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Making Societies: The Historical Construction of Our World

by Roy W Pine Forge Press
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- The only book written for undergraduates about the social construction of reality that is also historical and comparative. In addition, it includes chapters on the social construction of time and space, as well as the more traditional chapters on race, class, and gender. - This book shows how these social constructions of time, space, race, gender and class intersect with each other to produce particular social phenomena that are enduring and significant for our society. No other book for undergraduate teaching has ever done this +óÔé¼-ª this is a real first! ''If the goal of this series is to broaden the students`` vision, no book is more ambitious toward attaining that goal than Making Societies. Roy helps students question the most ``natural`` of categories: time, space, gender, race, and class. Leading them through examples drawn from around the world, he shows how these categories are social constructions; historically formed, ideologically loaded, and subject to change. This may be profoundly unsettling, for students will be encouraged to question not only what they know but also the conceptual frameworks they use when they claim to understand anything. As Series Editors, it is our belief that this provocation will open new ways of thinking about the social world, how it is, and how it might be.''--Wendy Griswold, Series Editor, Northwestern University, from the foreword ''I love the organizing concept of the social construction of reality and using a cross-cultural historical comparative approach to analyzing key themes: space, time, race, gender, and class. I particularly like the focus on space and time first because it illustrates how deeply embedded the social construction of reality is.''--Joanne Defiore, University of Washington, Bothel''The book is intellectually strong; it is driven by ideas and engages important processes of social life.''-- Lisa Brush, University of Pittsburgh

Illustrations: Figures and Table
About the Author and Publisher
1. Constructing Historical Reality
What Is Intelligence and Why Does It Matter?
The Social Construction of Reality
The Process of Social Construction
Dominant Institutions and Power
2. Time
Linear and Cyclical Time
The History of Time
Time as Quantity and Commodity
3. Space (coauthored with Patricia Ahmed)
Space as a Thing
The Earliest Known Conceptions of Space
Non-Anglo-European Conceptions of Space
Early Anglo-European Conceptions of Space
Toward a Contemporary Anglo-European Understanding of Space
4. Race
The Paradox of Race
What Is Race?
Preracial Categories
From Preracial to Racial Categories
5. Gender
Is Anatomy Destiny?
Sex and Gender
The Logic of the Category
The History of Bodies
Changing Gender in Anglo-European Society
Homosexual and Homosocial Relations
6. Class
The Meaning of Class
The Origins of Class-Based Societies
Cultural Boundaries
7. Intersections Small and Large
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