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Meaning of Difference : American Constructions of Race, Sex and Gender, Social Class, and Sexual Orientation

Meaning of Difference : American Constructions of Race, Sex and Gender, Social Class, and Sexual Orientation - 4th edition

Meaning of Difference : American Constructions of Race, Sex and Gender, Social Class, and Sexual Orientation - 4th edition

ISBN13: 9780072997460

ISBN10: 007299746X

Meaning of Difference : American Constructions of Race, Sex and Gender, Social Class, and Sexual Orientation by Karen E. Rosenblum and Toni-Michelle C. Travis - ISBN 9780072997460
Edition: 4TH 06
Copyright: 2006
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Publishing Company
Published: 2006
International: No
Meaning of Difference : American Constructions of Race, Sex and Gender, Social Class, and Sexual Orientation by Karen E. Rosenblum and Toni-Michelle C. Travis - ISBN 9780072997460

ISBN13: 9780072997460

ISBN10: 007299746X

Summary

The Meaning of Difference is a text-reader about the social construction of difference as it operates in American formulations of race, sex and gender, social class, and sexual orientation. The book is based the conviction that similar processes are at work in the construction of differences of color, sex and gender, class, and sexuality and that these processes likely also apply to other master statuses such as disability. Four framework essays provide the conceptual structure for the book. Following each framework essay is a set of readings that illustrate the concepts and processes described in the essays. The readings have been selected for readability, conceptual depth, and applicability to a variety of statuses.

New Features

  • 36 readings are new to this edition; overall, there are 10 more readings than the previous edition.
  • The material on key Supreme Court cases has been updated to include the Court's recent rulings on Affirmative Action and the Americans with Disabilities Act.
  • Discussion questions accompany each reading.
  • An entirely new framework essay and set of readings on ''making a difference,'' covering topics ranging from improving interaction between individuals to shaping public policy.
  • Treatment of the variety of Latino ethnic and racial identities.
  • Coverage of the emerging identity of ''bi-racial'' and of the experience of multi-racial families.
  • Readings on the intersection of race, sex, social class, and sexual orientation, and on the intersection of religion and these statuses.