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Creating and Contesting Social Inequalities

Contemporary Readings

Carissa M. Froyum, Katrina Bloch, and Tiffany Taylor

Publication Date - February 2016

ISBN: 9780190238469

496 pages
Paperback
7-1/2 x 9-1/4 inches

Retail Price to Students: $94.99

A unique inequality reader with emphases on intersectionality, disability, social change, and data analysis

Description

Creating and Contesting Social Inequalities: Contemporary Readings offers readings on a variety of topics, with a focus on the "how" of inequality. Rather than structuring the book topically, editors Carissa M. Froyum, Katrina Bloch, and Tiffany Taylor have organized the readings around social processes that reproduce and maintain inequality.

This unique anthology includes social change readings throughout its entirety, rather than segmenting them at the end of the reader. It also features innovative data analysis exercises, reading questions, and social change projects. With its combination of generic processes, intersectionality, full incorporation of disabilities, global perspective, and data analysis exercises, Creating and Contesting Social Inequalities will challenge students to see themselves as agents in a system of inequality rather than passive learners.

About the Author(s)

Carissa M. Froyum is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Northern Iowa.

Katrina Bloch is Associate Professor of Sociology at Kent State University at Stark.

Tiffany Taylor is Associate Professor of Sociology at Kent State University at Kent.

Reviews

"This is one of the few readers that places inequality in a variety of contexts from local to global."--Geraldine Manning, Suffolk University

"Creating and Contesting Social Inequalities features rigorous, timely, and wide-ranging readings that will engage students in topics of immediate interest and also get them thinking outside their own contexts."--Stephanie McClure, Georgia College and State University

Table of Contents

    INTRODUCTION

    PART I. WHERE DO INEQUALITIES COME FROM? DOES IT HAVE TO BE THIS WAY
    ?
    Introduction
    Readings

    Constructing Inequalities
    1. "Roots of Inequality," by Michael Schwalbe
    2. "Origins of Inequality and Uneven Development," by James Russell
    3. "Stratified Societies," by Nancy Bonvillain

    Contesting and Changing
    4. "Frameworks of Desire," by Anne Fausto-Sterling
    5. "Intersectionality: Multiple Inequalities in Social Theory," by Sylvia Walby, Jo Armstrong, and Sofia Strid
    6. "Slaves, Immigrants, and Suffragists," by Douglas Baynton

    Data Analysis Exercises
    A. How does the US compare?
    B. Is the US the land of opportunity?

    Projects and Resources to Make a Difference

    PART II: WHY
    DO WE CATEGORIZE PEOPLE INTO GROUPS? HOW DOES DIFFERENTIATION TRANSFORM INTO INEQUALITY?
    Introduction
    Readings

    Thinking and Believing
    7. "Intersecting Cultural Beliefs in Social Relations: Gender, Race, and Class Binds and Freedoms," by Cecilia L. Ridgeway and Tamar Kricheli-Katz
    8. "Engendering Racial Perceptions: An Intersectional Analysis of How Social Status Shapes Race," by Andrew M. Penner and Aliya Saperstein

    Creating Boundaries
    9. "Hetero-Romantic Love and Heterosexiness in Children's G-Rated Films," by Karin A. Martin and Emily Kazyak
    10. "Diversity in the Lean Automobile Factory: Doing Class through Gender, Disability and Age," by Patrizia Zanoni
    11. "The Racial Formation of American Indians: Negotiating Legitimate Identities within Tribal and Federal Law," by Eva Marie Garroutte

    Policing Boundaries
    12. "The Girl Hunt: Urban Nightlife and the Performance of Masculinity as Collective Activity," by David Grazian
    13. "Creating Model Consumers: Producing Ethnicity, Race, and Class in Asian American Advertising" by Shalini Shankar
    14. "Discrimination in a Low-Wage Labor Market: A Field Experiment," by Devah Pager, Bruce Western, and Bart Bonikowski

    Contesting and Changing
    15. "The Power in a Name: Diagnostic Terminology and Diverse Experiences," by Georgiann Davis
    16. "Explaining and Eliminating Racial Profiling," by Donald Tomaskovic-Devey and Patricia Warren

    Data Analysis Exercises
    C. Is racism dead?
    D. When do women have orgasms?
    E. Is smoking a social class marker?

    Projects and Resources to Make a Difference

    PART III: HOW DO DOMINANT GROUPS GET AND HOARD RESOURCES?
    Introduction
    Readings

    Exploiting
    17. "The Globalization of Care Work: Neoliberal Economic Restructuring and Migration Policy," by Joya Misra, Jonathan Woodring, and Sabine N. Merz
    18. "Bad Attitudes and Good Soldiers: Soft Skills as a Code for Tractability in the Hiring of Immigrant Latina/os over Native Blacks in the Hotel Industry," by Margaret M. Zamudio and Michael I. Lichter
    19. "New Commodities, New Consumers Selling Blackness in a Global Marketplace," by Patricia Hill Collins

    Excluding
    20. "The Complexities and Processes of Racial Housing Discrimination," by Vincent J. Roscigno, Diana L. Karafin, and Griff Tester
    21. "'Tuck in that Shirt!' Race, Class, Gender, and Discipline in an Urban School," by Edward Morris

    Enacting Violence
    22. "The Displaced and Dispossessed of Darfur: Explaining the Sources of a Continuing State-Led Genocide," by John Hagan and Joshua Kaiser
    23. "Sexual Harassment, Workplace Authority, and the Paradox of Power," by Heather McLaughlin, Christopher Uggen, and Amy Blackstone

    Contesting and Changing
    24. "Breaking the Food Chains: An Investigation of Food Justice Activism" by Alison Hope Alkon and Kari Marie Norgaard
    25. "Global Corporations, Global Unions" by Stephen Lerner

    Data Analysis Exercises
    F. Who makes the decisions?
    G. Is voting a right?
    H. Do working-class jobs kill?

    Projects and Resources to Make a Difference

    PART IV: HOW DO INEQUALITIES BECOME INSTITUTIONALIZED?
    Introduction
    Readings

    Bureaucratizing
    26. "Gender, the Labor Process and Dignity at Work," by Martha Crowley
    27. "Paperwork First, Not Work First: How Caseworkers Use Paperwork to Feel Effective," by Tiffany Taylor

    Controlling Spaces
    28. "Educational Ties, Social Capital and the Translocal (Re)Production of MBA Alumni Networks," by Sarah Hall
    29. "Gendered Geographies of Reproductive Tourism," by Daisy Deomampo

    Instituting Social Policy
    30. "A Cripple at a Rich Man's Gate: A Comparison of Disability, Employment and Anti-discrimination Law in the United States and Canada," by C.G.K. Atkins
    31. "Race, Hyper-Incarceration, and US Poverty Policy in Historic Perspective," by Reuben Jonathan Miller

    Contesting and Changing
    32. "Housework and Social Policy," by Makiko Fuwa and Philip N. Cohen
    33. "Safe Spaces: Gay-Straight Alliances in High Schools," by Tina Fetner, Athena Elafros, Sandra Bortolin, and Coralee Drechsler

    Data Analysis Exercises
    I. What causes the wage gap?
    J. Living together or living apart?
    K. Are student loans the great equalizer?

    Projects and Resources to Make a Difference

    PART V. WHY DO PEOPLE GO ALONG WITH INEQUALITIES?
    Introduction
    Readings

    Maintaining Identities
    34. "Cultural and Cosmopolitan: Idealized Femininity and Embodied Nationalism in Nigerian Beauty Pageants," by Oluwakemi Balogun
    35. "'Barbie Dolls' on the Pitch: Identity Work, Defensive Othering, and Inequality in Women's Rugby," by Matthew Ezzell

    Controlling Discourses
    36. "'Anyone can be an illegal:' Color-blind Ideology and Maintaining Latino/Citizen Borders," by Katrina Bloch
    37. "The Knowledge-Shaping Process: Elite Mobilization and Environmental Policy," by Eric Bonds

    Managing Emotions
    38. "'For the Betterment of Kids Who Look Like Me': Professional Emotional Labor as a Racial Project," by Carissa Froyum

    Contesting and Changing
    39. "Gender Labor: Transmen, Femmes, and Collective Work of Transgression," by Jane Ward
    40. "Fitting In and Fighting Back: Stigma Management Strategies among Homeless Kids," by Anne R. Roschelle and Peter Kaufman
    41. "Towards an Affirmation Model of Disability," by John Swain and Sally French

    Data Analysis Exercises
    L. Does privilege make us happy?

    Projects and Resources to Make a Difference

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