Power and Everyday Practices, Second Edition

Edited by Deborah Brock, Aryn Martin, Rebecca Raby, and Mark P. Thomas

© 2019

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
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Rather than view social inequality as a problem for marginalized populations, Power and Everyday Practices turns the spotlight on the ways power and privilege are produced and reproduced in our everyday worlds

Power and Everyday Practices, Second Edition

Edited by Deborah Brock, Aryn Martin, Rebecca Raby, and Mark P. Thomas

© 2019

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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Product Details

  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 464 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 0.0in x 9.0in
  • Author Information

    Deborah 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

    Preface

    Introduction: Unpacking the Centre

    Part I: Foundations
    1. Thinking about Power
        Deborah Brock
    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
    4. Trans/Gender
        Dan Irving
    5. Thinking "Straight"
        Alix Holtby
    6. Whiteness Invented
        Melanie Knight
    7. Being "Middle Class"
        Mark P. Thomas
    8. Growing Up, Growing Old
        Rebecca Raby
    9. Citizenship and Borders
        Nandita Sharma 

    Part III: Everyday Practices
    10. Science and the "Matter" of Power
          Aryn Martin
    11. Are You "Normal"?
          Heidi Rimke and Deborah Brock
    12. Going Shopping: The Politics of Everyday Consumption
          Dennis Soron
    13. Are You Financially Fit?
          Mary Beth Raddon
    14. Let’s Get a Coffee
          Gavin Fridell and Erika Koss
    15. Indigenous Youth: Representing Themselves
          Margot Francis
    16. Being a Tourist
          Gada Mahrouse

    Conclusion

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