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4th Edition

A Reader

ISBN 9780813350035
Published August 2, 2016 by Routledge
336 Pages

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Book Description

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

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 Queer"
23 Abby Ferber: We Aren't Just Color-blind, We Are Oppression-blind!
24 Patricia Hill Collins: Toward a New Vision: Race, Class, and Gender as Categories of Analysis and Connection 25 Mark R. Warren: Winning Hearts and Minds
26 Caitlin Deen Fair: An Open Letter to White "Allies" from a White Friend
Discussion Questions and Activities, by Abby L. Ferber


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Michael S. Kimmel is Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Gender Studies at Stony Brook University where he directs the Center for the Study of Men and Masculinities. His books include Men’s Lives and Manhood: A Cultural History. He is the founder and editor of Men and Masculinities, the field’s premier scholarly journal.

Abby L. Ferber is Professor of Sociology and Associate Director of the Matrix Center for the Advancement of Social Equity and Inclusion at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. Her books include White Man Falling: Race, Gender, and White Supremacy, and The New Basics: Sex, Gender and Sexuality. She is also co-organizer of the national White Privilege Conference and the Knapsack Institute, and editor of the journal, Understanding and Dismantling Privilege.


Praise for the last edition:

This is a superb collection of work at the vanguard of a resurgent interest in how privilege works across a wide range of human experience. Kimmel and Ferber have skillfully knit together a coherent picture of otherwise unexamined and under-theorized connections in a dauntingly vast and fragmented literature. Troy Duster, New York University

This excellent anthology forcefully illustrates how bigotry based on ethnic, racial, gender, and sexual stereotyping confines and blights the lives of those deemed inferior. I’d like to see this book assigned in every college campus in the country. Marti Duberman, City University of New York

Finally a book on how the other half (or less) lives, and how their status, power and way of life is related to the debasing and suffering of others. This volume will start to bring some semblance of balance to the study of inequality and injustice in the United States. Pedro Noguera, Harvard University