Book details

Privilege

A Reader

Edited by Michael S. Kimmel, Edited by Abby L. Ferber

About the Book

Privilege is about more than being white, wealthy, and male—as Michael Kimmel, Abby Ferber, and a range of contributors make clear in this timely anthology. In an era when “diversity” is too often shorthand for “of color” and/or “female,” the personal and analytical essays in this collection explore the multifaceted nature of social location and consider how gender, class, race, sexual orientation, (dis)ability, and religion interact to create nuanced layers of privilege and oppression. The individual essays—taken together—guide students to a deep understanding of the dynamics of diversity and stratification, advantage, and power.

The fourth edition features thirteen new essays that help students understand the intersectional nature of privilege and oppression and has new introductory essays to contextualize the readings. These enhancements, plus the updated pedagogical features of discussion questions and activities at the end of each section, encourage students to examine their own beliefs, practices, and social location.

About the Author

Michael S. Kimmel is Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Gender Studies at Stony Brook University where he directs the Center for the Study of Men and Masculinities. He is the author of Guyland: The Perilous World Where Boys Become Men (2008) and Angry White Men (2014).  His other books include Changing Men (1987), Men’s Lives (8th edition, 2009) Against the Tide: Profeminist Men in the United States, 1776-1990 (1992), The Politics of Manhood (1996), Manhood: A Cultural History, and The Gendered Society. He co-edited The Encyclopedia on Men and Masculinities (2004) and Handbook of Studies on Men and Masculinities (2004).  He is the founder and editor of Men and Masculinities, the field’s premier scholarly journal, a book series on Gender and Sexuality at New York University Press, and edited the Sage Series on Men and Masculinities.  He lectures extensively in corporations and on campuses in the U.S. and abroad.  He lives in Brooklyn, New York with his wife and co-author, Amy Aronson and their son, Zachary.


Abby L. Ferber is Professor of Sociology and Women's and Ethnic Studies, and associate Director of the Matrix Center for the Advancement of Social Equity and Inclusion at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. Her many authored, coauthored, and edited books include White Man Falling: Race, Gender, and White Supremacy, Hate Crime in America: What Do We Know? and The New Basics: Sex, Gender and Sexuality. She is also co-organizer of the national White Privilege Conference and the Knapsack Institute, and editor of the online open access journal Understanding and Dismantling Privilege.

Reviews

Praise for Prior Editions
“The diverse voices found in this book would add a unique and thought-provoking perspective to any undergraduate course examining the many aspects of oppression.” —MultiCultural Review

“This is a superb collection of work at the vanguard of a resurgent interest in how privilege works across a wide range of human experience. Kimmel and Ferber have skillfully knit together a coherent picture of otherwise unexamined and under-theorized ‘connections' in a dauntingly vast and fragmented literature.” —Troy Duster, New York University

“This excellent anthology forcefully illustrates how bigotry based on ethnic, racial, gender, and sexual stereotyping confines and blights the lives of those deemed ‘inferior.' I'd like to see this book assigned in every high school and college campus in the country.” —Martin Duberman, Distinguished Professor of History Emeritus, CUNY

“Finally a book on how the other half (or less) lives, and how their status, power and way of life is related to the debasing and suffering of others. This volume will start to bring some semblance of balance to the study of inequality and injustice in the United States.” —Pedro Noguera, Harvard University