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Privilege: A Reader [Paperback]

Michael S. Kimmel , Abby L. Ferber
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December 22, 2009 0813344263 978-0813344263 Second Edition
Innovative and thought-provoking, this timely anthology expands the concept of privilege in America beyond the traditional limiters of being white and male. In addition to readings from well-known authors in the field, this edition includes pieces from contemporary scholars breaking new ground in superordinate studies. Seventeen carefully selected essays explore the multifaceted aspects of privilege: how race, gender, class, and sexual preference interact in the lives of those who are privileged by one or more of these identities. Written from a variety of viewpoints, personal and analytic, the essays in this volume help students understand that “race” can mean white people, “gender” can mean men, and “sexuality” can mean heterosexuals.

1. McIntosh, Peggy. “White Privilege and Male Privilege.”
2. Woods, Jewel.“Black Male Privilege.” *
3. Larew, John, “Why are Droves of Unqualified, Unprepared Kids Getting Into our Top Colleges?”
4. Dunbar-Ortiz, Roxanne. “On Being Okie.”
5. Messner, Michael A. “Becoming 100% Straight” 
6. Rochlin, M. “The Heterosexual Questionnaire.” 
7. Johnson, Allan. “Privilege Power and Difference and Us,” from Privilege Power and Difference.*
8. Brodkin Sacks, Karen. “How Jews Became White”
9. Kimmel, Michael S. “Masculinity as Homophobia.” 
10. Wise, Tim. “Anti-Racist Reflections From an Angry White Male.” *
11. Kendall, Diana. “Class in the United States: Not Only Alive but Reproducing.” *
12. Redding, Maureen T. “Invisibility/Hypervisibility: The Paradox of Normative Whiteness.” *
13. hooks, bell. “Class and Race: The New Black Elite.”
14. Bérubé, Allan. “How Gay Stays White and What Kind of White it Stays.”
15. Thompson, Becky. “Subverting Racism From Within.”
16. Hill Collins, Patricia. “Toward a New Vision.” 
17.Ferber, Abby. “Dismantling Privilege and Becoming an Ally.” *

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“The diverse voices found in this book would add a unique and thought-provoking perspective to any undergraduate course examining the many aspects of oppression.” —MultiCultural Review

“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 high school and college campus in the country.” —Martin Duberman, Distinguished Professor of History Emeritus, CUNY

“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

About the Author

Michael S. Kimmel is professor of sociology at the State University of New York, Stony Brook. His books include Changing Men, Guyland, Men's Lives, The Politics of Manhood, Manhood in America, and The Gendered Society. He edits Men and Masculinities, an interdisciplinary scholarly journal, and a book series on men and masculinity at the University of California Press. He is the spokesperson for the National Organization for Men Against Sexism (NOMAS) and lectures extensively on campuses in the U.S. and abroad.

Abby L. Ferber is codirector of women’s and ethnic studies, professor of sociology, and director of the Matrix Center for the Advancement of Social Equity and Inclusion at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, where she cofacilitates the annual Knapsack Institute, a curriculum transformation institute, and is on the national leadership team of the annual White Privilege Conference. She is the author of numerous books, including White Man Falling and Home Grown Hate.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Westview Press; Second Edition edition (December 22, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0813344263
  • ISBN-13: 978-0813344263
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.8 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #648,331 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sociologists, psychologists, historians, English scholars, etc. are all now starting to look at the concept of "privilege." In dealing with all areas of societal interaction (e.g., Race, Class, Gender, Age, etc.), traditional focus has been on unempowered groups and what's wrong with them. The concept of privilege refocuses the argument on the invisible benefits the empowered groups have and don't recognize. Understanding privilege is truly the first step toward cross-group dialogue, and this book is spectacular starting point. It works for the uninitiated as well as for classroom use (as it contains several classic articles). This edited edition contains articles on all kinds of privilege, including race, gender, religion, college legacy, etc. A must-have on your shelves if you teach in this area, and a great way to start thinking about society in a new and enlightened way. I also can't imagine a more invigorating book for a group to sit around and discuss.
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I only needed a few pages from this book for a class, but bought the whole thing. It explains some basic problems and how to fix them in interesting and understandable ways. I encourage everyone to read it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dense but worth it May 21, 2014
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Everyone should at least skim through this book to open your mind up to some common forms of privilege in society over non-privilege that can be overlooked.
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