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Sociologists in Action on Inequalities

Sociologists in Action on Inequalities
Race, Class, Gender, and Sexuality

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May 2014 | 208 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

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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1. Race
Amplifying the Youth Voice of the Food Justice Movement with Film: Action Media Projects and Participatory Media Production

Michael Cermak
Place and Race: Cultural Democracy and Reclaiming Public Space

Diane Grams
Social Movements in Action: Combating Environmental Racism on a Native American Reservation

Brandon Hofstedt
When Resilience is Not Enough: Recovery, Privilege, and Hurricane Katrina

Pamela Jenkins
Living the DREAM: Race, Privilege, and DREAMs of a Brighter Future

Joshua Warren
Bridging the Campus and the Community: Blogging about the Asian American Experience

C.N. Le
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2. Class
Confronting Slavery with the Tools of Sociology

Kevin Bales
From Magazine Publishing to Homelessness, From Public Housing Research to Congressional Testimony

Deirdre Oakley
An Accidental Activist: My Stumble Upon Sociology

Bria Wilbur
Putting a New Theory of Philanthropy Into Practice: Challenges and Opportunities

Susan A. Ostrander
Localizing International Human Rights: Engaging with the World Social Forum Process

Jackie Smith
Housing and HIV/AIDS: A Tale of Academic, Provider, Advocacy, and Public Policy Collaboration

Angela Aidala
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3. Gender
Breast Cancer Activism: Learning to Write Collaboratively for Social Change

Amy Lubitow
Honor Killings: Murder of Mores, Mores of Murder

Mazhar Bagli
Speaking Out for Social Justice: Sociology and Cultural Transformation

Brian Klocke
On Becoming a Public Sociologist: Amplifying Women’s Voices in the Quest for Environmental Justice

Tracy Perkins
Talking the Talk and Walking the Walk: Linking Research and Action on Domestic Violence

Margaret Abraham
Transforming Rape Culture on a College Campus: Using Peer Advocacy for Social Change

Linda Olson
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4. Sexuality
Being an Academic Ally: Gender Justice for Sex Workers

Crystal A. Jackson
Disrupting a Narrative: Developing a New Discourse of Empowerment for LGBT People of Color

Juan Battle and Antonio (Jay) Pastrana
Indian Blood: Two-Spirit Cultural Dissolution, Mixed-Race Identity, and Sexuality---A Journey of Return

Andrew Jolivette
Sex Work and Sex Trafficking: Influencing State Policy on a Complex Social Issue

Jennifer J. Reed
From Damaged Goods to Empowered Patients

Adina Nack
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5. Intersections
Social Movements and Activist Sociology

Charles Derber
How Refugee Girls Change the World (and How You Can Too)

Laura Boutwell
Becoming a Sociologist in Action through Theory and Practice: A Personal Journey

Nancy Mezey
Using Sociology to Increase Citizen Participation in a Medium-Sized Midwestern City

Michael Stout
Knowledgeable Power and Powerful Knowledge: Research and Organizing for Educational and Social Justice

Mark R. Warren
Learning from Each Other’s Struggles

Laurence Cox
Taking it to the Streets: Addressing Inequalities through the Human Rights Cities Movement

Shelley K. White and Dottie Stevens
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About the Editors

I like Newman's book better.

Dr Henry Bartlett
History, Philosophy & Social Sciences, SUNY Broome
April 8, 2015

Still trying to determine if book would work as a supplemental text for Social Problems class, to be taught Fall 2015. It wouldn't work as well for the Introduction to Sociology course.

Liza Kuecker
Social Sciences, Western New Mexico University
February 27, 2015

It provides a wide array of information concerning diversity in society.

Dr Kimmery Newsom
Sch Of Family Stds Human Svcs, Kansas State University
December 31, 2014

It's fascinating but too sophisticated for my students.

Ms Aegina Barnes
Foreign Lang Esl Human Dept, Cuny York College
August 26, 2014

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 1

Shelley K. White

Shelley K. White, PhD, MPH, is a sociologist and 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... More About Author

Jonathan Michael White

Jonathan M. White, PhD, is director of the Bentley Service Learning Center and associate professor of sociology at Bentley University in Massachusetts. His primary areas of specialization are inequality, poverty, globalization, human rights, and public sociology. Dr. White has received numerous teaching and humanitarian awards. He is the founding director of Sports for Hunger, the Hunger Resource Center, and the Halloween for Hunger, We are Silent, and Pass-the-Fast campaigns. He serves on the board of directors for Free The Children, Peace Through Youth, Me to We, and the Graduation Pledge Alliance.... More About Author

Kathleen Odell Korgen

Kathleen Odell Korgen is Professor of Sociology at William Paterson University, a comprehensive university in Wayne, New Jersey. Kathleen enjoys teaching her students that sociology is a remarkably useful discipline and highlights how “Sociologists in Action” make a positive impact on society. Her published works on race relations and racial identity include From Black to Biracial, Crossing the Racial Divide, Multiracial Americans and Social Class, Race Policy and Multiracial Americans. Her teaching texts, in addition to Sociology in Action, include Our Social World,  The Engaged Sociologist,  Sociologists in Action, ,... More About Author

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