Dr. David Newman is currently teaching at my alma mater, with a set of interests that are very germane to my field. Saying that, Identities and Inequalities is a perfect sociological look into the nuances of ascribed and achieved factors in society. The title does not assume any familiarity with sociological concepts and provides ample opportunity to get caught up with the subjects that Newman is broaching. The writing style is informative but does not pad pages through extraneous examples or vaguely-related asides. One is provided with “just the facts”; Newman has provided a solid framework with which one can expand. The title reads fast despite its dense content; instructors that are looking to break students free from their societal preconceptions would do well to include it in any related course.
Identities and Inequalities does not break the bank – the $50 cost makes it eminently possible to include it as one of two or three titles broached during a class. Newman does well in making the topics covered in Identities and Inequalities germane for a wider variety of readers. Those that may be either past their college years (or in a vocation) can easily understand privilege or the myriad of roles that an individual plays in society. The citation style is intuitive and will allow readers to expand their horizons substantially.
For a more introductory view of sociology, Newman released Sociology: Exploring the Architecture of Everyday Life late last year. Identities and Inequalities is an important title that builds off of any introduction one may have to the field and has broad implications for citizens and policymakers alike.
Identities and Inequalities: Exploring the Intersections of Race, Class, Gender, & Sexuality (Textbook) / David Newman / 2012 McGraw Hill / 464 Pages / http://www.mhhe.com