Politics of Identity

This course introduces students to social diversity as it is reflected in several categories of identity considered socially meaningful and structurally important in the contemporary United States: gender, race, class, and sexuality. Among the questions we will explore are: to what extent are our identities innate or socially constructed? How do they affect our opportunities or life chances? Why and how are some groups advantaged or disadvantaged by the prevailing social system and what, if anything, can be done to rectify these inequities? How is identity expressed and suppressed in various social institutions such as the family, schools, workplace, politics, and media?

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