Readings for Diversity and Social Justice: 4th Edition (Paperback) book cover

Readings for Diversity and Social Justice

4th Edition

Edited by Maurianne Adams, Warren J. Blumenfeld, D. Chase J. Catalano, Keri Dejong, Heather W. Hackman, Larissa E. Hopkins, Barbara Love, Madeline L. Peters, Davey Shlasko, Ximena Zuniga


664 pages

Companion Website
Purchasing Options:$ = USD
Paperback: 9781138055285
pub: 2018-03-22
SAVE ~$13.39
Hardback: 9781138055278
pub: 2018-03-26
SAVE ~$32.00

FREE Standard Shipping!


For nearly 20 years, Readings for Diversity and Social Justice has been the trusted, leading anthology to cover a wide range of social oppressions from a social justice standpoint. With full sections dedicated to racism, religious oppression, classism, ableism, youth and elder oppression, as well as an integrative section dedicated to sexism, heterosexism, and transgender oppression, this bestselling text goes far beyond the range of traditional readers. New essay selections in each section of this fourth edition have been carefully chosen to keep topic coverage timely and readings accessible and engaging for students. The interactions among these topics are highlighted throughout to stress the interconnections among oppressions in everyday life. A Table of Intersections leads you to selections not in the section dedicated to an issue.

Retaining the key features and organization that has made Readings for Diversity and Social Justice an indispensable text for teaching issues of social justice while simultaneously updating and expanding its coverage, this new edition features:

  • Over 40 new selections considering current topics and events such as the Black Lives Matter movement, workplace immigration raids, gentrification, wealth inequality, the disability rights of prisoners and inmates, and the Keystone XL pipeline protests.
  • An updated companion website with additional resources and short classroom-friendly videos that further complement the readings in each section.
  • A holistic approach to sexism, gay, lesbian, trans and gender-queer oppression that challenges widely-held assumptions about the usual practice of separating analyses of sex and gender binaries.
  • A more optimistic focus on the role of social justice at all levels of society, whether personal, institutional local, or global, and the intersections among them.

Offering over 140 selections from some of the foremost scholars in a wide range of fields, Readings for Diversity and Social Justice is the indispensable volume for every student, teacher, and social justice advocate.

Table of Contents

Table of Intersections


Readings for Diversity and Social Justice: A General Introduction

Section 1: Getting Started: Core Concepts for Social Justice Education


Maurianne Adams

1 The Complexity of Identity: "Who Am I?"

Beverly Daniel Tatum

2 Identities and Social Locations: Who Am I? Who Are My People

Gwyn Kirk and Margo Okazawa-Rey

3 The Social Construction of Difference

Allan G. Johnson

4 Microaggressions, Marginality, and Oppression: An Introduction

Derald Wing Sue

5 The Cycle of Socialization

Bobbie Harro

6 Theoretical Foundations

Lee Anne Bell

Core Concepts for Social Justice Education

Maurianne Adams and Ximena Zúñiga

7 Five Faces of Oppression

Iris Marion Young

8 Intersectionality Revisited

Patricia Hill Collins and Sirma Bilge

Section 2: Racism


Mike Funk, Rani Varghese, and Ximena Zúñiga


9 Defining Racism: ‘Can We Talk?’

Beverly Daniels Tatum

10 A Different Mirror

Ronald Takaki

11 This Land

Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz

12 The Possessive Investment in Whiteness

George Lipsitz

13 Heteropatriarchy and the Three Pillars of White Supremacy: Rethinking Women of Color Organizing

Andrea Smith

14 La consciencia de la mestiza: Toward a New Consciousness

Gloria Anzaldua

15 Patrolling Racial Borders: Discrimination Against Mixed Race People

Heather Dalmage

16 Selected Reports

National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights


17 Finding My Eye-dentity

Olivia Chung

18 Identification Pleas

Eric Gansworth

19 American Hijab: Why My Scarf Is A Sociopolitical Statement, Not A Symbol Of My Religiosity

Mariam Gomaa

20 My Tongue is Divided into Two

Quique Aviles

21 Letter to My Son

Ta-Nehisi Coates

22 My Class Didn’t Trump My Race: Using Oppression to Face Privilege

Robin J. DiAngelo

Next Steps

23 Women, Race, and Racism: A Dialogue in Black and White

Andrea Ayvazian and Beverly Daniel Tatum

24 Forging El Mundo Zurdo: Changing Ourselves, Changing the World

AnaLouise Keating

25 The Personal Is Political

Richard (Chip) Smith

Section 3: Classism


Maurianne Adams, Larissa E. Hopkins, and Davey Shlasko


26 Class in America

Gregory Mantsios

27 Class Dismissed

Laura Smith and Rebecca M. Redington

28 Race, Wealth, and Equality

Melvin L. Oliver and Thomas M. Shapiro

29 What's Debt Got to Do with It?

Brett Williams

30 At the Elite Colleges

Peter Schmidt

31 Is the Near-Trillion-Dollar Student Loan Bubble About to Pop?

Sarah Jaffe

32 Students with Disabilities: Financial Aid Policy Issues

Thomas R. Wolanin

33 "Free" Labor: Past and Present Forms of Prison Labor

Whitney Benns

34 Wealth Inequality

Pew Research Center


35 Bonds of Sisterhood—Bonds of Oppression

Mary Romero

36 White Poverty: The Politics of Invisibility

bell hooks

37 The Laws That Sex Workers Really Want (TED Talk)

Juno Mac

38 Born on Third Base

Chuck Collins

39 Gentrification Will Drive My Uncle Out of His Neighborhood, and I Will Have Helped

Eric Rodriguez

Next Steps

40 How Occupy Wall Street Changes Everything

Sarah van Gelder

41 "Classism from Our Mouths" and "Tips from Working-Class Activists"

Betsy Leondar-Wright

42 Deep Thoughts about Class Privilege

Karen Pittelman and Resource Generation

43 Home Economics: The Invisible and Unregulated World of Domestic Work

National Domestic Workers Alliance

44 Charts from United for a Fair Economy

Section 4: Religious Oppression


Maurianne Adams and Christopher MacDonald-Dennis


45 America’s Changing Religious Landscape

Pew Research Center

46 Examples of Christian Privilege

Sam Killerman

47 Christian Privilege and the Promotion of "Secular" and Not-So "Secular" Mainline Christianity in Public Schooling and in the Larger Society

Warren J. Blumenfeld

48 Racing Religion

Moustafa Bayoumi

49 Precedents: The Destruction of the European Jews

Raul Hilberg

50 Maps—History of Anti-Semitism

Sir Martin Gilbert

51 "Working it Out" and "See You in Court"

Diana Eck

52 Native American Religious Liberty: Five Hundred Years After Columbus

Walter R. Echo-Hawk

53 Religious Freedom Advocates Are Divided over How to Address LGBT Rights

Kelsey Dallas

54 From Pearl Harbor to 9/11: Lessons from the Internment of Japanese American Buddhists

Duncan Ryûken Williams

55 A Somali Influx Unsettles Latino Meatpackers

Kirk Semple


56 Jews in the U.S.: Rising Costs of Whiteness

Melanie Kaye/Kantrowitz

57 Oral History of Adam Fattah

Amna Ahmad

Oral History of Hagar Omran

Hoda Zawam

58 Modesto-Area Athiests Speak Up, Seek Tolerance

Sue Nowicki

59 Why Are You Atheists So Angry?

Greta Christina

Next Steps

60 Creating Identity-Safe Spaces on College Campuses for Muslim Students

Na’ilah Suad Nasir, Jasiyah Al-Amin

61 Guidelines for Christian Allies

Paul Kivel

62 Critical Reflections on the Interfaith Movement: A Social Justice Perspective

Sachi Edwards

Section 5: Sexism, Heterosexism, and Trans* Oppression


D. Chase J. Catalano, Warren J. Blumenfeld, and Heather W. Hackman


63 "Night to His Day": The Social Construction of Gender

Judith Lorber

64 Feminism: A Movement to End Sexist Oppression

bell hooks

65 Patriarchy, the System: An It, Not a He, a Them, Or an Us

Allan G. Johnson

66 Privilege

Devon W. Carbado

67 He Works, She Works, But What Different Impressions They Make

Gwyn Kirk and Margo Okazawa-Rey

68 Generation LGBTQIA

Michael Schulman

69 Women & LGBT People Under Attack: 1930s & Now

Warren J. Blumenfeld

70 Masculinity as Homophobia: Fear, Shame, and Silence in the Construction of Gender Identity

Michael S. Kimmel

71 Overcompensation Nation: It’s Time to Admit That Toxic Masculinity Drives Gun Violence

Amanda Marcotte

72 Introduction—How Sex Changed: A History of Transsexuality in the United States

Joanne Meyerowitz

73 The InterSEXion: A Vision for a Queer Progressive Agenda

Deepali Gokhale

74 Transmisogyny 101: What It Is and What Can We Do About It

Laura Kacere

75 Pansexual Visibility & Undoing Heteronormativity

Cameron Airen

76 Transgender Liberation

Susan Stryker

77 The Impact of Juvenile Court on Queer and Trans/Gender-Non-Conforming Youth

Wesley Ware

78 Feminism and Abolition: Theories and Practices for the Twenty-First Century

Angela Y. Davis


79 Bones

Lindy West

80 Men Explain Things to Me

Rebecca Solnit

81 Mutilating Gender

Dean Spade

82 Violence Against Women is a Men’s Issue

Jackson Katz

83 Trans Woman Manifesto

Julia Serano

84 Real Men and Pink Suits

Charles M. Blow

85 Mestiza/o Gender: Notes Towards a Transformative Masculinity

Daniel E. Solis y Martinez

86 Look! No, Don’t! The Invisibility Dilemma for Transsexual Men

Jamison Green

87 My Life as an Out Gay Person in Russia

Masha Gessen

Next Steps

88 Grassroots: Introduction

Winona LaDuke

89 National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health (NLIRH) Statement on Healthcare for All

National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health

90 Becoming an Ally: A New Examination

Nancy J. Evans and Jaime Washington

91 Transgender Day of Remembrance: A Day to Honor the Dead and the Living

Shelby Chestnut

92 Unbowed: A Memoir

Wangari Maathai

93 Calling All Restroom Revolutionaries!

Simone Chess, Alisson Kafer, Jessi Quizar, and Mattie Udora Richardson

94 Why I Marched on Washington—With Zero Reservations

Rinku Sen

95 Getting to Why: Reflections on Accountability and Action for Men in Gender Justice Movements

Jamie Utt

Section 6: Ableism


Benjamin Ostiguy-Finneran and Madeline L. Peters


96 Struggle for Freedom: Disability Rights Movements

Willie V. Bryan

97 Immigration, Ethnicity, and the Ugly Law

Susan M. Schweik

98 Disability Does Not Discriminate: Toward a Theory of Multiple Identity Through Coalition

Zanita E. Fenton

99 Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Leaves Scars "on the Inside," Iraq Veteran Says

Edward D. Murphy

100 Disability in the New World Order

Nirmala Erevelles

101 Disabled Behind Bars

Rebecca Vallas

102 The Silent Victims: Inmates with Learning Disabilities

Douglas P. Wilson

103 Go to the Margins of the Class: Disability and Hate Crimes

Lennard J. Davis

104 Why the Intersexed Shouldn’t Be Fixed: Insights from Queer Theory and Disability Studies

Sumi Colligan

105 Students with Disabilities Frustrated with Ignorance and Lack of Services

Allie Grasgreen


106 Understanding Deafness: Not Everyone Wants to Be "Fixed"

Allegra Ringo

107 How to Curse in Sign Language

Ashley and Deborah

108 On the Spectrum, Looking Out

Jess Watsky

109 What I’d Tell That Doctor

Jason Kingsley

Next Steps

110 Toward Ending Ableism in Education

Thomas Hehir

111 Facilitating Transitions to College for Students with Disabilities from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Backgrounds

Heather A. Oesterreich and Michelle G. Knight

112 Increasing Awareness: Language, Communication Strategies, and Universally Designed Environments

Karen A. Myers, Jaci Jenkins Lindburg, and Danielle M. Nied

113 Learning Disability Identity Development and Social Construct: A Two-Tiered Approach

Cheryl L. Howland and Eva Gibavic

114 Creating a Fragrance-Free Zone: A Friendly Atmosphere for People Living with Environmental Illness

Invisible Disabilities Advocate

115 Recognizing Ableist Beliefs and Practices and Taking Action as an Ally

Madeline L. Peters, Carmelita (Rosie) Castañeda, Larissa E. Hopkins, and Aquila McCants

Section 7: Youth Oppression and Elder Oppression


Keri "Safire" DeJong and Barbara J. Love


116 Understanding Adultism: A Key to Developing Positive Youth-Adult Relationships

John Bell

117 Terrorizing School Children in the American Police State

Henry A. Giroux

118 Police Make Life Hell for Youth of Color

Kathy Durkin

119 Ageism: Another Form of Bigotry

Robert N. Butler

120 Ageing with Disabilities: Ageism and More

Debra J. Sheets

121 Black Elderly

Center on Aging Studies, University of Missouri—Kansas City


122 From Keystone XL Pipeline to #DAPL: Jasilyn Charger, Water Protector from Cheyenne River Reservation

Amy Goodman and Jasilyn Charger

123 Elders Liberation Draft Policy Statement

Marge Larabee

124 People of Color Over Fifty

Dottie Curry

Next Steps

125 An Immediate End to the Criminalization and Dehumanization of Black Youth Across All Areas of Society Including, but Not Limited to, Our Nation’s Justice and Education Systems, Social Service Agencies, Media, and Pop Culture

Thena Robinson Mock, Ruth Jeannoel, Rachel Gilmer, Chelsea Fuller, Marbre Stahly Butts

126 Allies to Young People: Tips and Guidelines on How to Assist Young People to Organize

Jenny Sazama with help from teens in Boston

127 Taking a Stand Against Ageism at all Ages: A Powerful Coalition

Margaret M. Gullette

128 What Allies of Elders Can Do

Patricia Markee

129 Youth Oppression as a Technology of Colonialism: Conceptual Frameworks and Possibilities for Social Justice Education Praxis

Keri DeJong and Barbara J. Love

Section 8: Working for Social Justice: Visions and Strategies for Change


Ximena Zúñiga


130 Reflections on Liberation

Suzanne Pharr

131 Developing a Liberatory Consciousness

Barbara J. Love

132 Toward a New Vision: Race, Class, and Gender

Patricia Hill Collins

133 What Can We Do?

Allan G. Johnson

134 The Cycle of Liberation

Bobbie Harro


135 Courage

Cornel West

136 Allies

Gloria Anzaldúa

Next Steps

137 Social Struggle

Richard (Chip) Smith

138 Intergroup Dialogue: Critical Conversations about Difference and Social Justice

Ximena Zúñiga, Gretchen E. Lopez, and Kristie A. Ford

139 Decolonizing Theory, Practicing Solidarity

Chandra Talpade Mohanty

140 The Renaissance of Student Activism

Alia Wong

Permissions Acknowledgements and Citations

About the Contributors


About the Editors

Maurianne Adams is Professor Emerita, Social Justice in Education Program at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Her previous works include another of our bestselling textbooks Teaching for Diversity and Social Justice, 2nd Edition (4/07). She is also editor of the Routledge journal Education and Equity.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Multicultural Education