Understanding Inequality / Edition 2

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As the age of globalization and New Media unite disparate groups of people in new ways, the continual transformation and interconnections between ethnicity, class, and gender become increasingly complex. This reader, comprised of a diverse array of sources ranging from the New York Times to the journals of leading research universities, explores these issues as systems of stratification that work to reinforce one another. Understanding Inequality provides students and academics with the basic hermeneutics for considering new thought on ethnicity, class, and gender in the 21st century.

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Editorial Reviews

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.
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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742546790
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/1/2007
  • Edition description: 2ND
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 396
  • Sales rank: 767,041
  • Product dimensions: 0.88 (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

Part 1 Helpful Conceptual Tools Chapter 1 Mysterious Power of Social Structures Chapter 2 "They" Are All the Same, but Each Member of My Group is Unique Part 2 Embedded Ideology: Racism/Ethnocentrism and Sexism Part 3 The Other Wears Many Faces Chapter 3 Black Women and Feminism Chapter 4 Divining Our Racial Themes Part 4 Structured Inequality-The Invisible Iron Cage of Class Chapter 5 Size 6: The Western Women's Harem Part 5 Structured Inequality-Race/Ethnicity Chapter 6 Diversity and Its Discontents Part 6 Structured Inequality-Acquiring Gender Chapter 7 Arturo Madrid Part 7 Corporate Gatekeeping: Fitting In Chapter 8 The Second Sex Part 8 Women's Equality: Progress and Resistance Part 9 The Price of Deviance Chapter 9 The Double-Bind of the "Working-Class" Feminist Academic Chapter 10 (In) Secure Times: Constructing White Working-Class Masculinities in The Late Twentieth Century Part 10 Patriarchy and Its Consequences Chapter 11 A Black Women Took My Job Part 11 The Crisis in Education Has Consequences for the "Isms" Chapter 12 Are Men Marginal to the Family? Insights from Chicago's Inner City Chapter 13 Policing the Ghetto Underclass: The Politics of Law Chapter 14 America's Iron Curtain: The Border Patrol State Chapter 15 The Heartland's Raw Deal: How Meatpacking is Creating a New Immigrant Underclass Chapter 16 Bodies that Matter: On the Discursive Limits of "Sex" Chapter 17 Believing Is Seeing: Biology as Ideology Chapter 18 Towards Safer Societies: Punishment, Masculinities, and Violence Against Women Chapter 19 Tomboys Yes, Janegirls Never Chapter 20 Hormonal Hurricanes: Menstruation and Female Behavior Chapter 21 Talking from 9 to 5: How Women's and Men's Conversational Styles Affect Who Gets Heard, Who Gets Credit, and What Gets Done at Work Chapter 22 Women in the Power Elite Chapter 23 Women above the Glass Ceiling: Perceptions on Corporate Mobility and Strategies for Success Chapter 24 Invisible Women Chapter 25 Women against Women: American Anti-Suffragism, 1880-1920 Chapter 26 Where the Girls Are: Growing Up Female with the Mass Media Chapter 27 Mating, Marriage, and the Marketplace: A Survey of College Students' Attitudes and Expectations Chapter 28 The Unruly Woman: Gender and the Genres of Laughter Chapter 29 Black Man with a Nose Job: How We Defend Ethnic Beauty Chapter 30 Hitting Bottom: Homelessness, Poverty, and Masculinity Chapter 31 Older Men as Invisible Men in Contemporary Society Chapter 32 The Subjection of Women Chapter 33 Real Rape Chapter 34 Clarence Thomas, Patriarchal Discourse, and Public/Private Spheres Chapter 35 How Harvard Helped Curb Title IX's Role In Admitting Women Chapter 36 Downsizing Higher Education: Confronting the New Realities of the High-Tech Information Age Global Economy

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