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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 privilege that is conferred by birth, race, gender or sexual orientation is generally discussed from the point of view of those denied that privilege. In this reader Kimmel (sociology SUNY, Stoneybrook NY) and Ferber (sociology, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs) have selected articles written 1988-2009 that examine the stereotypes of privilege. The seminal essay is the first, by Peggy McIntosh, who steps back from her gender-based study of oppression to recognize the privileges she automatically receives by being white. Other essays follow on this revelation that encourage the reader to rethink dividing lines. In America, "white" allows for privilege. Some authors look at variations on this: gay white men or the "whitening" of once marginalized immigrant groups, such as Italians and Jews. Others note distinctions within groups such as the oppression of the poor by the wealthy in the name of capitalism or the levels of privilege among people of color. The concluding chapters give possible methods to overcome the mentality of privilege. The book is intended for undergraduate classes but would be of interest to general readers. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (


This innovative anthology expands the concept of privilege, exploring how gender, class, race, and sexual preference interact and create multifaceted conditions for privilege.

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

Kimmel, Michael S.
Westview Press
Kimmel, Michael S.
Ferber, Abby L.
Kimmel, Michael S.
Ferber, Abby L.
Social classes
Gender Studies
Minority Studies - Race Relations
United States Social conditions 1980-
Social classes -- United States.
Featured Titles-History and Social Science
Edition Description:
Second Edition
Publication Date:
9 x 6 in 12 oz

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