Power and Everyday Practices, Second Edition
This unique and innovative text provides undergraduate students with tools to think sociologically through the lens of everyday life. Normative social organization and taken for granted beliefs and actions are exposed as key mechanisms of power and social inequality in western societies today. By "unpacking the centre" students are encouraged to turn their social worlds inside out and explore alternatives to the dominant social order.
The text is divided into three parts. In Part One students learn how to use theory and methodology, which are blended seamlessly throughout the text. It shows how to position Michel Foucault as a companion to theorists such as Karl Marx and Stuart Hall, while signaling the importance of non-western and Indigenous knowledges, experiences, and rights. In Part Two, students explore – and challenge – normativity; the normal body, heterosexuality, whiteness, the two-gender system, aging, and the under-side of citizenship. In Part Three, shorter chapters critique everyday practices such as thinking scientifically, practicing self-help, going shopping, managing money, buying coffee, being a tourist, and marginalizing Indigeneity. Each chapter includes intriguing exercises, study questions, and key terms that link to the volume’s comprehensive glossary. Instructors are provided PowerPoint slides, test banks, and multimodal supplementary resources that make the book adaptable to blended and online learning environments.
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- Page Count: 464 pages
- Dimensions: 6.0in x 0.0in x 9.0in
Author InformationDeborah Brock is an associate professor in the Department of Sociology at York University.
Aryn Martin is an associate professor in the Department of Sociology at York University.
Rebecca Raby is a professor in the Department of Child and Youth Studies at Brock University.
Mark P. Thomas is an associate professor in the Department of Sociology at York University.
Table of contents
Introduction: Unpacking the Centre
Part I: Foundations
1. Thinking about Power
2. Assembling Our Toolkit
Andrea Noack and Aryn Martin
Part II: The Centre, Normalization, and Power
3. Fashioning the Normal Body
Anne McGuire and Kelly Fritsch
5. Thinking "Straight"
6. Whiteness Invented
7. Being "Middle Class"
Mark P. Thomas
8. Growing Up, Growing Old
9. Citizenship and Borders
Part III: Everyday Practices
10. Science and the "Matter" of Power
11. Are You "Normal"?
Heidi Rimke and Deborah Brock
12. Going Shopping: The Politics of Everyday Consumption
13. Are You Financially Fit?
Mary Beth Raddon
14. Let’s Get a Coffee
Gavin Fridell and Erika Koss
15. Indigenous Youth: Representing Themselves
16. Being a Tourist
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