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Privilege: A Reader Second Edition Edition

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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.
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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: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #903,873 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Steven Samuels on April 14, 2004
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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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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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The book changed my daughter's life. She understood me totally for the first time. I had to read it to see why.
I felt affirmed frequently through out the book.
It would take reading this book to explain Rev Jeremiah Wright's 15 second rant that slowed Obama's march to the White House.
Recommendation: Read if you have the guts.
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Great. Just what I needed for school. Great condition.
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