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Privilege: A Reader

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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 multif ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published December 22nd 2009 by Westview Press (first published January 24th 2003)
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Howie Kahekili
Privilege explores the concept of whom, what, how, and why the term privilege came about within societies all around the world. This book comprises of different essays from scholarly authors in pertains to the importance of social justice. It is edgy but informs its readers about the flaws of American society. For example, there are many checklists or lists within this book that talks about Black Male Privilege or the difference between a "white terrorists" and "other terrorists." The comparison ...more
Tyler
Oct 19, 2014 Tyler rated it really liked it
Thorough and cutting edge reader. An academically oriented, intersectional analysis from many authors in a variety of disciplines on various states or degrees of "privilege" of being white, middle-class male, heterosexual, etc.
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Dec 24, 2015 Joel D rated it it was amazing
I started this book as someone familiar with identity politics, but wanting to learn more and understand better what role I can play in opposing oppression. I got what I needed (or at least some of it). The essays are challenging and provocative and look at issues of intersectionality, privilege and oppression from many different angles.

As a white man I found this book particularly useful because I feel it is to an extent aimed at me, with writers sharing relatable experiences of working from a
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Antonia
Sep 11, 2014 Antonia rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Great concept. Too much focus on males.
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Michael Scott Kimmel is an American sociologist, specializing in gender studies. He is among the leading researchers and writers on men and masculinity in the world today. The author or editor of more than twenty volumes, his books include The Politics of Manhood, and The History of Men (2005).

His documentary history, "Against the Tide: Pro-Feminist Men in the United States, 1776-1990" (Beacon, 19
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“To be white, or straight, or male, or middle class is to be simultaneously ubiquitious and invisible. You’re everywhere you look, you’re the standard against which everyone else is measured. You’re like water, like air. People will tell you they went to see a “woman doctor” or they will say they went to see “the doctor.” People will tell you they have a “gay colleague” or they’ll tell you about a colleague. A white person will be happy to tell you about a “Black friend,” but when that same person simply mentions a “friend,” everyone will assume the person is white. Any college course that doesn’t have the word “woman” or “gay” or “minority” in its title is a course about men, heterosexuals, and white people. But we call those courses “literature,” “history” or “political science.”

This invisibility is political.”
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