Summary: The Meaning of Difference focuses on the social construction of difference as it operates in American formulations of race and ethnicity, sex and gender, social class, sexual orientation, and disability. The conceptual structure of this text-reader comes from four framework essays addressing the construction of difference, the experience of difference, the social meaning of difference, and social action that might bridge differences. Each framework essay is followed
by a set of readings selected for readability, conceptual depth, and applicability to a variety of statuses. Boxed inserts throughout offer first-person accounts from real people, many of them students. This edition features an expanded focus on disability and 29 new readings, including articles on how immigration is transforming the nature of American race and ethnic categories, the changing shape of higher education, and the experience of Americans of Middle-Eastern descent.
Summary: The Meaning of Difference focuses on the social construction of difference as it operates in American formulations of race and ethnicity, sex and gender, social class, sexual orientation, and disability. The conceptual structure of this text-reader comes from four framework essays addressing the construction of difference, the experience of difference, the social meaning of difference, and social action that might bridge differences. Each framework essay is followed by a set of readings selected for readability, conceptual depth, and applicability to a variety of statuses. Boxed inserts throughout offer first-person accounts from real people, many of them students. This edition features an expanded focus on disability and 29 new readings, including articles on how immigration is transforming the nature of American race and ethnic categories, the changing shape of higher education, and the experience of Americans of Middle-Eastern descent. ...show less
Edition/Copyright:5TH 08 Cover: Paperback Publisher:McGraw-Hill Publishing Company Published: 01/31/2008 International: No
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** Indicates new reading SECTION I Framework Essay: CONSTRUCTING CATEGORIES OF DIFFERENCE What is Race? 1. "Race" and the Construction of Human Identity, Audrey Smedley (from the American Anthropologist)** 2. Who Is Black? One Nation's Definition, F. James Davis 3. The Evolution of Identity, Washington Post Federal Page 4. Real Indians, Eva Marie Garroutte (from her book, by the same title) 5. Asian American Panethnicity: Contemporary National and Transnational Possibilities, Yen Le Espiritu (from Not Just Black And White: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives on Immigration, Race, and Ethnicity in the United States, edited by Nancy Foner and George Frederickson)** 6. Whiteness as an 'Unmarked' Cultural Category, Ruth Frankenberg 7. Americas Changing Color Lines: Immigration, Race/Ethnicity, and Multiracial Identification, Jennifer Lee and Frank Bean (from The Annual Review of Sociology) ** 8. "We Are All Americans": The Latin Americanization of Race Relations in the United States, Eduardo Bonilla-Silva and Karen S. Glover ** Personal Account: A Wonderful Opportunity, R.M.A Personal Account: I Thought My Race Was Invisible, Sherri H. Pereira Personal Account: My Strategies, Eric Jackson ** What Is Sex? What Is Gender? 9. The Five Sexes Revisited: Anne Fausto-Sterling 10. The Gendered Society, Michael S. Kimmel (from his book by the same name) 11. Who Put the "Trans" in Transgender? Gender Theory and Everyday Life, Suzanne Kessler and Wendy McKenna (from The International Journal of Transgenderism) **. Personal Account: He Hit Her, Tim Norton What Is Social Class? 12. Whats Class got to do with it?, Michael Zweig (from his book by the same title) 13. The Rich, the Poor, and the Growing Gap Between Them: Inequality in America, The Economist** 14. Framing Class: Media Representations of Wealth and Poverty in America, Diana Kendall (from her book by the same title) ** 15. Middle-Class Social Reproduction: The Activation and Negotiation of Structural Advantages, Peter Kaufman (from Sociological Forum) ** 16. This Hard-Earned Money Comes Stuffed in their Genes, Dusty Horwitt Personal Account: How I Learned to Appreciate Printers, Sandra Pamela Maida ** Personal Account: I Am a Pakistani Woman, Hoorie I. Siddique What Is Sexual Orientation? 17. Is Homosexual a Noun?, Paul R. Abramson and Steven D. Pinkerton (from their book, With Pleasure: On the Nature of Human Sexuality) 18. A New Paradigm for Understanding Womens Sexuality and Sexual Orientation, Letitia Anne Peplau and Linda Garnets (from The Journal of Social Issues) ** 19. The End of Gay (and the Death of Heterosexuality), Bert Archer (from his book of the same title) 20. The Heterosexual Questionnaire, Martin Rochlin ** Personal Account: An Opportunity to Get Even, Carol A. Mabry Personal Account:Living Invisibly, Tara S. Ellison What is Disability? 21. Disability Definitions: The Politics of Meaning, Mike Oliver (from his book, The Politics of Disablement) 22. What Do Disabilities Have To Do With Diversity? Patricia McCune (from About Campus) ** 23. A World of Their Own, Liza Mundy Personal Account: A Time I Didnt Feel Normal, Heather Callender ** SECTION II Framework Essay: EXPERIENCING DIFFERENCE Race and Ethnicity 24. Latinos in the U.S. Race Structure, Clara E. Rodriguez, (from her book, Changing Race) 25. Why are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?, Beverly Daniel Tatum (from her book by the same title) 26. Middle Eastern Lives in America, Amir Marvasti and Karyn D. McKinney (from their book with the same title) ** 27. Everybodys Ethnic Enigma, Jelita McLeod (from the Washington Post) 28. Adopted in China, Seeking Identity in America, Lynette Clemetson (New York Times) ** 29. Loot or Find: Fact or Frame?, Cheryl L. Harris and Devon W. Carbado
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