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

ISBN-10: 0078111641
ISBN-13: 9780078111648
Edition: 6th 2012
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List price: $156.33
Edition: 6th
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education
Publication date: 2/11/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 560
Size: 7.00" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.738
Language: English

In The Meaning of Difference, Karen Rosenblum and Toni-Michelle Travis examine the social construction of difference in American lifeparticularly in regard to race and ethnicity, sex and gender, social class, sexual orientation, and disability. This text-reader contains four framework essays that examine the construction of difference, the experience of difference, the social meaning of difference, and social actions that might bridge differences. Each essay is followed by a set of readings selected for readability, conceptual depth, and application to a variety of statuses. Boxed boxes, most written by students, illustrate personal experiences. This sixth edition includes twenty-four new readings and ten new personal accounts. The framework essays have been substantively revised and updated. The new readings, many from authors who have captured national attention, have been chosen because they speak to contemporary assumptions of a "post-racial" America.

Constructing Categories of Difference
Framework Essay
What is Race? What is Ethnicity?
"Race" and the Construction of Human Identity
Who Is Black? One Nation's Definition
The Evolution of Identity, The Washington Post Personal Account: A Loaded Vacation
Real Indians: Identity and the Survival of Native America
Asian American Panethnicity: Contemporary National and Transnational Possibilities
Personal Account: I Thought My Race Was Invisible
Whiteness as an 'Unmarked' Cultural Category
America's Changing Color Lines: Immigration, Race/Ethnicity, and Multiracial Identification
Personal Account: The Price of Nonconformity
From Friendly Foreigner to Enemy Race
Personal Account: Master Status: Pride and Danger
What is Sex? What is Gender?
The Gendered Society
Personal Account: Basketball
Where's the Rulebook for Sex Verification?
All Together Now: Intersex Infants and IGM
What is Social Class?
What's Class Got to Do with It?
More or Less Equal?, The Economist
The Silver Spoon: Inheritance and the Staggered Start
Personal Account: I Am a Pakistani Woman
What is Sexual Orientation?
The Biology of the Homosexual
A New Paradigm for Understanding Women's Sexuality and Sexual Orientation
The Heterosexual Questionnaire
What is Disability?
Disability Definitions: The Politics of Meaning
Personal Account: Invisibly Disabled
A World of Their Own
Ethnicity, Ethics, and the Deaf-World
-Experiencing Difference
Framework Essay
Race and Ethnicity
Formulating Identity in a Globalized World
Personal Account: Hair
Latinos in the U.S. Race Structure
Everybody's Ethnic Enigma
Personal Account: My Strategies
Sex and Gender
It's All in the Family: Intersections of Gender, Race, and Nation
Proving Manhood
Personal Account: Just Something You Did as a Man
Gendered Sexuality in Young Adulthood: Double Binds and Flawed Options
Sexual Orientation
Beyond the Closet: The Transformation of Gay and Lesbian Life
Personal Account: Living Invisibly
"Dude, You're a Fag": Adolescent Male Homophobia
Sexual Orientation and Sex in Women's Lives: Conceptual and Methodological Issues
Social Class
Class and the Transition to Adulthood
Personal Account: That Moment of Visibility
Cause of Death: Inequality
Why Are Droves of Unqualified, Unprepared Kids Getting into Our Top Colleges? Because Their Dads Are Alumni
Public Transit
"Can You See the Rainbow?"' The Roots of Denial
Not Blind Enough: Living in the Borderland Called Legal Blindness
Personal Account: A Time I Didn't Feel Normal, Heather Callender
-The Meaning of Difference
Framework Essay
Blink in Black and White
Personal Account: Just Like My Mama Said
See Baby Discriminate
Between Barack and a Hard Place
The Model Minority: Asian American "Success" as a Race Relations Failure
Personal Account: Let Me Work for It!
The Gender Revolution: Uneven and Stalled, Paula England
Law, Public Policy, and Economy
Thirteen Key Supreme Court Cases and the Civil War Amendments
Segregation: The Rising Costs for America
Personal Account: Learning My Own Privilege
Land Rich, Dirt Poor: Challenges to Asset Building in Native America
Crossing the Color Line: A Historical Assessment and Personal Narrative of Loving v. Virginia
Popular Culture
Framing Class: Media Representations of Wealth and Poverty in America
Loot or Find: Fact or Frame?
Personal Account: He Hit Her
The Protean N-Word
Disability and Representation
-Bridging Differences
Framework Essay
Lilly's Big Day
The Other Movement that Rosa Parks Inspired: By Sitting Down, She Made Room for the Disabled
Influencing Public Policy
What Can We Do? Becoming Part of the Solution
Personal Account: Parents' Underestimated Love
In Defense of Rich Kids
Personal Account: Where Are You From?
Uprooting Racism: How White People Can Work for Racial Justice
I/Me/Mine: Intersectional Identities as Negotiated Minefields

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