The New Jim Crow

"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

Affirmative Action as Equalizing Opportunity: Challenging the Myth of “Preferential Treatment”

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”

The Project of Feminist Epistemology

“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

Understanding Patriarchal Marriage through Female Agency

"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

The Insurgent Sociologist and Critical Sociology

In collective memory, recalling the 1960s and 70s are accompanied with the imagery of "the counterculture era", full of psychedelics, protests, and hippies. One of the things to arise at this time was a magazine called The Insurgent Sociologist, established formally in 1969, but which was run by the Sociology Liberation Movement (SLM), which had existed in … Continue reading The Insurgent Sociologist and Critical Sociology