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A Reader, 4th Edition

By Michael S. Kimmel


336 pages

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Privilege is about more than being white, wealthy, and male, as Michael Kimmel, Abby Ferber, and a range of contributors make clear in this timely anthology. In an era when 'diversity' is too often shorthand for 'of color' and/or 'female' the personal and analytical essays in this collection explore the multifaceted nature of social location and consider how gender, class, race, sexual orientation, (dis)ability, and religion interact to create nuanced layers of privilege and oppression. The individual essays (taken together) guide students to a deep understanding of the dynamics of diversity and stratification, advantage, and power.

The fourth edition features thirteen new essays that help students understand the intersectional nature of privilege and oppression and has new introductory essays to contextualize the readings. These enhancements, plus the updated pedagogical features of discussion questions and activities at the end of each section, encourage students to examine their own beliefs, practices, and social location.

Table of Contents

Preface Introduction: Toward a Sociology of the Superordinate, by Michael S. Kimmel part one: seeing--and refusing to see--privilege 1 Tal Fortgang: Checking My Privilege 2 Charles Clymer: This Response to That Princeton Freshman Should Be Required Reading for White Males 3 Daniel Gastfriend: Reflections on Privilege: An Open Letter to Tal Fortgang 4 Peggy McIntosh: White Privilege and Male Privilege 5 Jessica Shea: The Invisible Crutch 6 Angelica S. Guitierrez and Miguel M. Unzueta: Are admissions decisions based on family ties fairer than those that consider race? Social dominance orientation and attitudes toward legacy vs. affirmative action policies 7 Juan Cole: Top Ten Differences between White Terrorists and Others 8 Bob Pease: Globalizing Privilege Discussion Questions and Activities, by Abby L. Ferber part two: understanding privilege 9 Allan Johnson: Privilege, Power, Difference, and Us 10 Michael A. Messner: Becoming 100 Percent Straight 11 Sonny Nordmarken: Becoming Ever More Monstrous: Feeling Gender In-Betweenness 12 Ashley "Woody" Doane: White-Blindness: The Dominant Group Experience 13 Diana Kendall: Class: Still Alive and Reproducing in the United States 14 Paul Kivel: The Everyday Impact of Christian Hegemony 15 Cara Liebowitz: Just Because It's Ableist Doesn't Mean It's Bad Discussion Questions and Activities, by Abby L. Ferber part three: intersections: the complicated reality 16 Michael Kimmel and Bethany Coston: Seeing Privilege Where It Isn't: Marginalized Masculinities and the Intersectionality of Privilege 17 Alan Berube: How Gay Stays White and What Kind of White It Stays 18 Kortney Ziegler: The Peculiarity of Black Trans Male Privilege 19 Seth Goren: Gay and Jewish 20 John Tehranian: The Middle Easterner as the Other Discussion Questions and Activities, by Abby L. Ferber part four: making new connections, moving forward 21 Carol Mukhopadhyay: Getting Rid of the Word "Caucasian" 22 M. E. Lee: "Maybe I'm Not Class Mobile; Maybe I'm Class Quee

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Michael S Kimmel

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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General