Identities and Inequalities Exploring the Intersections of Race, Class, Gender, and Sexuality

ISBN-10: 0073380105
ISBN-13: 9780073380100
Edition: 2nd 2012
Authors: David M. Newman
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List price: $106.67
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education
Publication date: 8/24/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 464
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.958
Language: English

We don’t experience our everyday lives through just one lens; rather, we experience all elements of our identity—race, class, gender, sexuality—simultaneously.Identities and Inequalitiesacknowledges this complex reality and brings to light the importance of studying the intersections of race, class, gender, and sexuality. It also examines these intersections as both elements of personal identity and sources of social inequality. Newman has written a unique, engaging, and highly accessible book that will prepare students to study these all-important issues in a whole new way.

David M. Newman earned his B.A. from San Diego State University in 1981 and his graduate degrees from the University of Washington in Seattle (M.A. 1984, PhD 1988). After a year at the University of Connecticut, David went to DePauw University in 1989 and has been there ever since. David teaches courses in Contemporary Society, Deviance, Mental Illness, Family, Social Psychology, and Research Methods. He has published numerous articles on teaching and has presented research papers on the intersection of gender and power in intimate relationships. Recently most of his scholarly activity has been devoted to writing and revising several books, including Sociology: Exploring the Architecture of Everyday Life (SAGE, 2014); Identities and Inequalities: Exploring the Intersections of Race, Class, Gender, and Sexuality (McGraw-Hill, 2012); and Families: A Sociological Perspective (McGraw-Hill, 2009). He is currently working on a book-length manuscript that examines the cultural meaning, institutional importance, and social limitations of "second chance" narratives in everyday life.

Preface
Acknowledgments
Identities
Differences and Similarities
Similarities and Differences in Everyday Life: Drawing Lines
"Classified" Information: Forming Impressions
Variation Between Groups, Variation Within Groups
The Power of "Normality": All Differences Are Not Created Equal
Stratification, Power, and Privilege
Theories of Inequality
Structural-Functionalism
Conflict Theories
Cultural Capital
Conclusion
Investigating Identities and Inequalities
Identity inheritance: Climbing up (or down) your family tree
Manufacturing Difference: The Social Construction of Race, Class, Gender, and Sexuality
Perspectives on Identity
Essentialism
Constructionism
Definitions of Differences and Identities
Racial/Ethnic Identities
The Social Construction of Race and Ethnicity
Multiracial Identities
Class Identities
How Do Americans Determine Class Standing?
Who Is Poor?
Gender Identities
Gender Roles: Doing Gender
The Sexual Dichotomy
Intersexuals and Biological Ambiguity
Sexual Orientations
Heteronormativity
"The Closet"
The Complexity of Sexual Identity
Identities on the Borderlands
Intersections: Gay Black Men on the Down Low
Conclusion
Investigating Identities and Inequalities
A sociological treasure hunt: The artifacts of identity
Portraying Difference: Race, Class, Gender, and Sexuality in Language and the Media
Symbols and Language
Slurs
The Language of Difference
Gendered Language
Ethnoracial Language
Sexual Language
The Use of Language to Conceal Variation
The Differences of Language
The Battle over "Political Correctness"
Media Representations of Difference
Gender in the Media
Children's Exposure to Gender in the Media
Media-Reinforced Femininity
Media-Reinforced Masculinity
Race and Ethnicity in the Media
Sexuality in the Media
Social Class in the Media
Conclusion
Investigating Identities and Inequalities
But I play one on TV: Media portraits of race, gender, and sexuality
Learning Difference: Families, Schools, and Socialization
Identity Socialization in Families
Learning Genders
Biological Predispositions
Gender Training
Intersections: The Influence of Race on Gender Socialization
Gender Neutrality
Learning Racial Identities
Intersections: The Effects of Gender and Class on Racial Identities
Learning Sexualities
Was I Just Born This Way?
Intersections: The Effect of Gender on Learning Sexualities
Bisexualities
Learning Social Classes
Intersections: Class, Race, and Motherwork
Identity Socialization in Schools
Peer Influence
Gendered Lessons
Segregating the Sexes
Intersections: Gender, Race, and Bullying
Coaching Masculinities
Class and Race Lessons
Conclusion
Investigating Identities and Inequalities
Go to your room: Race, gender, and childhood discipline
Inequalities
Expressing Inequalities: Prejudice and Discrimination in Everyday Life
Stereotypes: The Building Blocks of Bigotry
The Normality of Stereotypes
The Negativity of Positive Stereotypes
A "Model" Minority
The Lady and the Naturally Good Mother
Intersections: The Strong Black Woman
Prejudice: Perceiving Inequality
The Politics of Prejudice: Obama Effect or Obama Backlash?
Gender and Sexual Prejudice
Prejudice, Privilege, and Ideologies of Inferiority
Race and Biological Weakness
Gender and Biological Inevitability
The Hidden Privilege of Social Dominance
Intersections: Wealthy White Men and Perceptions of Race
Within-Group Prejudice
Discrimination: Inequality in Action
Personal Discrimination
Quiet Bias
The Enduring Importance of Race
Intersections: Race, Class, Gender, and Everyday Social Encounters
Global Ethnic Violence
Institutional Discrimination
Conclusion
Investigating Identities and Inequalities
Race and retail: Personal and institutional discrimination in everyday life
Inequalities in Economics and Work
Underprivilege and Overprivilege: Economic Imbalances in Everyday Life
Global Inequalities
U.S. Inequalities
The Middle-Class Squeeze
The Face of American Poverty: In the Shadow of Plenty
Sleepless on the Street
Poverty's Border
The Economies of Race and Ethnicity
Intersections: Race, Class, and Immigration
The Economies of Gender
Intersections: Race, Gender, and the Poverty of Single Parenthood
On the Job: Race, Class, Gender, and Sexuality in the Workplace
Professional Training
The Corporate Closet
Racial Discrimination in the Workplace
Affirmative Action: Overcoming Institutional Discrimination
Gender and Work
Separate Spheres
Gender Discrimination in the Workplace
Intersections: Gendered Racism in the Workplace
Conclusion
Investigating Identities and Inequalities
Living on the outskirts of poverty: A balanced budget
Inequalities in Law and Justice
The Social Construction of Laws
Power, Politics, and Legal Definitions
The Laws of Intimacy
Miscegenation
Same-Sex Marriage
Race, Class, and Justice
Racial Profiling
Class and Crime
Prisons
Race, Class, and Death
Gendered Justice
Gender and the Law
Sexual Harassment
Gender and Violence
Intersections: Poverty, Gender, and Human Trafficking
Intimate Violence
Rape and Sexual Assault
Intimate Partner Violence
Conclusion
Investigating Identities and Inequalities
Safe havens: Race, class, and the fear of crime
Inequalities in Health and Illness
The Social Construction of Health and Illness
The Embodiment of Inequality
To Eat or Not to Eat
Hunger
Obesity
Intersections: Race, Class, Gender, and Weight
It's Not How You Feel, It's How You Look
Unequal and Unwell: The Stratification of Health and Health Care
Global Inequalities
Wealth and Health in the United States
Intersections: Race, Class, and Social Vulnerability: The (Un)Natural Disaster of Hurricane Katrina
The Color of Health
Environmental Discrimination
Health Care Suspicions
Gendered Health
Premenstrual Syndrome
The Medicalization of Childbirth
The Gendering of Medical Practice and Research
Men's Health
Homosexuality and Health
Conclusion
Investigating Identities and Inequalities
Hospital stays: The unequal contours of American health care
The Futures of Inequality
Possibilities: Altering Inequalities
Fickle Futures
Ethnoracial Outlooks
Evolving a Post-Racial, Post-Ethnic Society
Intersections: Discrimination in the Absence of Difference: Japan's Burakumin
Subdividing Race and Ethnicity
The Futures of Gender and the Sexual Dichotomy
The Futures of "[Blank]sexuality"
Stratification Outlooks: Class Dismissed?
Future Intersections
Final Thoughts
Investigating Identities and Inequalities
Organizing for a change: Student groups on campus
References
Credits
Glossary/Index

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