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Readings for Diversity and Social Justice

3.95  ·  Rating Details ·  394 Ratings  ·  28 Reviews
For over ten years, Readings for Diversity and Social Justice has been the go-to anthology for the broadest possible coverage of issues related to identity and oppression from a social justice perspective. This highly-anticipated second edition breaks even further ground, boasting over 40 more readings than previously available, updated and original section introductions, ...more
Paperback, 652 pages
Published January 20th 2010 by Routledge (first published August 13th 1999)
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Apr 25, 2013 Anna rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was for a class and I don't think that anyone would be reading it straight through, but it tends to paint a picture of oppression where there is none if you do. While I know that oppression, racism, sexism and other isms exist, I find that its hard to read about it when I myself choose to move on and work with it or through it. Maybe that's me. Anyway this was for a class not by choice.
Apr 16, 2008 Hugh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
This is one of the more valuable books on my shelf. A wonderful collection of timely and relevant readings that everyone should spend some time pondering.
Dec 16, 2011 Sherry rated it really liked it
Helpful reading, complements the "Teaching" book very well.
Sep 08, 2013 Jordan rated it liked it
Overall, a nice compilation of carefully chosen essays on Racism, Classism, Sexism, Heterosexism, Transgender Oppression, Ableism, and Ageism.

I still do not understand the nuances of the Context, Voices, and Next Steps sections; they all seem to be the same type of writing, and doing the same things? Is that just me? Whatever, I found the book to be informative and engaging, for the most part.

The last section of this book, on turning our newfound knowledge of privilege and oppression into soci
A must-have resource for social justice educators or anyone wishing to further their own understanding of oppression and privilege. The book is a collection of articles and book excerpts on a variety of topics related to diversity and social justice. Not exactly something you read cover-to-cover, but an excellent resource!
Lindsay Allison
Despite the topics being near to my heart, this was yet another textbook that was just too difficult to read and get through. Just because the information is interesting doesn't mean I want to pour over tiny text with nothing to break it up. Presentation is important, people.

Again, the professor didn't require us to actually read so I gave up on this one.
Oct 24, 2008 Shirley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great collection.

The thing that always sticks out in my mind from this collection is the clear visual of breaking out of the norm mentally... the moment of awareness of the reality of oppression and the need for social justice.

Really comprehensive, covering stories from the key social identity groups.
Jul 21, 2015 Ashley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really liked how each section was easy to read but also easy to relate to. The chapters were helpful in opening my eyes to things I would never be able to experience myself, and at the same time showing me what privilege really is. A really good read for my M.A. class!
Nov 22, 2013 Madeline rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I had to read this for my freshman seminar class, and it was the most useless book I have ever read. It was worse than Animal Farm and 1964, both by George Orwell. I couldn't pay attention or focus for the entire book. Definitely the worst book I have ever read.
Dec 12, 2015 Rachel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Important, pertinent reading. Sometimes the sections feel repetitive, outdated, and/or missing some perspective, but the book definitely has important messages, as well as a lot of well-known and lesser-known activist voices, including bell hooks, Cornel West, & others.
Apr 23, 2012 Lisa rated it did not like it
Shelves: non-fiction, school
Had to read this for school and hated it. It shouldn't take a book this large to teach the Golden Rule. Quit being judgmental assholes, people! It's not hard!
Jan 24, 2014 Eric rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First 15 articles I've read have all been excellent. I really like the topic matrix and overall format. Has become a great reference for equity and social justice topics.
May 01, 2011 Marissa rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Great essays and articles on a variety of topics including ableism, racism, sexism, anti-semitism, heterosexism, and classism. I find myself referring to it and recommending it often.
Jan 02, 2015 Jen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A thorough compilation on social justice issues. Newer editions have been updated to include transgender oppression and adultism. A must read and must own item for social justice educators.
Mandi Aubrey
Jun 03, 2015 Mandi Aubrey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
Great anthology!
have to read this for my diversity class. heterosexism?
Jan 25, 2015 Sheila rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: work-related
The only text I remember from grad school. Great collection of essays.
Mar 01, 2015 Brandy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
best text book I've ever read.
Jul 31, 2008 Shelby rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A social justice/diversity primer.
May 07, 2014 Amelia rated it really liked it
Great reference.
Mar 15, 2008 Laurel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Best assigned textbook ever!
My social justice bible of short essays and amazerrrrrrrrrrrrrrrs. YES!
Dec 28, 2016 Pete rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: school
Nice diversity of issues/topics explored; but the excerpted-nature of it creates a cursory feel to it all. The bibliography will still be a nice resource to have, though.
Mar 22, 2016 Karime rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pedagogy
I would recommend this book to a person that does not know anything about people from other cultures, skin tone, religion or different lifestyles but yet is open to learn; whereas, if you're of the belief that just because the U.S. has a black president it means that racism is over, then you will struggle with this book constantly, and most likely you ignore how ANYBODY can be discriminated against based on body weight, age, religion, social class, your accent, etc. If you struggle, I would sugg ...more
it's required for one of my classes but really well put together. theory is nicely balanced with history and personal stories to make this less text-booky.
Dec 02, 2015 Laura rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I did not read this book cover to cover but I did read as much as I had to for my social justice class. Not my favorite textbook ever.
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Professor Emerita at UMass Amherst, Maurianne Adams (Ph.D.) is co-editor/chapter author of Teaching for diversity and social justice (2nd edition, 2007) and the companion volume of readings Readings for diversity and social justice (3rd edition, 2013). She co-edited Strangers and neighbors: Relations between Blacks and Jews in the United States (1999) and edited Promoting Diversity in the College ...more
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