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


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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.

About the Author

Karen E. Rosenblum is Associate Professor of Sociology and Vice President for University Life at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. She is a former Director of Womens Studies and the Womens Studies Research and Resource Center and a faculty member in Cultural Studies. Professor Rosenblum received her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Colorado, Boulder. Her areas of research and teaching include sex and gender, language, and deviance. Toni-Michelle C. Travis is Associate Professor of Government and Politics at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. She is also a faculty member in the Womens Studies and African American Studies Programs. Professor Travis received her Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Chicago. Her areas of research and teaching include race and gender in political participation, and urban politics. She has served as the President of the National Capital Area Political Science Association and the Womens Caucus of the American Political Science Association. She hosts Capital Regional Roundtable, a cable television show, and is a frequent commentator on Virginia politics.

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What is Race? What is Ethnicity?

1. “Race” and the Construction of Human Identity, Audrey Smedley (from the American Anthropologist)

2. Who Is Black? One Nation's Definition, F. James Davis

3. The Evolution of Identity, Washington Post Federal Page

4. Real Indians, Eva Marie Garroutte

5. Asian American Panethnicity: Contemporary National and Transnational Possibilities, Yen Le Espiritu

6. Whiteness as an 'Unmarked' Cultural Category, Ruth Frankenberg

7. Americas Changing Color Lines: Immigration, Race/Ethnicity, and Multiracial Identification, Jennifer Lee and Frank Bean

8. From Friendly Foreigner to Enemy Race: Selective Racialization, Covering, and the Negotiation of Middle Eastern American Identity, John Tehranian

Personal Account: Social Inequalities, Sumaya Al-Hajebi
Personal Account: The Truth Hurts, Niah Grimes
Personal Account: Julia Morgenstern, The Price of Nonconformity
Personal Account: I Thought My Race Was Invisible, Sherri H. Pereira

What Is Sex? What Is Gender?

9. The Gendered Society, Michael S. Kimmel

10. Wheres the Rulebook for Sex Verification? Alice Dreger

11. All Together Now: Intersex infants and IGM, Riki Wilchins

Personal Account: He Hit Her, Tim Norton

What Is Social Class?

12. Whats Class got to do with it?, Michael Zweig

13. More or Less Equal? The Economist

14. The Silver Spoon: Inheritance and the Staggered Start, Stephen J. McNamee and Robert K. Miller Jr.

Personal Account: I Am a Pakistani Woman, Hoorie I. Siddique

What Is Sexual Orientation?

15. The Biology of the Homosexual, Roger Lancaster

16. The New Paradigm for Understanding Womens Sexuality and Sexual Orientation, Letitia Anne Peplau and Linda Garnets

17. The Heterosexual Questionnaire, Martin Rochlin

What is Disability?

18. Disability Definitions: The Politics of Meaning, Mike Oliver

19. A World of Their Own, Liza Mundy

20. Ethnicity, Ethics, and the Deaf-World, Harlan Lane

Personal Account: Invisible Disability, Heather Shaw



Race and Ethnicity

21. Formulating Identity in a Globalized World, Carola Suarez-Orozco

22. Latinos in the U.S. Race Structure, Clara E. Rodriguez

23. Muslim American Youth, Selcuk R.. Sirin and Michelle Fine

24. Everybodys Ethnic Enigma, Jelita McLeod

Personal Account: My Strategies, Eric Jackson
Personal Account: Hair, Sara Faragalla

Sex and Gender

25. Its All in the Family: Intersections of Gender, Race, and Nation, Patricia Hill Collins

26. Proving Manhood, Timothy Beneke

27. Laura Hamilton and Elizabeth Armstrong, “Gendered Sexuality in Young Adulthood”

Personal Account: "Basketball," Andrea M. Busch
Personal Account: Just Something You Did as a Man, Francisco Hernandez

Sexual Orientation

28. Beyond the Closet: The Transformation of Gay and Lesbian Life, Steven Seidman

29. Dude Youre a Fag, C.J. Pascoe

30. Sexual Orientation and Sex in Womens lives: Conceptual and Methodological Issues, Esther D. Rothblum

Personal Account: Living Invisibly, Tara S. Ellison

Social Class

31. Class and the Transition to Adulthood, Annette Lareau and Elliott Weininger

32. Cause of Death: Inequality, Alejandro Reuss

33. Why Are Droves of Unqualified, Unprepared Kids Getting into Our Top Colleges? Because Their Dads Are Alumni, John Larew

Personal Account: That Moment of Visibility, Rose B. Pascarell


34. Public Transit, John Hockenberry

35. ‘Can You See the Rainbow?' The Roots of Denial, Sally French

36. Not Blind Enough: Living in the Borderland Called Legal Blindness, Beth Omansky

Personal Account: A Time I Didnt Feel Normal, Heather Calendar




37. Oppression, Marilyn Frye

38. Malcolm Gladwell, Blink in Black and White

39. Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman, See Baby Discriminate

40. Tim Wise – Between Barack and a Hard Place

41. The Model Minority; Asian American “Success” as a Race Relations Failure, Frank Wu

42. Paula England, The Gender Revolution: Uneven and Stalled

Personal Account: Just Like My Mama Said, Anthony McNeill


43. 14 Supreme Court Cases

44. Segregation: The Rising Costs for America, James H. Carr and Nandinee K. Kutty

45. Land Rich, Dirt Poor: Challenges to Asset Building in Native America, Meizhu Liu, Barbara J. Robles, Betsy Leondar Wright, Rose M. Brewer, and Rebecca Adamson

46. Multiple Origins, Uncertain Destinies, Marta Tienda and Faith Mitchell

47. Crossing the Color Line: A Historical Assessment and Personal Narrative of Loving v. Virginia, Robert Pratt

Personal Account: Learning My Own Privilege, Mireille M. Cecil
Personal Account: Whats in a Name, Ruth Feldsberg


48. Framing Class: Media Representations of Wealth and Poverty in America, Diana Kendall

49. Loot or Find: Fact or Frame? Cheryl L. Harris and Devon W. Carbado

50. The Protean N-word, Randall Kennedy

51. Disability and Representation, Rosemarie Garland-Thompson

52. Female Chauvinist Pigs, Ariel Levy

53. Gender Stereotyping in the English Language, Laurel Richardson

Personal Account: He Hit Her, Tim Norton



54. Lillys Big Day, Gail Collins

55. The Other Movement that Rosa Parks Inspired, Charles Wilson

56. Influencing Public Policy, Jeanine C. Cogan

57. What can we do? Becoming part of the solution, Allan Johnson

58. In Defense of Rich Kids, William Upski Wimsatt

59. Uprooting Racism: How White People can work for racial justice, Paul Kivel

60. I/Me/Mine: Intersectional Identities as Negotiated Minefields, Shuddhabrata Sengupta

Personal Account: Parents Underestimated Love, Octavio Espinal
Personal Account: Where Are You From? C.C.

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Rosenblum, Karen
McGraw-Hill Humanities/Social Sciences/Langua
Rosenblum, Karen E.
Travis, Toni-Michelle C.
Sociology - General
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