Understanding Inequality / Edition 1

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This textbook anthology takes a fresh approach to the study of inequality, promoting a sharper understanding of the intersection of race, class, and gender. It helpfully encourages students to grapple with research articles, both quantitative and qualitative, while offering a readable array of provocative essays, many of them written by prominent scholars. The aim of the text is to give students a more solid, analytical foundation for understanding inequality, while exposing them to the key public debates in American society. Arrighi's lively introduction appeals to student interests and leads them smoothly toward a deeper understanding of the sociological research contained in the book.

Author Biography: Barabara A. Arrighi is associate professor of sociology at Northern Kentucky University.

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Editorial Reviews

Sociological Abstracts
The stimulating essays in this anthology offer new insights into the intersection of race, class, and gender, and provide students with the conceptual tools needed to wrestle with the realities of structured inequality.
Hispanic Outlook
This textbook anthology takes a fresh approach to the study of inequality, promoting a sharper understanding of the intersection of race, class, and gender. It aims to give students a solid and analytical foundation for understanding inequality while exposing them to key debates in American Society.
Bimonthly Review Of Law Books
A comprehensive and timely text presenting traditional notions and emerging ideas on race/ethnicity, class, and gender. Most importantly, in examining its topics, it does not exclude the white males from its discussion, as many readers of its type do. This work would be an excellent text for any undergraduate courses in Law or Law and Policy. Students will be able to grasp the intersection of race/ethnicity, class and gender, and their legal implications. They will discover the ways in which laws and policies are devised to favor those in power, whole simultaneously oppressing those for whom laws and policies are supposed to protect.
Ethnic and Racial Studies
The book's strength lies in the diversity of the extras which should provide undergraduate students with a strong sense of the dimensions of inequality.
Keith A. Roberts
This is a rich collection of very readable essays that explores a range of gender, ethnicity, race, class, and age issues. It is also deliberative in including material on white males, a group that is often neglected in such readers. Rather than blaming, stigmatizing or instilling guilt in any group as the oppressor, this collection focuses on broad-ranging systemic causes of inequality—and the consequences for all of us. Arrighi's introduction at the outset provides excellent advice to students regarding how to read these essays critically, then the essays are left to stand on their own. The hand of a fine teacher is at work in the compilation and presentation of this anthology.
Pierrette Hondagneu-Sotelo
Combining classic writings with some of the best new work on the intersectionalities of race, class, and gender, this anthology offers insights and illustrations of how inequalities in the United States are maintained and reproduced. Understanding Inequality should prompt scholars and students to think about future possibilities for conceptual innovations and expanded notions of social justice.
George P. Mason
This excellent book is a necessary compliment for studies in social inequality. It is applicable to all—not just those facing injustice. Understanding Inequality is strongly compelling to my students and it stimulates their critical thinking skills and helps them to question existing social relationships.
Teaching Sociology
The book certainly is intended for social stratification classes. Students who read Understanding Inequality will have the benefit of comprehending the multiple dimensions of social stratification. Where most textbooks on inequality limit themselves to class analysis, Arrighi's anthology exposes us to both economic and non-economic facets of inequality. However, the book's worth is not limited to this. It can be used in theory, gender, race and ethnic classes.
...the anthology is iw worth considering for adoption. The editor needs to be praised for the hard work that she has put towards selecting relevant articles and for writing an excellent introduction and editorial notes.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780847699155
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/28/2001
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 392
  • Product dimensions: 0.87 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 6.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Barabara A. Arrighi is associate professor of sociology at Northern Kentucky University.
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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Preface Chapter 2 Introduction Part 3 Helpful Conceptual Tools Chapter 4 Mysterious Power of Social Structures Chapter 5 They Are All the Same, but Each Member of My Group is Unique Part 6 Embedded Ideology: Racism/Ethnocentrism and Sexism Chapter 7 Divining our Racial Themes Chapter 8 Black Women and Feminism Chapter 9 Cowboys and Arabs Chapter 10 What's in a Name: Confessions of a Mafia Princess Part 11 TheOther Wears Many Faces Chapter 12 Diversity and its Discontents Chapter 13 Coping with the Alienation of White Male Students Chapter 14 The Second Sex Part 15 Structured Inequality Part I: The Invisible Iron Cage of Class Chapter 16 Masculinities and Athletic Careers Chapter 17 The Double-Bind of the Working-Class Feminist Academic: The Success of Failure or the Failure of Success Chapter 18 (In)Secure Times: Contructing White Working-Class Masculinites in the Late 20th Century Part 19 Structured Inequality Part II: Race/Ethnicity Chapter 20 Are Men Marginal to the Family?: Insights from Chicago's Inner City Chapter 21 Policing the Ghetto Underclass: The Politics of Law and Law Enforcement Chapter 22 Near Detroit, a Familiar Sting in Being a Black Driver Chapter 23 America's Iron Curtain: The Border Patrol State Chapter 24 The Heartland's Raw Deal: How Meatpacking is Creating a New Immigrant Underclass Part 25 Structured Inequality Part III Chapter 26 Bodies that Matter: On the Discoursive Limits of Sex Chapter 27 Believing is Seeing: Biology as Ideology Chapter 28 Towards Safer Societies: Punishment, Masculinities, and Violence Chapter 29 TomboysYes, Janegirls No Chapter 30 Hormonal Hurricanes: Menstruation and Female Behavior Part 31 Corporate Gatekeeping: Fitting In Chapter 32 Talking From 9 to 5: How Women's and Men's Conversational Styles Affect Who Gets Heard, Who Gets Credit, and What Gets Done Chapter 33 Women in the Power Elite Chapter 34 Women above the Glass Ceiling: Perceptions on Corporate Mobility and Strategies for Success Chapter 35 What Do Men Want? Part 36 Women's Equality: Progress and Resistance Chapter 37 Women against Women: American Anti-Suffragism, 1880-1920 Chapter 38 Where the Girls Are: Growing Up Female with the Mass Media Chapter 39 Mating, Marriage, and the Marketplace: A Survey of College Student Attitudes and Expectations Part 40 Aging: Devalued Womenand Men Chapter 41 Jane Fonda, Barbra Bush, and other Aging Bodies: Femininity and the Limits of Resistance Chapter 42 The Aging Woman in Popular Film: Underrepresented, Unattractive, Unfriendly, and Unintelligent Chapter 43 Older Men as Invisible Men in Contemporary Society Part 44 The Price of Deviance Chapter 45 The Unruly Woman: Gender and the Genres of Laughter Chapter 46 Too Old, Too Ugly, and not Deferential to Men Chapter 47 When an Anchor's Face is not Her Fortune Chapter 48 Black Man with a Nose Job: How We Defend Ethnic Beauty in America Part 49 Patriarchy and Its Consequences Chapter 50 The Subjection of Women Chapter 51 Real Rape Chapter 52 Clarence Thomas, Patriarchal Discourse, and Public/Private Spheres Part 53 Equality and the Millennium: The Crisis in Education Has Consequences for theIsms Chapter 54 Downsizing Higher Education: Confronting the New Realities of the High Tech Information Age Global Economy Chapter 55 Epilogue Chapter 56 Acknowledgements
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