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Understanding Race, Class, Gender, and Sexuality


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Preface: About the Author: Introduction SECTION I: LAYING THE FOUNDATION Chapter 1. Defining Contested Concepts Chapter 2. A Historical Timeline of Indicators of Oppression SECTION II: A CONCEPTUAL FRAMEWORK--FIVE THEMES Chapter 3. The Story of Margaret Welch: A Case Study Chapter 4. Themes: Historically and Geographically Contextual, Socially Constructed, Power Relations Chapter 5. Themes: Macro and Micro Levels, Simultaneous Expression SECTION III: A RACE, CLASS, GENDER, AND SEXUALITY ANALYSIS OF EDUCATION Chapter 6. A Case Study: Theo Wilson and Lynn Johnson Chapter 7. Education and the American Dream Chapter 8. Themes: Historically and Geographically Contextual, Socially Constructed Chapter 9. Themes: Macro and Micro Level Power Relations, Simultaneously Expressed Chapter 10. Envisioning Social Justice SECTION IV: CASE STUDIES: APPLYING THE FRAMEWORK Case Study 1. Steinem and Walker: Clinton and Obama, Gloria Steinem and Alice Walker Case Study 2. The Valenzuela Family, Leo R. Chavez Case Study 3. "It's Like We Never Been Born": Rebirth on the Mississippi Gulf Coast After Hurricane Katrina, Lynn Weber and Sharon Hanshaw Case Study 4. Getting Off On Feminism, Jason Schultz Websites: Appendix: Historical Timeline References: References: Permission Acknowledgments: Index:

About the Author

Lynn Weber is Professor of Psychology and Women's and Gender Studies at the University of South Carolina.


"Weber is unwavering in her commitment to documenting the intersection of these constructs and she succeeds where others have not. The five themes are invaluable teaching tools and the case studies make for useful discussions in class. The text fills a void in the academic literature. It accomplishes what we, as instructors, all give voice to but are rarely able to achieve--a comprehensive analysis of the intersection of race, class, gender, and sexuality."--Melissa Bonstead-Bruns, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire "Exhaustively researched and lucidly written, this book is a model of intersectional scholarship. Weber brings to life the simultaneous workings of race, class, gender, and sexuality. She goes even further by providing students and professors the tools they need to connect systems of power and inequality. For years I have adopted the first edition of this unique and persuasive book. I would not want to teach my structural inequality course without this text." --Maxine Baca Zinn, Michigan State University "The text is very accessible and clearly presented. Students can really learn how to develop a lens for an intersectional analysis. Focusing on education as a realm for exploration for students is great, since my students have little experience with another formal institution."--Elizabeth Higginbotham, University of Delaware

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