This article showcases our top picks for the best ‘books on social class privilege’. We reached out to industry leaders and experts who have contributed the suggestions within this article (they have been credited for their contributions below).
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White Negroes, by Lauren Michele Jackson
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The book tackles how the new white generation is thriving at the expense and borrowed ingenuity of black people. It shows how the world adores the culture of blacks but being used as a profit by the whites. Lauren Michele Jackson, the author, reveals how cultural appropriation needs worldwide attention not just for blacks but for races of any kind. She would uncover the irony of the US in expressing its fondness for blacks while refusing to respect the entirety of the race’s culture and rights.
Education, Inequality and Social Class by Ron Thompson
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In this book, Thompson would comprehensively discuss the empirical evidence for persistent inequality in educational attainment among learners in different social classes. It is backed with crucial and relevant theoretical perspectives to help readers understand class-based inequality. It draws on empirical data from the UK and other countries illustrating the vastness of inequalities when it comes to social background, race, and even gender. In the end, the book is a good pick to see the reality happening in the educational systems around the world where some are being raised to the top while others drown in inequality.
Race, Gender, Sexuality, and Social Class By Susan J. Ferguson
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Race, Gender, Sexuality, and Social Class by Ferguson tells how our social statuses shape our identities, life, and inequality in the world. According to Ferguson, supported by the opinions of the leading experts in the field, these differences shape our experiences and chances in life.
And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini
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And the Mountains Echoed showcases several instances of class privilege. In the beginning of the story, a poor man is forced to sell his daughter to a rich couple. Later on, a wealthy man bulldozes the land that was home to several lower class people and builds a mansion there. When sued, he merely bribes the judge and wins the case. Moreover, since this book is set during the Afghanistan crisis, we are also shown that those people who have money and power are able to escape the war in the country while the lower class are forced to stay.
The Perils of Privilege by Phoebe Maltz Bovy
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The author bravely approaches this subject from the side of those accused of privilege. The book is very relevant today with this label being brandished around liberally. It is certainly a good debate starter.
The Innocent Classroom by Alexs Pate
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When children of color enter their classrooms each year, many often encounter low expectations, disconnection, and other barriers to their success. In *The Innocent Classroom*, Alexs Pate traces the roots of these disparities to pervasive negative stereotypes, which children are made aware of before they even walk through the school door. The cumulative weight of these stereotypes eventually takes shape as guilt, which inhibits students’ engagement, learning, and relationships and hurts their prospects for the future.
White Trash by Nancy Isenberg
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This book in short, conveys how the USA has never been classless. It goes in depth to explain how the poor are mistreated, how elites interfere with their lives and in certain aspects will view them as the problem. It emphasises and explains factually how this was true in the past, and still is true to this day. Nancy Isenberg makes her case with a historical narrative all the way from the country’s colonization to the present. Who got sent to settle? How did the white ruling class view the sub-equally white underclass. With references to TV shows and real life events, this book goes all out in bringing anyone to understand the history and evolution of class.