The readings assigned for each class session are listed below. Questions for each session’s readings are available on the Study Materials page.
[RCG] = Andersen, Margaret L., and Patricia Hill Collins. Race, Class and Gender. 4th ed. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth, 2000. ISBN: 9780534568924.
[Legacies] = Bogarad, Carley Rees, Lynne Crockett, and Jan Zlotnik Schmidt. Legacies: Fiction, Poetry, Drama, Nonfiction. Boston, MA: Wadsworth, 2008. ISBN: 9781428206298.
Bourgois, Philippe. In Search of Respect: Selling Crack in El Barrio. New York, NY: Cambridge University Press, 2002. ISBN: 9780521017114.
[SocLit] = Coser, Lewis. Sociology Through Literature. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, 1972. ISBN: 9780138215385.
[SCRE] = Ferrante, Joan, and Prince Browne, Jr. The Social Construction of Race and Ethnicity in the United States. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson/Prentice Hall, 2001. ISBN: 9780130283238.
[Body] = Lock, Margaret, and Judith Farquhar. Beyond the Body Proper: Reading the Anthropology of Material Life. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2007. ISBN: 9780822338451.
[RES] = Nagel, Joane. Race, Ethnicity and Sexuality: Intimate Intersections, Forbidden Frontiers. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2003. ISBN: 9780195127478.
Pascoe, C. J. Dude, You’re a Fag: Masculinity and Sexuality in High School. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 2007. ISBN: 9780520252301.
Rhodes, Lorna A. Total Confinement: Madness and Reason in the Maximum Security Prison. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 2004. ISBN: 9780520240766.
[CDUS] = Susser, Ida, and Thomas C. Patterson. Cultural Diversity in the United States: A Critical Reader. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell, 2001. ISBN: 9780631222132.
|1||Introduction to Course|
|2||Studying Identity and Difference: Concepts||
Pascoe, pp. 1-174.
Davis, Natalie Zemon. “Boundaries and the Sense of Self in Sixteenth-Century France.” In Heller, Thomas C., Morton Sosna, and David E. Wellbery. Reconstructing Individualism: Autonomy, Individuality, and the Self in Western Thought. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 1986. ISBN: 9780804712910.
Mead, George Herbert. “The Self, the I, and the Me.” In Lemert, Charles. Social Theory: The Multicultural & Classic Readings. Boulder, CO: Westview, 2009. ISBN: 9780813343921.
Bentham, Jeremy. “ Of the Principle of Utility .” The Principles of Morals and Legislation, 1789.
Wade, Nicholas. “ Human Culture, an Evolutionary Force .” New York Times, March 1, 2010.
|3||Analytic Perspectives: Bodies||
Gordon, Linda. “Social Purity and Eugenics.” Woman’s Body, Woman’s Right: A Social History of Birth Control in America. New York, NY: Penguin, 1990. ISBN: 9780140131277.
Gould, Stephen J. “Measuring Bodies.” The Mismeasure of Man. New York, NY: W.W. Norton & Co., 1996. ISBN: 9780393314250.
[Body] Schmidt, Matthew, and Lisa Jean Moore. “Constructing a ‘Good Catch’, Picking a Winner: The Development of Technosemen and the Deconstruction of the Monolithic Male.”
Kondo, Dorinne. “On Being a Conceptual Anomaly.” Crafting Selves: Power, Gender, and Discourses of Identity in a Japanese Workplace. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago, 1990. ISBN: 9780226450445.
Pascoe, Peggy. “Miscegenation Law, Court Cases, and Ideologies of ‘Race’ in 20th-Century America.” In Ruiz, Vicki, and Ellen Carol DuBois. Unequal Sisters: An Inclusive Reader in US Women’s History. New York, NY: Routledge, 2007. ISBN: 9780415958417.
Springen, Karen, and David Noonan. “ Sperm Banks Go Online .” Newsweek, April 21, 2003.
Fisher, Ian. “ Bill Would Govern Use of Dead Men’s Sperm .” New York Times, March 7, 1998.
Harmon, Amy. “ First Comes the Baby Carriage .” New York Times, October 13, 2005.
Alvarez, Lizette. “ Spreading Scandinavian Genes, Without Viking Boats .” New York Times, September 30, 2004.
Plotz, David. “ Who’s Your Daddy? ” New York Times, May 19, 2005.
Simons, Marlise. “ French Uproar Over Right to Death for Unborn .” New York Times, October 19, 2001.
Daley, Suzanne. “ France Bans Damages for ‘Wrongful Births’ .” New York Times, January 10, 2002.
|4||Analytic Perspectives: What is “Identity?” “Difference?”||
Bourgois, pp. 1-173.
[Legacies] Díaz, Junot. “Fiesta 1980.” Originally in Díaz, Junot. Drown. New York, NY: Riverhead Books, 1996. ISBN: 9781573220415.
“ Scandinavia and Ibn Fadlan .” MuslimHeritage.com, February 2, 2007.
|5||Analytic Perspectives: Deviance||
Bourgois, pp. 174-337.
Durkheim, Emile. “The Normal and the Pathological.” In Clarke, Edward J., and Delos H. Kelly. Deviant Behavior. New York, NY: Worth Publishers, 2008. ISBN: 9781429205184.
LaFraniere, Sharon. “ A Miniature World Magnifies Dwarf Life .” New York Times, March 3, 2010.
Itzkoff, Dave. “’ Family Guy’, Palin, and the Limits of Laughter .” New York Times, February 19, 2010.
|6||Deviance and Stigma: The Outer Limits of Identity||Rhodes, pp. 1-224.|
[RES] “Introduction: Sex matters: Racing Sex and Sexing Race,” “Ethnosexual Frontiers: Cruising and Crossing Intimate Intersections,” “Constructing Ethnicity and Sexuality: Building Boundaries and Identities,” “Sex and Race: The Color of Sex in America,” “Sex and Nationalism: Sexually Imagined Communities.”
[RES] “Sex and Conquest.”
[Body] Pedersen, Susan. “National Bodies, Unspeakable Acts: The Sexual Politics of Colonial Policy Making.”
[Body] Abelove, Henry. “Some Speculations on the History of ‘Sexual Intercourse’ During the ‘Long Eighteenth Century’ in England.”
[RCG] Takagi, Dana. “Maiden Voyage: Excursion into Sexuality and Identity Politics in Asian America.”
Bumiller, Elisabeth. “ Repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Policy Filed in Senate .” New York Times, March 3, 2010.
Boylan, Jennifer Finney. “ Is My Marriage Gay? ” New York Times, May 11, 2009.
Rudnick, Paul. “Don’t Ask Me.” New Yorker, March 22, 2010.
Laqueur, Thomas. “Orgasm, Generation, and the Politics of Reproductive Biology.” In Lancaster, Roger N., & Micaela di Leonardo. The Gender Sexuality Reader: Culture, History, Political Economy. New York, NY: Routledge, 1997. ISBN: 9780415910057.
Willis, Paul. “Masculinity and Factory Labor.” Originally in Clarke, John, et al. Working-Class Culture: Studies in History and Theory. London, England: Hutchinson, 1979. ISBN: 9780312889784. In Alexander, Steven, and Jeffrey Seidman. Culture and Society: Contemporary Debates. New York, NY: Cambridge University Press, 1990. ISBN: 9780521359399.
Cohn, Carol. “Wars, Wimps, and Women: Talking Gender and Thinking War.” In Kimmel, Michael S. The Gendered Society Reader. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2010. ISBN: 9780199733712.
Lucal, Betsy. “What it Means to be Gendered Me: Life on the Boundaries of a Dichotomous Gender System.” Gender and Society 13 (1999): 781-797.
Stolke, Verena. “Invaded Women.” In Hendricks, Margo, and Patricia Parker. Women, “Race” and Writing in the Early Modern Period. New York, NY: Routledge, 1994. ISBN: 9780415077781.
Kapsalis, Terri. “Mastering the Female Pelvis: Race and the Tools of Reproduction.” Public Privates: Performing Gynaecology from Both Ends of the Speculum. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 1997. ISBN: 9780822319214.
Bordo, Susan. “Anorexia Nervosa: Psychopathology as the Crystallization of Culture.” In Counihan, Carole, and Penny Van Esterik. Food and Culture: A Reader. New York, NY: Routledge, 2008. ISBN: 9780415977777.
Tsing, Anna. “Monster Stories: Women Charged with Perinatal Endangerment.” In Ginsburg, Faye, and Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing. Uncertain Terms: Negotiating Gender in American Culture. Boston, MA: Beacon Press, 1992. ISBN: 9780807046135.
Kendall, Lori. “‘Oh No! I’m a Nerd!’: Hegemonic Masculinity on an Online Forum.” Gender and Society 14 (2000): 256-274.
Pyke, Karen D., and Denise L. Johnson. “Asian American Women and Racialized Femininities: ‘Doing’ Gender Across Cultural Worlds.” Gender and Society 17 (2003): 33-53.
Glaberson, William. “ For Transgender People, Name is a Message .” New York Times, January 24, 2010.
Brown, Patricia Leigh. “ A Quest for a Restroom That’s Neither Men’s Room Nor Women’s Room .” New York Times, March 4, 2005.
|10||Religion; Social Class||
Jacobson, Shari. “Modernity, Conservative Religious Movements and the Female Subject: Newly Ultraorthodox Sephardi Women in Buenos Aires.” American Anthropologist 108 (2006): 336-346.
Rouse, Carolyn, and Janet Hoskins. “Purity, Soul Food, and Sunni Islam: Explorations at the Intersection of Consumption and Resistance.” Cultural Anthropology 19 (2004): 226-249.
[SocLit] Orwell, George. “The Pecking Order of a Restaurant,” 1933. “The Lower Classes Smell,” 1937.
[RCG] Mantsios, Gregory. “Media Magic: Making Class Invisible.”
[RCG] Zinn, Maxine Baca, and D. Stanley Eitzen. “Economic Restructuring and Systems of Inequality at Century’s End.”
[RCG] VanderStaay, Steven. “The Armstrongs: an Oral History.”
[RCG] Newman, Katherine. “Working Poor, Working Hard.”
[SocLit] Orwell, George. “Shooting an Elephant,” 1945.
[Legacies] Vonnegut, Jr., Kurt. “Harrison Bergeron.”
Malamud, Bernard. “The Jewbird.” In Cassill, R. V. The Norton Anthology of Short Fiction. 1st ed. New York, NY: W. W. Norton, 1978. ISBN: 9780393090727.
[RCG] Takaki, Ronald T. “A Different Mirror.” Originally in Takaki, Ronald R. A Different Mirror: A History of Multicultural America. Boston, MA: Back Bay Books, 2008. ISBN: 9780316022361.
[RCG] Ferber, Abby L. “ What White Supremacists Taught a Jewish Scholar About Identity .” Originally in The Chronicle of Higher Education, May 7, 1999.
[RCG] Cofer, Judith Ortiz. “The Myth of the Latin Woman: I Just Met a Girl Named María.”
[RCG] Moraga, Cherríe. “La Güera.” Originally in Moraga, Cherríe, and Gloria Anzaldúa. This Bridge Called My Back: Radical Writings by Women of Color. New York, NY: Kitchen Table Press, 1983. ISBN: 9780913175187.
[CDUS] Biolsi, Thomas. “Contemporary Native American Struggles.”
Zia, Helen. “Gangsters, Gooks, Geishas and Geeks.” In Schaefer, Richard T. Racial and Ethnic Groups. 9th ed. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson/Prentice Hall, 2004. ISBN: 9780130418692.
[SCRE] “Constitution of the State of California, Article XIX: Chinese.”
[SCRE] Gould, Stephen Jay. “Science and Jewish Immigration.”
[Body] Cosgrove, Stuart. “The Zoot Suit and Style Warfare.”
Omi, Michael, and Howard Winant. “Racial Formation.” Racial Formation in the United States: From the 1960s to the 1990s. New York, NY: Routledge, 1994. ISBN: 9780415908641.
Smedley, Audrey. “‘Race’ and the Construction of Human Identity.” American Anthropologist 100 (1999): 690-702.
[SCRE] U.S. Office of Management and Budget. “Federal Statistical Directive No. 15: Race and Ethnic Standards for Federal Statistics and Administrative Reporting.”
[SCRE] Jensen, Robert. “White Privilege Shapes the U.S.” and “More Thoughts on Why the System of White Privilege is Wrong.”
[SCRE] Jefferson, Thomas. “Letter From Thomas Jefferson: Virginia’s Definition of a Mulatto.”
Du Bois, W. E. B. “The Philadelphia Negro: A Social Study,” 1899. “ The Souls of Black Folk ,” 1903. In Farganis, James. Readings in Social Theory: The Classic Tradition to Post-Modernism. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill, 2010. ISBN: 9780078111556.
[Legacies] Jacobs, Harriet. “Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl.”
Nixon, Ron. “ DNA Tests Find Branches but Few Roots .” New York Times, November 25, 2007.
Potok, Mark, et al. “ The Geography of Hate .” New York Times, November 25, 2007.
Saulny, Susan. “ With New Homes, Town Makes Amends for Its Bias .” New York Times, March 10, 2010.
Wise, Tim. “ Imagine: Protest, Insurgency, and the Workings of White Privilege .” April 25, 2010.
|14||Race, Gender, Ethnicity I||
[CDUS] Merry, Sally. “Racialized Identities and the Law.”
[SocLit] Brown, Claude. “Everybody White She Saw Was Mr. Charlie.”
[SocLit] Johnson, James Weldon. “To be a Negro.”
[SocLit] Twain, Mark. “Huck Breaks the White Code.”
[SocLit] Wright, Richard. “The Price of Keeping One’s Place.”
[RCG] Anderson, Elijah. “The Police and the Black Male.”
[RCG] Dyson, Michael. “The Plight of Black Men.”
[SCRE] Zinn, Howard. “Persons of Mean and Vile Condition.”
Pollock, Mica. “Race Bending: ‘Mixed’ Youth Practicing Strategic Racialization in California.” Anthropology & Education Quarterly 35 (2004): 30-52.
Rotimi, Charles N. “Genetic Ancestry Tracing and the African Identity: A Double-Edged Sword?” Developing World Bioethics 3 (2003): 151-158.
|15||Race, Gender, Ethnicity II||
Cole, Johnnetta Betsch, and Beverly Guy-Sheftall. “Collisions: Black Liberation Versus Women’s Liberation.” Gender Talk: The Struggle for Women’s Equality in African American Communities. New York, NY: Ballantine, 2003. ISBN: 9780345454133.
[RCG] Davis, Deirdre. “The Harm That Has No Name: Street Harassment, Embodiment, and African American Women.”
[RCG] McIntosh, Peggy. “White Privilege.”
[RCG] Williams, Patricia. “Of Race and Risk.” (Also in Schaefer, Racial and Ethnic Groups.)
“ How to Tell Your Friends From the Japs. ” Time, December 22, 1941.
[SCRE] Forbes, Jack D. “‘Indian’ and ‘Black’ as Radically Different Types of Categories.”
[SCRE] Browne, Prince. “Why ‘Race’ Makes no Scientific Sense: The Case of Africans and Native Americans.”
Lei, Joy L. “(Un)necessary Toughness? Those ‘Loud Black Girls’ and Those Quiet Asian Boys.’” Anthropology & Education Quarterly 34 (2003): 158-181.
[CDUS] Goode, Judith. “Teaching Against Culturalist Essentialism.”
[RCG] Churchill, Ward. “Crimes Against Humanity.”
Harmon, Amy. “ Indian Tribe Wins Fight to Limit Research of its DNA .” New York Times, April 21, 2010.