Sociologists in Action on Inequalities: Race, Class, Gender, and Sexuality
Publication Year: 2015
Sociologists in Action on Inequalities: Race, Class, Gender, and Sexuality is a brief anthology of original readings that are perfect for Race and Ethnicity; Race, Class, and Gender; Introduction to Sociology; Social Problems; Social Inequality; Senior Capstone and other courses taught through the central lens of diversity. Like its companion Sociologists in Action volume, on social change and social justice, this collection brings together dozens of accounts of sociologists who are using their sociology to make a positive impact on society. Each of the 30 selections describe, through firsthand experience, how sociology can be used to address enduring problems of prejudice and discrimination based on race, nationality, class, gender, and sexuality. Discussion questions and suggested readings and resources at the end of every chapter will ...
- Front Matter
- Back Matter
- Subject Index
- Chapter 1: Race
- Michael Cermak, “Amplifying the Youth Voice of the Food Justice Movement with Film: Action Media Projects and Participatory Media Production”
- Diane Grams, “Place and Race: Cultural Democracy and Reclaiming Public Space”
- Brandon Hofstedt, “Social Movements in Action: Combating Environmental Racism on a Native American Reservation”
- Pamela Jenkins, “When Resilience Is Not Enough: Recovery, Privilege, and Hurricane Katrina”
- Joshua Warren, “Living the DREAM: Race, Privilege, and DREAMs of a Brighter Future”
- C. N. Le, “Bridging the Campus and the Community: Blogging About the Asian American Experience”
- Discussion Questions
- Chapter 2: Class
- Kevin Bales, “Confronting Slavery with the Tools of Sociology”
- Deirdre Oakley, “From Magazine Publishing to Homelessness, from Public Housing Research to Congressional Testimony”
- Bria Wilbur, “An Accidental Activist: My Stumble Upon Sociology”
- Susan A. Ostrander, “Putting a New Theory of Philanthropy into Practice: Challenges and Opportunities
- Jackie Smith, “Localizing International Human Rights: Engaging with the World Social Forum Process”
- Angela Aidala, “Housing and HIV/AIDS: A Tale of Academic, Provider, Advocacy, and Public Policy Collaboration”
- Discussion Questions
- Chapter 3: Gender
- Amy Lubitow, “Breast Cancer Activism: Learning to Write Collaboratively for Social Change”
- Mazhar Bağlı, “Honor Killings: Murder of Mores, Mores of Murder”
- Brian Klocke, “Speaking Out for Social Justice: Sociology and Cultural Transformation”
- Tracy Perkins, “On Becoming a Public Sociologist: Amplifying Women's Voices in the Quest for Environmental Justice”
- Margaret Abraham, “Talking the Talk and Walking the Walk: Linking Research and Action on Domestic Violence”
- Linda J. Olson, “Transforming Rape Culture on a College Campus: Using Peer Advocacy for Social Change”
- Discussion Questions
- Chapter 4: Sexuality
- Crystal A. Jackson, “Being an Academic Ally: Gender Justice for Sex Workers”
- Juan Battle and Antonio (Jay) Pastrana, “Disrupting a Narrative: Developing a New Discourse of Empowerment for LGBT People of Color”
- Andrew Jolivette, “Indian Blood: Two-Spirit Cultural Dissolution, Mixed-Race Identity, and Sexuality—A Journey of Return”
- Jennifer J. Reed, “Sex Work and Sex Trafficking: Influencing State Policy on a Complex Social Issue”
- Adina Nack, “From Damaged Goods to Empowered Patients”
- Discussion Questions
- Chapter 5: Intersections
- Charles Derber, “Social Movements and Activist Sociology”
- Laura Boutwell, “How Refugee Girls Change the World (and How You Can Too)”
- Nancy J. Mezey, “Becoming a Sociologist in Action Through Theory and Practice: A Personal Journey”
- Michael Stout, “Using Sociology to Increase Citizen Participation in a Medium-Sized Midwestern City”
- Mark R. Warren, “Knowledgeable Power and Powerful Knowledge: Research and Organizing for Educational and Social Justice”
- Laurence Cox, “Learning from Each Other's Struggles”
- Shelley K. White and Dottie Stevens, “Taking It to the Streets: Addressing Inequalities Through the Human Rights Cities Movement”
- Discussion Questions
[Page ii]This book is dedicated with deep love, admiration, and adoration to Jennifer Wollheim. Her life's work stood as testament to the power of individuals to create impactful social change. Though she was taken from us suddenly and far too early, she remains deep in our hearts always. We miss you and love you Jennifer, and we remain ever with deepest respect for all that you stood for and all of the beauty that you left in this world.
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Sociologists in action on inequalities : race, class, gender, and sexuality / Shelley K. White, Jonathan M. White, Kathleen Odell Korgen.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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1. Race. 2. Social classes. 3. Gender identity. 4. Sex. I. White, Shelley K., editor of compilation. II. White, Jonathan M. (Jonathan Michael) editor of compilation. III. Korgen, Kathleen Odell, 1967- editor of compilation.
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We feel incredibly fortunate to have worked with two tremendous editors in creating this book. David Repetto began this adventure with us and supported us with unwavering enthusiasm, creativity, and warmth. We are so grateful for having had the opportunity to work with him. We also could not be more thrilled to work with Jeff Lasser, who has helped us seamlessly transition into our work with a new team and has supported us wholeheartedly in creating this new Sociologists in Action book. We are also fortunate to be working with our editorial assistant, Lauren Johnson, who has helped us with endless details along the way. As well, we are grateful to our production editor Stephanie Palermini and our copyeditor Kim Hill, and we remain ever grateful to our Marketing Manager Erica DeLuca for her constant support.
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Shelley would like to thank her parents and siblings for their constant, loving support. I am also especially grateful to my nieces and nephews for keeping me playful even as I pursue my research and action on social injustices in the world. I am ever indebted to my grandparents for lending me the perspective and appreciation that long lives well lived afford. I also must thank my mentors who have supported and guided me on my path to understanding the marriage of scholarship and activism, including Charlie Derber, Eve Spangler, Bill Wiist, Pauline Hamel, Kris Heggenhougen, Monica Onyango, Bill Bicknell, Lucy Honig, and Bob Woods. I also must acknowledge the many inspiring young activists I have met through Free The Children, and through my work at Boston College, Simmons College, and Worcester State University, who in many ways teach me more than I could ever teach them! Finally, I feel so fortunate that my life partner is also my partner in changing the world. Thank you, Jonathan, for supporting me and journeying with me every day!
Jonathan owes a special debt of gratitude to his mentors and colleagues Charlie Derber, Eve Spangler, David Karp, Gordie Fellman, Irv Zola, [Page x]Morrie Schwartz, Karen Hansen, Sue Dargan, Lucille Lawless, Joe Bandy, Terry Arendell, Craig Kielburger, Marc Kielburger, and Fintan Kilbride, for their incredible guidance and support on his journey as a sociologist in action. I am especially grateful to my students and coworkers at Bentley University, Bridgewater State University, Colby College, and Framingham State University and to the Free The Children and Me to We staff and youth, past and present, who have inspired and continue to inspire me with their deep commitment to social change and social justice. I am eternally grateful to my family for their constant support and unconditional love. Especially, I could never express deeply enough how lucky I feel to have my wife Shelley by my side as my best friend and partner in life. Thank you, Shelley, for inspiring me with your passion for social justice and equity and for this incredible journey we are on together!
Kathleen is grateful to have earned her PhD in sociology at Boston College, where she learned that sociology can and should make a positive impact on the world. She thanks her family for their love, support, and patience. Mom, you will always be my #1 editor. Thanks for all you do. Julie and Jessica, the stories in this book will help you to understand more fully why your mom loves being a sociologist. You two make me so very proud to be your mom. Jeff, thanks for being such a wonderful motivator, source of inspiration, and all around incredible partner (and excellent dad).
Finally, we are enormously indebted to our contributors—an incredible array of inspiring Sociologists in Action and gifted writers. They make us proud to be sociologists!
Sociology is an exciting subject to study! Sociologists have the ability to uncover and analyze the social problems that exist in our world, including those faced by people because of the social norms and values that guide us surrounding race, ethnicity, gender, class, and sexuality. But what makes sociology so exciting is that sociologists also possess the skills to create change, to work to make a difference on the very social problems they have identified!
Does this appeal to you? Have you ever …
- Wondered how you can make a positive impact on the world?
- Wished you could better understand why there remains so much prejudice and discrimination based on race, class, gender, and sexuality while also understanding what you can do to change this?
- Wanted to know how sociology can play a key role in giving you the tools to understand and create the change you want to see in the world?
- Wondered why sociologists are some of the most interesting and empowering people you've ever meet?
If so, you have started reading the right book! Throughout this book, you will be treated to dozens of pieces written by sociologists who are using their skills to have a positive social impact on a variety of issues related to diversity in our society and around the globe.
The book is broken into five chapters, closely related to courses on diversity as well as to many introductory sociology and social problems courses taught through the central lens of diversity. At the end of each chapter, you will find thought-provoking discussion questions aimed at challenging you to think more deeply about the issues being raised by the various authors. Each chapter also provides an extensive list of great resources that will help you to learn more about the social problems seen throughout the book and the many inspiring individuals and organizations working to create solutions.
[Page xii]All of the sociologists in this book follow in a long line of tradition, using their sociological tool belt to create solutions to the enduring prejudice and discrimination based on race, class, gender, and sexuality that is wrapped throughout our society. C. Wright Mills (1959) speaks of the responsibility of sociologists to connect personal troubles to public issues and Randall Collins (1998) teaches of the two core commitments of sociologists to (1) use their sociological eye to uncover societal injustices and (2) use their sociological skills to actively work to confront these injustices and to seek solutions. The contributors to this book are each a shining example of what Mills and Collins had in mind, and collectively they provide a powerful story about the unique ability of sociologists to change the world.
The three editors of this book feel honored to be able to bring this book to you, sharing the stories of dozens of our sociology colleagues. Combined with our sister book, Sociologists in Action: Sociology, Social Change, and Social Justice (2nd Edition, 2014), we feel more energized than ever about the potential for our discipline to create powerful social change. What a cool professor you must have for choosing to use a book that not only teaches you about the persistent and poignant issues of prejudice and discrimination in our world but also provides real-life examples of how you can become part of the solution. We hope you enjoy the book and that you are inspired yourselves to become sociologists in action, utilizing the tools that your professors are providing for you to create a more socially just world!References1998). The sociological eye and its blinders. Contemporary Sociology, 27(1), 2–7. http://dx.doi.org/10.2307/2654697(2014). Sociologists in action: Sociology, social change, and social justice. Thousand Oaks: Sage., , & (1959). The sociological imagination. New York: Oxford University Press.(
About the Editors[Page 193]
Shelley K. White, PhD, MPH, is Assistant Professor of Health Sciences and Public Health at Worcester State University. She recently taught in the Sociology Department at Simmons College, where she also coordinated the Simmons World Challenge—an interdisciplinary, student-led learning program which creates actionable solutions to global social justice problems. Shelley's teaching and research focus on health and illness, globalization and development, inequalities, social movements, and social justice. She previously worked in HIV/AIDS policy globally and domestically, and serves on the board of directors of Free the Children and SocMed. She is coeditor of Sociologists in Action: Sociology, Social Change, and Social Justice (with Kathleen Odell Korgen and Jonathan White; 2nd Edition, 2014), and her recent publications appear in the Journal of Human Rights Practice; American Journal of Public Health; Education, Citizenship and Social Justice; Public Health Reports; and Critical Public Health.
Jonathan M. White, PhD, is Associate Professor of Sociology at Bentley University and Director of the Bentley Service Learning Center. He specializes in inequality, globalization, human rights, and public sociology. He has received numerous teaching and humanitarian awards, is founder of Sports for Hunger, and has served on the board of directors of Free the Children, the Graduation Pledge Alliance, Me to We, Youth for Peace, and other civic engagement organizations. He is coauthor of The Engaged Sociologist: Connecting the Classroom to the Community (with Kathleen Odell Korgen) (4th Edition, 2013), coeditor of Sociologists in Action: Sociology, Social Change, and Social Justice (with Kathleen Odell Korgen and Shelley White; 2nd Edition, 2014), and served as associate editor to The New York Times bestseller Me To We by children's rights advocates Marc and Craig Kielburger.
Shelley and Jonathan live in Massachusetts and are the proud aunt and uncle of Jared, Kyle, Tyler, Arielle, Cameron, Brianna, Mikayla, Joshua, Jack, Logan, Tyler, Joey, and Brookelyn.
[Page 194]Kathleen Odell Korgen, PhD, is Professor of Sociology at William Paterson University in Wayne, New Jersey. Her primary areas of specialization are race relations, racial identity, and public sociology. Professor Korgen's publications include The Engaged Sociologist: Connecting the Classroom to the Community (with Jonathan White) (4th Edition, 2013), Sociologists in Action: Sociology, Social Change, and Social Justice (with Jonathan White and Shelley White; 2nd Edition, 2014), Multiracial Americans and Social Class (2010), Contemporary Readings in Sociology (2008), Crossing the Racial Divide: Close Friendships Between Black and White Americans (2002), and From Black to Biracial (1999).