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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 provide students with opportunities to delve further into the topics covered and help create full and nuanced discussions, grounded in the “real world” work of public and applied sociologists.
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Chapter 5: Intersections
Race, class, gender, and sexuality intersect within each of us and throughout society to create overlapping patterns of inequality. Our identities incorporate all of these aspects of ourselves. In turn, our status in society relates to all of them as well. For example, as sociologist Patricia Hill Collins (2000) explains, the impact of class, gender, and sexuality on individuals and groups cannot be understood in isolation from the effects of race. She describes the relationship among these identities as intersectionality. The pieces in this final section reveal the connections among these various identities and demonstrate how these sociologists in action tackle issues of intersectional inequality.
In, “Social Movements and Activist Sociology,” Charles Derber describes his career as an activist and sociologist interested in issues of ...