Any examination of oppression these days needs to begin with an understanding that the local issues of our everyday lives have global consequences. This text is a testament to the ever-changing global world we live in-one which requires us as global citizens to "think globally and act locally."
This book dives into this concept by exploring the underlying issues of oppression in our society. Each of the sections of this book asks us to engage critical thinking skills to better examine those issues as they relate to the social constructions of race, class, gender, and sexuality in the U.S. through both the readings and the "Reflection Activities" provided at the end of each section. To bring the local into a global understanding, the concluding section explores how the "local" issues discussed also have a global reality.
Sarah M. Pitcher is a daughter, a sister, an aunt, a friend, a Feminist and a Sociologist. Born and raised in Southern California, Sarah received her BA from CSU Fresno and her MA and Ph.D. from Syracuse University. Sociology, joined with teaching, is her passion. She is a charismatic teacher whose unique teaching style challenges her students to actively participate in their own instruction through engaged pedagogical practices. For her, sociology is a discipline that requires practice. It not only needs to be studied, but "played with." Throughout her over 15 years of teaching, she has worked to make sociology not only fun and engaging for students, but also a form of active critical thought about our social world. Currently she is an Associate Professor of Sociology at a very diverse, urban community college in San Diego.
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