Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Oppression, Privilege, and Resistance: Theoretical Perspectives on Racism, Sexism, and Heterosexism

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Hey folks,

I haven't read this, but have read some of what's in it, and it looks good. I thought I'd put info about it here on the ol' blog. More than many collections of primarily North American writers, this volume is a quite richly multi-cultural and multi-ethnic collection of contributors/theorists/activists. Perhaps weakest in representing people of Asian ethnicities, this book does far more to be inclusive of people of color including a few outside of the U.S. It is written for those with a post-high school level education, and for those who speak English, which obviously leaves out a lot of people. However, this looks to be an excellent anthology on the topics in the title.

You can click here at Powell Books, or on the text title just below to link to its location on Amazon.com, which has a "search this book" feature. Be well. -- Julian

Oppression, Privilege, and Resistance: Theoretical Perspectives on Racism, Sexism, and Heterosexism

This anthology is a philosophical reader on racism, sexism, heterosexism, and classism with a distinct theoretical framework that provides coherence and cohesion to the readings. The book is framed by a model of racism, sexism, heterosexism, and classism that understands these phenomena as interlocking systems of oppression. Resting upon this oppression model are two sets of theories, one concerned with the phenomenon of privilege--the companion of oppression--and the other with resistance--the response to oppression.

The book is unique in that a significant number of readings address the different forms that resistance takes. This section is perhaps the most important part of the book for students, struggling with the questions "what is being done?" and "what can I do?"

A philosophical approach to these phenomena raises some particular kinds of questions that often are not easily raised in nonphilosophical texts. The readings pose ontological questions ("What is race?"), metaphysical ones ("How is an individual's self-identity formed in a social world?"), epistemological ones ("What do members of marginalized groups need to know about dominant groups?"), ethical ones ("What responsibilities do members of privileged groups have not to participate in oppressive practices") and political ones ("What can people do to resist or undermine oppressive systems?") These are the questions that students come into the class asking, though perhaps in slightly different form and not using these philosophical categories. The readings in this anthology give students the language and the thinking tools that enable them to unearth, articulate, and explore those questions for themselves.

This anthology is based on a distinct theoretical framework that provides coherence and cohesion to the readings included, presenting the phenomena of racism, sexism, heterosexism, and classism as interlocking systems of oppression. Resting upon this oppression model are two sets of theories, one concerned with the phenomenon of privilege--the companion of oppression--and the other with resistance--the response to oppression.

The significant number of readings addressing the different forms that resistance takes are perhaps the most important part of the book for students struggling with the questions "What is being done?" and "What can I do?"

Lisa Heldke is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Gustavus Adolphus College, where she also teaches in the Womens Studies Program. She is the author of Exotic Appetites: Ruminations of a Food Adventurer (Routledge 2003) and co-editor of Cooking, Eating, Thinking: Transformative Philosophies of Food (Indiana University Press, 1992).Lisa Heldke and Peg OConnor are co-editors of Philosophers on Holiday, a quarterly ‘zine in the philosophical travel/leisure genre.Peg OConnor is Associate Professor of Womens Studies at Gustavus Adolphus College, where she also teaches in the Department of Philosophy. She is the author of Oppression and Responsibility: A Wittgensteinian Approach to Social Practices and Moral Theory (The Pennsylvania State University Press, 2003) and co-editor of Feminist Interpretations of Ludwig Wittgenstein (The Pennsylvania State University Press, 2003).Lisa Heldke and Peg OConnor are co-editors of Philosophers on Holiday, a quarterly ‘zine in the philosophical travel/leisure genre.

Preface

Part I: Theorizing Oppression

Introduction

Chapter 1: Oppression: General Theories

1. Paulo Freire, Pedagogy of the Oppressed

2. Sandra Lee Bartky, On Psychological Oppression

3. Iris Young, Five Faces of Oppression

Chapter 2: Oppression Axis One: Racism

4. Gloria Yamato, Something About the Subject Makes it Hard to Name

5. bell hooks, overcoming white supremacy: a comment

6. Gertrude Ezorsky, Overt and Institutional Racism

7. Rodolfo Acuna, Occupied America

8. Ward Churchill, Encountering the American Holocaust

9. Ward Churchill, Proposed Convention on Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide (1997)

10. Michael Omi and Howard Winant, Racial Formation

Chapter 3: Oppression Axis Two: Sexism

11. Heidi Hartmann, Towards a Definition of Patriarchy

12. Catharine A. MacKinnon, Difference and Dominance: On Sex Discrimination

13. Carole J. Sheffield, Sexual Terrorism: The Social Control of Women

14. Marilyn Frye, Oppression

15. Michael S. Kimmel, Inequality and Difference

Chapter 4: Oppression Axis Three: Heterosexism/Homophobia

16. Charlotte Bunch, Not for Lesbians Only

17. Timothy Beneke, Homophobia

18. Patrick D. Hopkins, Gender Treachery: Homophobia, Masculinity, and Threatened Identities

19. Cheryl Clarke, The Failure to Transform: Homophobia in the Black Community

20. Suzanne Pharr, Homophobia: A Weapon of Sexism

Chapter 5: Summing Up: Axes of Oppression

21. William Ryan, Blaming the Victim

22. Peg O'Connor, If Everyone Is Responsible, Then Nobody Is

Part II: Theorizing Privilege

Introduction

Chapter 6: Privilege: General Theories

23. Alison Bailey, Privilege: Expanding on Marilyn Frye's "Oppression"

Chapter 7: Privilege Axis One: White Privilege

24. Peggy McIntosh, White Privilege and Male Privilege

25. Doris Davenport, The Pathology of Racism: A Conversation with Third World Wimmin

26. Ruth Frankenberg, White Women, Race Matters

Chapter 8: Privilege Axis Two: Male Privilege

27. John Stoltenberg, How Men Have (a) Sex

28. Alex Walker, Coming Apart

Chapter 9: Privilege Axis Three: Heterosexual Privilege

29. Bruce Ryder, Straight Talk: Male Heterosexual Privilege

30. Devon Carbado, Straight Out of the Closet: Men, Feminism, and Male Heterosexual Privilege

Part III: Complicating Theories of Oppression and Privilege

Introduction

Chapter 10: Challenging Dichotomous Thinking

31. Lewis R. Gordon, Race, Biraciality, and Mixed Race--In Theory

32. Ana Castillo, A Countryless Woman

33. Lisa Tessman and Bat-Ami Bar On, The Other Colors of Whiteness: A Travelogue

34. Francisco Valdes, Notes on the Conflation of Sex, Gender, and Sexual Orientation

35. Anne Fausto Sterling, The Five Sexes: Why Male and Female Are Not Enough

Chapter 11: Recognizing Multiple Axes of Oppression

36. Elizabeth V. Spelman, GenderandRace: The Ampersand Problem in Feminist Thought

37. Edna Bonacich, Inequality in America

38. Marlon Riggs, Black Macho Revisited

39. June Jordan, Report from the Bahamas

Chapter 12: Being Both Privileged and Oppressed

40. Patricia Hill Collins, Toward a New Vision: Race, Class, and Gender as Categoris of Analysis and Connection

41. Timothy Beneke, Gay Sexism

42. Audre Lorde, Age, Race, Class, and Sex: Women Redefining Difference

Part IV: Theorizing Resistance

Introduction

Chapter 13: Resistance Strategy One: Education

43. Lawrence Blum, Antiracism, Multiculturalism, and Interracial Community

44. Katha Pollitt, Why We Read: Canon to the Right Of Me...

45. Tia Cross, Freada Klein, Barbara Smith, Beverly Smith, Face to Face, Day to Day--Racism CR

46. Paul Carlo Hornacek, Anti-Sexist Consciousness-Raising Groups for Men

47. Leonard Schein, Dangers with Men's Consciousness-Raising Groups

Chapter 14: Resistance Strategy Two: Disloyalty/Disobedience/Traitorousness

48. Noel Ignatiev, Treason to Whiteness Is Loyalty to Humanity

49. Vine Deloria, Jr., Indian Humor

Chapter 15: Resistance Strategy Three: Separatism and Identity Politics

50. James Boggs, Black Power: A Scientific Concept Whose Time Has Come

51. Cheryl Clarke, Lesbianism: An Act of Resistance

52. Combahee River Collective, A Black Feminist Statement

54. Marilyn Frye, Willful Virgin or Do You Have to Be a Lesbian to Be a Feminist?

Chapter 16: Resistance Strategy Four: Revolution

55. James Cone, Toward a Constructive Definition of Black Power

56. Pat Parker, Revolution: It's Not Neat or Pretty or Quick

57. bell hooks, Feminist Revolution: Development Through Struggle

58. Harry Hay, Toward the New Frontiers of Fairy Vision...

Chapter 17: Resistance Strategy Five: Coalition

59. Elly Bulkin, Breaking a Cycle

60. Manning Marable, Beyond Racial Identity Politics: Toward a Liberation Theory for Multicultural Democracy

61. Mari J. Matsuda, Standing Beside My Sister, Facing the Enemy

Chapter 18: Resistance Strategy Six: Neither/Nor

62. Gloria Anzaldua, La Consciencia de la Mestiza: Towards a New Consciousness

63. Harry Hay, Our Third Gender Responsibilities

64. Karin Baker, Bisexual Feminist Politics: Because Bisexuality Is not Enough

65. Kate Bornstein, This Quiet Revolution

Product Details

ISBN:
9780072882438
Subtitle:
Theoretical Perspectives on Racism, Sexism, and Heterosexism
Publisher:
McGraw-Hill Companies
Author:
O'Connor, Peg
Author:
Heldke, Lisa
Publication Date:
December 2003
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English

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