Privilege Reader!!!

Privilege Through the Looking-Glass is out!!!! This was a collaborative effort all the way. I was absolutely blown away when such incredible scholars and authors agreed to sign on as contributors. I already knew they were brilliant thought leaders, but with this project they also demonstrated courage and vulnerability. I’m in awe of them and deeply grateful for their time and expertise. I’m also especially glad to release Privilege Through the Looking-Glass at this historical moment. Indeed, when we began this project years ago we no way of knowing just how timely the release would be. So many of us in the US and abroad feel we need a path forward and the authors have provided one. privilege-through-the-looking-glass-cover

Privilege Through the Looking-Glass is a collection of original essays that explore privilege and status characteristics in daily life. This collection seeks to make visible that which is often invisible. It seeks to sensitize us to things we have been taught not to see. Privilege, power, oppression, and domination operate in complex and insidious ways, impacting groups and individuals. And yet, these forces that affect our lives so deeply seem to at once operate in plain sight and lurk in the shadows, making them difficult to discern. Like water to a fish, environments are nearly impossible to perceive when we are immersed in them. This book attempts to expose our environments. With engaging and powerful writing, the contributors share their personal stories as a means of connecting the personal and the public. This volume applies an intersectional perspective to explore how race, class, gender, sexuality, education, and ableness converge, creating the basis for privilege and oppression. Privilege Through the Looking-Glass encourages readers to engage in self and social reflection, and can be used in a range of courses in sociology, social work, communication, education, gender studies, and African American studies. Each chapter includes discussion questions and/or activities for further engagement. It can also be read by anyone interested in better understanding their life and the lives of others.

Huge thanks to the team at Sense Publishers for all of their hard work. I’m also thankful to We Are The Real Deal for doing this interview with me about the release:

http://wearetherealdeal.com/2017/10/02/an-interview-with-dr-patricia-leavy-about-privilege-through-the-looking-glass/

Please learn more about the book and pick up a copy:

Sense Publishers: https://www.sensepublishers.com/catalogs/bookseries/personal-public-scholarship/privilege-through-the-looking-glass/
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/9463511385

As for me, I’m now able to move forward. This book has allowed me to come full circle. Between Privilege Through the Looking-Glass and Gender & Pop Culture I have chronicled the most important messages in my thirteen-plus years of teaching sociology. This subject is vital in sociology and many other disciplines, as well as society broadly, and I hope professors will teach with it. I plan to devote the rest of my professional life to my art and advancing research methodology (lifelong projects very much about empowerment, power, privilege, knowing, and, light). Can’t wait to share the things I’ll be working on over the next several years. For a little hint, I’ve just signed three book contracts with two publishers all for fiction. I’m so excited about what’s to come.

Love and light,
Patricia

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