : it's about time! 627
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