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Digesting Race, Class, and Gender

Sugar as a Metaphor

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Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. A Conceptual Reorientation

  3. Using Food to Identify Relationships Among Race, Class, and Gender

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 53-53
    2. Ivy Ken
      Pages 55-75
    3. Ivy Ken
      Pages 77-104
    4. Ivy Ken
      Pages 105-124
  4. Searching for Evidence of Relationships at Specific Sites

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 125-125
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 149-165

About this book


How are the ways that race organizes our lives related to the ways gender and class organize our lives? How might these organizing mechanisms conflict or work together? In Digesting Race, Class, and Gender, Ivy Ken likens race, class, and gender to foods - foods that are produced in fields, mixed together in bowls, and digested in our social and institutional bodies. In the field, one food may contaminate another through cross-pollination. In the mixing bowl, each food s original molecular structure changes in the presence of others. And within a meal, the presence of one food may impede or facilitate the digestion of another. At each of these sites, the "foods" of race, class, and gender are involved in dynamic relationships with each other that have implications for the shape - or the taste - of our social order.


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About the authors

IVY KEN Assistant Professor of Sociology at George Washington University, USA.

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