"Rather than rely on race, we use our criminal justice system to label people of color “criminals” and then engage in all the practices we supposedly left behind. Today it is perfectly legal to discriminate against criminals in nearly all the ways that it was once legal to discriminate against African Americans. Once you’re labeled … Continue reading The New Jim Crow
"The Puritan wanted to work in a calling; we are forced to do so. For when asceticism was carried out of monastic cells into everyday life, and began to dominate worldly morality, it did its part in building the tremendous cosmos of the modern economic order. This order is now bound to the technical and … Continue reading The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism
Abstract: "Harris and Narayan describe some of the misconceptions about affirmative action. They contend that the "stigma argument" against affirmative action dissolves when such programs are understood as equalizers of opportunity rather than as initiatives that merely bestow preference on their beneficiaries." Narayan, Uma, and Luke C. Harris. 1999. "Affirmative Action as Equalizing Opportunity: Challenging … Continue reading Affirmative Action as Equalizing Opportunity: Challenging the Myth of “Preferential Treatment”
“Sympathetic individuals who are not members of an oppressed group ... should realize that nothing they may do ... can make them one of the oppressed. For instance, men who share household and child-rearing responsibilities with women are mistaken if they think that this act of choice, often buttressed by the gratitude and admiration of others, is anything … Continue reading The Project of Feminist Epistemology
"Seen in this light, patriarchal marriage, as an institutionalized structure of kinship placing social boundaries on the physical vulnerability of women, offered obvious advantages for a woman. By accepting the sexual and social demands of one man, by agreeing to provide him with heirs and to serve him, a woman could secure his protection from … Continue reading Understanding Patriarchal Marriage through Female Agency
"If you asked me what sociology really is, I would say that it must be insight into society, into the essential nature of society. It is insight into what is, but it is a critical insight … by what society purports to be, in order to detect in this contradiction the potential, the possibilities for … Continue reading What is Sociology?
“Marriages, then, are generally not based on love, “The husband is, so to speak, never more than a substitute for the loved man, and not that man himself,” said Freud. This dissociation is not accidental. It is implicit in the very nature of the institution. The economic and sexual union of man and woman is … Continue reading What Marriage Means