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Race, Gender, Sexuality, and Social Class

Race, Gender, Sexuality, and Social Class
Dimensions of Inequality and Identity

Third Edition
Edited by:

August 2019 | 720 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

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How do social statuses intersect to shape our identities and produce inequalities?  

In the updated Third Edition of this bestseller, Susan Ferguson has carefully selected readings that open readers’ eyes to the ways that social statuses shape our experiences and impact our life chances. Readers will hear from leading experts in the field about the many approaches used to understand this important and evolving subject. This anthology also gives readers the tools they need to enact social change that will lessen injustices in our society. Praised for the its intersectional approach, Race, Gender, Sexuality, and Social Class is organized around broad topics (Identity, Power and Privilege, Social Institutions, etc.), to underscore a key fundamental insight: race, class, gender, and sexuality do not exist in isolation; they often intersect with one another to produce social inequalities and form the bases of our identities in society. 

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Table of Contents by Theme/Topic
About the Editor
Lynn Weber
Chapter 1. Defining Contested Concepts
Matthew Desmond and Mustafa Emirbayer
Chapter 2. What Is Racial Domination?
Sara L. Crawley, Lara J. Foley, and Constance L. Shehan
Chapter 3. Creating a World of Dichotomy: Categorizing Sex and Gendering Cultural Messages
Susan Wendell
Chapter 4. The Social Construction of Disability
Gerda Lerner
Chapter 5. Rethinking the Paradigm: Class
Tukufu Zuberi
Chapter 6. Racial Domination and the Evolution of Racial Classification
David Scott FitzGerald and David Cook-Martín
Chapter 7. Culling the Masses: The Democratic Origins of Racist Immigration Policy in the Americas
Jonathan Ned Katz
Chapter 8. The Invention of Heterosexuality
Erik Olin Wright
Chapter 9. Foundations of Class Analysis: A Marxist Perspective
Joan Acker
Chapter 10. Is Capitalism Gendered and Racialized?
Evelyn Nakano Glenn
Chapter 11. The Social Construction and Institutionalization of Gender and Race: An Integrative Framework
Bonnie Thornton Dill and Ruth Enid Zambrana
Chapter 12. Critical Thinking About Inequality: An Emerging Lens
Momin Rahman
Chapter 13. Queer as Intersectionality: Theorizing Gay Muslim Identities
Subini Ancy Annamma, David J. Connor, and Beth A. Ferri
Chapter 14. Dis/ability Critical Race Studies (DisCrit): Theorizing at the Intersections of Race and Dis/ability
Hazel Rose Markus
Chapter 15. Who Am I? Race, Ethnicity, and Identity
Judith A. Howard and Ramira M. Alamilla
Chapter 16. Gender and Identity
Eva Marie Garroutte
Chapter 17. The Racial Formation of American Indians: Negotiating Legitimate Identities Within Tribal and Federal Law
Katherine Franke
Chapter 18. What Does a White Woman Look Like? Racing and Erasing in Law
Nilda Flores-González, Elizabeth Aranda, and Elizabeth Vaquera
Chapter 19. “Doing Race”: Latino Youth’s Identities and the Politics of Racial Exclusion
Debra Van Ausdale and Joe R. Feagin
Chapter 20. Using Racial and Ethnic Concepts: The Critical Case of Very Young Children
Julie Bettie
Chapter 21. Women Without Class: Chicas, Cholas, Trash, and the Presence/Absence of Class Identity
Amber Hollibaugh
Chapter 22. Queers Without Money: They Are Everywhere. But We Refuse to See Them
Carrie Yodanis
Chapter 23. The View From the Country Club: Wealthy Whites and the Matrix of Privilege
Jessica Holden Sherwood
Chapter 24. On the Limits of “Trans Enough”: Authenticating Trans Identity Narratives
Ellen Samuels
Chapter 25. My Body, My Closet: Invisible Disability and the Limits of Coming-Out Discourse
Anne R. Roschelle and Peter Kaufman
Chapter 26. Fitting In and Fighting Back: Stigma Management Strategies Among Homeless Kids
Nikki Khanna and Cathryn Johnson
Chapter 27. Passing as Black: Racial Identity Work Among Biracial Americans
Amir Marvasti and Karyn D. McKinney
Chapter 28. The Stigma of Brown Skin and “Foreign” Names
Carla Pfeffer
Chapter 29. “I Don’t Like Passing as a Straight Woman”: Queer Negotiations of Identity and Social Group Membership
Patricia Hill Collins
Chapter 30. It’s All in the Family: Intersections of Gender, Race, and Nation
Karen Pyke
Chapter 31. An Intersectional Approach to Resistance and Complicity: The Case of Racialized Desire Among Asian American Women
Doug Meyer
Chapter 32. The Home and the Street: Violence Against Queer People
Roslyn Arlin Mickelson
Chapter 33. How Tracking Undermines Race Equity in Desegregated Schools
Luis C. Moll and Richard Ruiz
Chapter 34. The Schooling of Latino Children
Peter Sacks
Chapter 35. Class Matters
Joan Acker
Chapter 36. Inequality Regimes: Gender, Class, and Race in Organizations
Marianne Bertrand and Sendhil Mullainathan
Chapter 37. Are Emily and Greg More Employable Than Lakisha and Jamal? A Field Experiment on Labor Market Discrimination
Pierrette Hondagneu-Sotelo
Chapter 38. Families on the Frontier: From Braceros in the Fields to Braceras in the Home
Janet R. Grochowski
Chapter 39. Social Determinants and Family Health
Ryan Blitstein
Chapter 40. Racism’s Hidden Toll
Keith Wailoo
Chapter 41. A Slow, Toxic Decline: Dialysis Patients, Technological Failure, and the Unfulfilled Promise of Health in America
Diana Kendall
Chapter 42. Framing Class, Vicarious Living, and Conspicuous Consumption
David R. Dietrich
Chapter 43. Avatars of Whiteness: Racial Expression in Video Game Characters
Amanda Hess
Chapter 44. Why Women Aren’t Welcome on the Internet
Hana E. Brown
Chapter 45. Race, Legality, and the Social Policy Consequences of Anti-immigration Mobilization
Michelle Alexander
Chapter 46. The New Jim Crow
Richard Lachmann
Chapter 47. The Roots of American Decline
Abby L. Ferber
Chapter 48. The Culture of Privilege: Color-Blindness, Postfeminism, and Christonormativity
Iris Marion Young
Chapter 49. Five Faces of Oppression
Ellis Cose
Chapter 50. Rage of the Privileged
Rosalind S. Chou and Joe R. Feagin
Chapter 51. The Many Costs of Anti-Asian Discrimination
Kari Marie Norgaard, Ron Reed, and J.M. Bacon
Chapter 52. How Environmental Decline Restructures Indigenous Gender Practices: What Happens to Karuk Masculinity When There Are No Fish?
Forrest Stuart and Ava Benezra
Chapter 53. Criminalized Masculinities: How Policing Shapes the Construction of Gender and Sexuality in Poor Black Communities
Beth A. Quinn
Chapter 54. Sexual Harassment and Masculinity: The Power and Meaning of “Girl Watching”
Floya Anthias
Chapter 55. The Intersections of Class, Gender, Sexuality, and Race: The Political Economy of Gendered Violence
Patricia Hill Collins
Chapter 56. Toward a New Vision: Race, Class, and Gender as Categories of Analysis and Connection
Paul Kivel
Chapter 57. How White People Can Serve as Allies to People of Color in the Struggle to End Racism
Jacqueline Johnson, Sharon Rush, and Joe Feagin
Chapter 58. Doing Anti-Racism: Toward an Egalitarian American Society
Jean Halley and Amy Eshleman
Chapter 59. It’s Getting Better: Queer Hope, Queer Courage
Meizhu Lui, Barbara J. Robles, Betsy Leondar-Wright, Rose Brewer, and Rebecca Adamson
Chapter 60. Policy Steps Toward Closing the Gap


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Key features


14 of the 60 readings in the Third Edition are included for the first time, reflecting some of the most compelling, relevant, and cutting-edge scholarship available, such as:

  • An excerpt from Culling the Masses: The Democratic Origins of Racist Immigration Policy in the Americas by David Scott FitzGerald and David Cook-Martín, winner of the 2017 Distinguished Scholarly Book Award from the American Sociological Association
  • Dis/ability Critical Race Studies (DisCrit): Theorizing at the Intersections of Race and Dis/ability by Subini Ancy Annamma, David J. Connor, and Beth A. Ferri
  • How Environmental Decline Restructures Indigenous Gender Practices: What Happens to Karuk Masculinity When There Are No Fish by Kari Marie Norgaard, Ron Reed, and J.M. Bacon
  • Criminalized Masculinities: How Policing Shapes the Construction of Gender and Sexuality in Poor Black Communities by Forrest Stuart and Ava Benezra
  • Fitting in and Fighting Back: Stigma Management Techniques Among Homeless Kids by Anne R. Roschelle and Peter Kaufman.  

KEY FEATURES:         

  • A collection of accessible readings from journals, ethnographies, and case studies expose students to a wide range of sources.
  • Reflects the movement in this field away from discrete categorical identities and toward a more intersectional understanding of power, privilege, and difference.       
  • 85% of the readings are taken from contemporary sources (15% from classical sources), making this one of the most current anthologies on the market.         
  • An alternative table of contents help scholars and teachers organize the diverse readings around particular topics or themes.        
  • Introductory essays at the beginning of each of the five parts introduce the major concepts and themes of that part. This essay also briefly introduces the readings and explains their pertinence.         
  • A brief headnote at the beginning of each reading introduces the reading, the author(s), and their affiliations. The headnote also provides historical context for the piece and gives information on the source of the reading.
  • Discussion questions appear at the end of each reading to help students review the main points and apply the reading.

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