The Meaning of Difference: American Constructions of Race, Sex and Gender, Social Class, Sexual Orientation, and Disability

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The Meaning of Difference focuses on the social construction of difference as it operates in American formulations of race and ethnicity, sex and gender, social class, sexual orientation, and disability. The conceptual structure of this text-reader comes from four framework essays addressing the construction of difference, the experience of difference, the social meaning of difference, and social action that might bridge differences. Each framework essay is followed by a set of readings selected for readability, conceptual depth, and applicability to a variety of statuses. Boxed inserts throughout offer first-person accounts from real people, many of them students. This edition features an expanded focus on disability and 29 new readings, including articles on how immigration is transforming the nature of American race and ethnic categories, the changing shape of higher education, and the experience of Americans of Middle-Eastern descent.

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Now includes more readings, twenty-seven of which are new to this edition, including readings on Native Americans, readings on disability, and increased attention to transgendered people.
Increased pedagogy, including a glossary at the end of each framework essay, makes the material more accessible to students.
A new Instructor's Manual offers suggestions for teaching this intrinsically difficult material.
The text-reader is divided into three parts, (1) Constructing Categories of Difference; (2) Experiencing Difference; and (3) The Meaning of Difference, each part opening with a Framework Essay in which the authors provide a conceptual framework for analyzing the subsequent readings.
Provides an integrated analysis of race, sex and gender, social class, and sexual orientation, with equal attention given to each topic, and provides an analysis that can be extended to other master statuses.
Boxed inserts throughout the book offer first-person accounts from 'real' people, many of them students themselves, to make the material more meaningful for students.
Includes a chapter devoted to an accessible discussion of the key court cases affecting the rights of race, sex, social class, sexual orientation, and language minorities, identifying key issues in each court case to maximize students' understanding.

About the Author:

Karen E. Rosenblum is Associate Professor of Sociology and Vice President for University Life at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. She is a former Director of Women’s Studies and the Women’s Studies Research and Resource Center and a faculty member in Cultural Studies. Professor Rosenblum received her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Colorado, Boulder. Her areas of research and teaching include sex and gender, language, and deviance.

Toni-Michelle C. Travis is Associate Professor of Government and Politics at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. She is also a faculty member in the Women’s Studies and African American Studies Programs. Professor Travis received her Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Chicago. Her areas of research and teaching include race and gender in political participation, and urban politics. She has served as the President of the National Capital Area Political Science Association and the Women’s Caucus of the American Political Science Association. She hosts Capital Regional Roundtable, a cable television show, and is a frequent commentator on Virginia politics.

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