Sociologists in Action on Inequalities: Race, Class, Gender, and Sexuality

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Sociologists in Action on Inequalities: Race, Class, Gender, and Sexuality, by Shelley K. White, Jonathan M. White, and Kathleen Korgen, is a brief anthology of original readings that are perfect for Race and Ethnicity; Race, Class, and Gender; Introduction to Sociology; Social Problems; Social Inequality; Senior Capstone and other courses taught through the central lens of diversity. Like its companion Sociologists in Action volume, on social change and social justice, this collection brings together dozens of accounts of sociologists who are using their sociology to make a positive impact on society. Each of the 30 selections describe, through firsthand experience, how sociology can be used to address enduring problems of prejudice and discrimination based on race, nationality, class, gender, and sexuality. Discussion questions and suggested readings and resources at the end of every chapter will provide students with opportunities to delve further into the topics covered and help create full and nuanced discussions, grounded in the "real world" work of public and applied sociologists.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781452242026
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 5/27/2014
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 819,044
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Shelley K. White, Ph D, MPH, is a sociologist and Assistant Professor of Health Sciences and Public Health at Worcester State University. She recently taught in the Sociology Department at Simmons College, where she also coordinated the Simmons World Challenge - an interdisciplinary, student-led learning program which creates actionable solutions to global social justice problems. Shelley’s teaching and research focus on health and illness, globalization and development, inequalities, social movements and social justice. She previously worked in HIV/AIDS policy globally and domestically, and serves on the board of directors of Free the Children and Soc Med. She is co-editor of Sociologists in Action: Sociology, Social Change, and Social Justice (with Kathleen Odell Korgen and Jonathan White), (2nd Edition, Sage 2013) and her recent publications appear in the Journal of Human Rights Practice; Education, Citizenship and Social Justice; Public Health Reports; and Critical Public Health.

Jonathan M. White, Ph D, is director of the Bentley Service Learning Center and associate professor of sociology at Bentley University in Massachusetts. His primary areas of specialization are inequality, poverty, globalization, human rights, and public sociology. Dr. White has received numerous teaching and humanitarian awards. He is the founding director of Sports for Hunger, the Hunger Resource Center, and the Halloween for Hunger, We are Silent, and Pass-the-Fast campaigns. He serves on the board of directors for Free The Children, Peace Through Youth, Me to We, and the Graduation Pledge Alliance. Dr. White has authored several articles in the fields of inequality and globalization. His work on public sociology includes coediting (with Kathleen Korgen and Shelley White) Sociologists in Action: Sociology, Social Change, and Social Justice (2014) and Sociologists in Action on Inequalities: Race, Class, Gender, and Sexuality (2015). He is also currently writing a book titled Hungry to Be Heard: Voices From a Malnourished America. Dr. White lives in Waltham, Massachusetts, with his wife, Shelley, and is the very proud uncle of his 13 nieces and nephews, Jarred, Kyle, Tyler, Arielle, Cameron, Brianna, Mikayla, Joshua, Jack, Logan, Tyler, Joey, and Brookelyn.

Kathleen Odell Korgen, Ph D, is a professor of sociology at William Paterson University in Wayne, New Jersey. Her primary areas of specialization are race relations, racial identity, and public sociology. Professor Korgen’s work on public sociology includes coediting (with Jonathan White and Shelley White) Sociologists in Action: Sociology, Social Change, and Social Justice (2014) and Sociologists in Action on Inequalities: Race, Class, Gender, and Sexuality (2015). She has written or edited the following books on race relations and racial identity: Race Policy and Multiracial Americans (forthcoming), Multiracial Americans and Social Class (2010), Crossing the Racial Divide: Close Friendships Between Black and White Americans (2002), and From Black to Biracial: Transforming Racial Identity Among Americans (1999). Professor Korgen works as a consultant for other sociology departments as a member of the American Sociological Association Departmental Resources Group. She has received William Paterson University’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship/Creative Expression and the university’s Award for Excellence in Teaching.

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Table of Contents

1. Race
Amplifying the Youth Voice of the Food Justice Movement with Film: Action Media Projects and Participatory Media Production - Michael Cermak
Place and Race: Cultural Democracy and Reclaiming Public Space - Diane Grams
Social Movements in Action: Combating Environmental Racism on a Native American Reservation - Brandon Hofstedt
When Resilience is Not Enough: Recovery, Privilege, and Hurricane Katrina - Pamela Jenkins
Living the DREAM: Race, Privilege, and DREAMs of a Brighter Future - Joshua Warren
Bridging the Campus and the Community: Blogging about the Asian American Experience - C.N. Le
Discussion Questions
2. Class
Confronting Slavery with the Tools of Sociology - Kevin Bales
From Magazine Publishing to Homelessness, From Public Housing Research to Congressional Testimony - Deirdre Oakley
An Accidental Activist: My Stumble Upon Sociology - Bria Wilbur
Putting a New Theory of Philanthropy Into Practice: Challenges and Opportunities - Susan A. Ostrander
Localizing International Human Rights: Engaging with the World Social Forum Process - Jackie Smith
Housing and HIV/AIDS: A Tale of Academic, Provider, Advocacy, and Public Policy Collaboration - Angela Aidala
Discussion Questions
3. Gender
Breast Cancer Activism: Learning to Write Collaboratively for Social Change - Amy Lubitow
Honor Killings: Murder of Mores, Mores of Murder - Mazhar Bagli
Speaking Out for Social Justice: Sociology and Cultural Transformation - Brian Klocke
On Becoming a Public Sociologist: Amplifying Women’s Voices in the Quest for Environmental Justice - Tracy Perkins
Talking the Talk and Walking the Walk: Linking Research and Action on Domestic Violence - Margaret Abraham
Transforming Rape Culture on a College Campus: Using Peer Advocacy for Social Change - Linda Olson
Discussion Questions
4. Sexuality
Being an Academic Ally: Gender Justice for Sex Workers - Crystal A. Jackson
Disrupting a Narrative: Developing a New Discourse of Empowerment for LGBT People of Color - Juan Battle and Antonio (Jay) Pastrana
Indian Blood: Two-Spirit Cultural Dissolution, Mixed-Race Identity, and Sexuality—-A Journey of Return - Andrew Jolivette
Sex Work and Sex Trafficking: Influencing State Policy on a Complex Social Issue - Jennifer J. Reed
From Damaged Goods to Empowered Patients - Adina Nack
Discussion Questions
5. Intersections
Social Movements and Activist Sociology - Charles Derber
How Refugee Girls Change the World (and How You Can Too) - Laura Boutwell
Becoming a Sociologist in Action through Theory and Practice: A Personal Journey - Nancy Mezey
Using Sociology to Increase Citizen Participation in a Medium-Sized Midwestern City - Michael Stout
Knowledgeable Power and Powerful Knowledge: Research and Organizing for Educational and Social Justice - Mark R. Warren
Learning from Each Other’s Struggles - Laurence Cox
Taking it to the Streets: Addressing Inequalities through the Human Rights Cities Movement - Shelley K. White and Dottie Stevens
Discussion Questions
About the Editors

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