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by Diana Kendall

This unique book was written to provide readers with a variety of perspectives on the interlocking nature of race, class, and gender at the micro- and macro- levels of society. This book provides articles that demonstrate the interconnectedness of these three systems of inequality. All articles were selected with two purposes in mind: (1) to reflect the diversity that is life in the United States today and, whenever possible, (2) to show how people are affected by the intertwining nature of race, class, and gender in daily life. Most articles are reprints of complete journal articles or entire chapters from recent books. Readers gain an in-depth look at the history, theory, and methods that inform social science research on pressing social issues, such as diversity and inequalities based on race, class, and gender.

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ISBN: 0205198287
ISBN13: 978-0205198283
Category: Politics
Subcategory: Social Sciences
Author: Diana Kendall
Language: English
Publisher: Pearson; 1 edition (November 15, 1996)
Pages: 464 pages
ePUB size: 1778 kb
FB2 size: 1793 kb
Rating: 4.4
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The book is a collection of articles, book excerpts, etc, from some of today's "leading intellectual thinkers" on the subjects of Race, Class, and Gender. Sadly, it was written to be used as a textbook for use in a college course on the subject of diversity.
I say sadly because it argues solely for the view that whites (men in particular) are racist and oppressive, whether they know it or not, and that all people of color and white women are oppressed. Any material that is cited as corroborating evidence that their claims are true is discussed from the viewpoint that any such material is correct and does not need examination. There are articles that discuss "findings" and what they mean but never is the actual data included.
All the views on race/gender stem from a distorted and limited view of class developed early in the book concerning Marxism. They assert that class is made of 2 groups, the worker and the ruling (traditionally called proletariat/bourgeoisie). Of the ruling class (bourgeoisie) it is said they control all the means of Production, Education, Justice, etc..., and that all values in a society are the values of the ruling class and seek only to further the interests of the ruling class and are consequently thrust upon the worker class. Of the worker class (proletariat) it is only mentioned that Marx said they would rebel and upon defeating the ruling class they would develop a more egalitarian society.
With this "understanding" they apply the 2 group, oppressor/oppressed, majority/minority model, to the issue of race. Keeping what was stated as characteristic of the ruling class (controls all means of Production, Education, Justice, all values in a society are the values of the ruling class and seek only to further their interests) they assign the white race the role of oppressor. In this model whites are slated to be the aggressor that must be overcome. Then they do something that defies all intellectual honesty and completely undermines their credibility, as if they had any by proposing such a simplistic view of the world already.
They define the oppressed class as consisting of ALL WHITE WOMEN AND ALL PEOPLE OF COLOR. This defies logic because anything that benefits white men will naturally benefit white women. Plantation owners were wealthy and owned slaves. Their wives lived lives of incomparable luxury as a result and even avoided raising their own children by having a black slave woman (a mammy) look after, care for, essentially raise their white children for them while they pursued social activities for their own pleasure. Though this is true only of a plantation owners wife. Nearly all white people never owned a slave, nor were they wealthy, and lived harsh lives by anyone's estimation. What about those whites. The authors of any of the articles would probably say they still benefited in some way or another and in some of the articles actually do assert this was the case. Evidence of this is seen as unnecessary and no discussion is provided or wanted concerning this portion of the issue.
They then examine the issue of gender (correctly called sex ). Using the same model and keeping all the qualities imbued to that of their respective classes, they assign men to the role of oppressor and women to oppressed. If you bear in mind that of the oppressor class it is said "all values in a society are the values of the ruling (oppressor) class and these values seek only to benefit them," you can understand why feminists believe a single mother household to be superior, or at least as good as, to that of a 2 parent father-in household. No evil oppressing man around to imbue our children with those values that only benefit men. Then if Marx was right, lacking those values that oppress, we will create a more egalitarian society. Equality for everyone!! What simplistic drivel.
If you are buying this to use as a textbook in a course that requires it, drop the course and find another that doesn't deal with diversity, they all approach the subject the same way.
If you're buying this for any other reason, buy it used and cheap and only because you want to understand where the diversity crowd has went wrong. There is no truth, no understanding, no common sense to be found here. God save us all!
I was assigned this book and read selected articles from it in a course regarding race, class, and gender. Contrary to the first review given on this book, I did not find there to be an inherent "anti-male" bias. This book helps give the reader insight into research being done on issues of R,C, and G; often Kendall includes opposing viewpoints on a particular subject so as to illustrate the current debate going on in the field.
It is very thorough in demonstrating the arbitrary nature of our social constructs of race, class, and gender; how people who fall in distinct categories within these constructs view their status; and then leaves it up to the reader to make their own decision on the topic.
I highly recommend this book as part of an on-going study of R,C, & G issues in the U.S. today.
This is a well composed collection of articles that gives a very thorough glimpse of our society and the problems that the social constructs of race, class, and gender provide. This reader provides a nice balance of issues and does not focus too much on any one problem.
My personal favorite was an article about cosmetic surgery. The authors challenge the assumptions that it is natural for women to have cosmetic surgery, that there is one set view of "beauty," and that a woman's body is always in need of repair.
This reader is all about challenging assumptions. If you would like a more accurate view of the world, I would highly recommend this book. It certainly opened my eyes.
I actually read this before I took a class with Dr. Kendall. I enjoyed the book because it's about exposing what we know, but are afraid to admit. All of her books are based on research, interviews, and some personal experiences. You have to take into account that this book was written for people that are beggining their studies in Sociology. This book is good for people who want an insight into how our race, class and gender play a role in identity politics. If you do not have a background or interest in Sociology, this probably is not the book for you.
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In my recent study of sociology, I read this book for a Race, Class, and Gender course. It provided supplemental information to a course that helped students develop an understanding of the constructs of race, class, and gender in a modern society. The reader provided a cultural mix of authors on broad topics concerning race, class, and gender as they pertain to American Society today. I would highly reccomend this book, as it has helped me not only in my undergraduate studies, but it will continue to help as I begin writing a thesis on how race, class, and gender effect the socialization of America's children.
After reading this book for a college course in Sociology, I found it thought provoking, informative, and an excellent source for stimulating class discussions. The compilation of articles help me better understand the issues of race, class, and gender confonted in society today. The diverse collection of articles helped me as a student form my own opinions about current issues in society while making me aware of situations and concerns occuring in other areas of the country. I highly recommend this book whether it is for a class or to simply gain a greater understanding of our society.
Diana Kendall has put together a fine collection on structures of race, class, and gender in the United States. The articles are well-balanced - from how "whites" learn that they are "white" to how sports reinforce many gender stereotypes. I have found that this reader works extremely well in the classroom, especially in leading students to ask new questions about race, class, and gender in contemporary society. For anyone interested in bettering their view of society, I highly recommend this text.