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Tuesday, June 10, 2008

On Studying Diversity

...studying diversity is not simply a matter of learning about other people's cultures, values, and ways of being; it involves discovering how race, class, and gender -- along with factors like age, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and religion -- frame people's lives. The point is not just that people are diverse... but that race, class, and gender are fundamental axes of society and, as such, are critical to understanding people's lives, institutional systems, contemporary social issues, and the possibilities for social change.

- from the Introduction to Margaret L. Andersen & Patricial Hill Collins' Race, Class, and Gender: An Anthology, 4th ed. (Belmont, CA: Wadsworth/Thomson Learning, 2001), p. 3.

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