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Justice Provocateur: Jane Tennison and Policing in Prime Suspect by Gray Cavender and Nancy Jurik
This is a book length treatment of the highly acclaimed British television police drama series staring Helen Mirren that aired first in the U.K., and then on PBS in the U.S. Our book explores how Prime Suspect and several other crime series address gender and work issues and contemporary social problems. We use a model of progressive moral fiction that we have developed to analyze images of justice and hope for social transformation in media productions.

The Gender Trap: Parents and the Pitfalls of Raising Boys and Girls by Emily W. Kane
From the lively and engaging stories of parents from a wide range of backgrounds, The Gender Trap provides a detailed account of how today's parents understand, enforce, and resist the gendering of their children. Emily Kane shows how most parents make efforts to loosen gendered constraints for their children, while also engaging in a variety of behaviors that reproduce traditionally gendered childhoods, ultimately arguing that conventional gender expectations are deeply entrenched and that there is great tension in attempting to undo them while letting 'boys be boys' and 'girls be girls.'

Dominatrix: Gender, Eroticism, and Control in the Dungeon by Danielle Linemann
Based on observational fieldwork and in-depth interviews with sixty-six women who work as professional dominatrices in New York City and San Francisco, this book focuses on the ways in which a liminal social space can shed light on the contours of society more generally. While the realm of the professional dominatrix may appear to be an exotic corner of the social landscape, detached from everyday processes, the dominatrix's dungeon can actually teach us more about a set of classic tensions at the heart of our daily lives.

Social Production and Reproduction at the Interface of Public and Private Spheres edited by Marcia Texler Segal, Esther Nganling Chow, and Vasilikie Demos
This volume focuses on the gendered interfaces of the public and private spheres of life. In the 21st century these are no longer separate as women and men move from one to the other in the course of their daily lives and their life spans. The chapters examine the ways individuals, families and societies strive to balance paid and unpaid labor, engage in parenting and accomplish other carework, seek education for themselves and their children, and respond to the mass media, some-times under conditions of poverty or violence and often across international boundaries.

Racing for Innocence: Whiteness, Gender, and the Backlash Against Affirmative Action by Jennifer L. Pierce
Racing for Innocence reconsiders white privilege and racial inequality by examining the backlash against affirmative action, recounting the stories of elite legal professionals at a large corporation with a federally mandated affirmative action program, as well as the cultural narratives about race, gender, and power that circulated in the news media and Hollywood films.

Beyond Loving: Intimate Racework in Lesbian, Gay, and Straight Interracial Relationships by Amy C. Steinbugler.
Beyond Loving provides a critical examination of interracial intimacy in the beginning decades of the twenty-first century - an era rife with racial contradictions, where interracial relationships are increasingly seen as symbols of racial progress even as old stereotypes about illicit eroticism persist. Drawing on extensive qualitative research, Amy Steinbugler examines the racial dynamics of everyday life for lesbian, gay, and heterosexual Black/White couples.

Killer Fat: Media, Medicine, and Morals in the American "Obesity Epidemic by Natalie Boero
In Killer Fat, Natalie Boero examines how and why obesity emerged as a major public health concern and national obsession in recent years. Using primary sources and in-depth interviews, Boero enters the world of bariatric surgeries, Weight Watchers, and Overeaters Anonymous to show how common expectations of what bodies are supposed to look like help to determine what sorts of interventions and policies are considered urgent in containing this new kind of disease.

Not My Kid: What Parents Believe about the Sex Lives of Their Teenagers by Sinikka Elliott
Not My Kid examines how a diverse group of American parents of teenagers understand teen sexuality, showing that, in contrast to the idea that parents are polarized in their beliefs, parents are confused, anxious, and ambivalent about teen sexual activity and how best to guide their own children's sexuality. Framed with an eye to the debates about teenage abstinence and sex education in school, Sinikka Elliott links parents' understandings to the contradictory messages and broad moral panic around child and teen sexuality. Elliott considers the social and cultural conditions that might make it easier for parents to talk with their teens about sex, calling for new ways of thinking and talking about teen sexuality that promote social justice and empower parents to embrace their children as fully sexual subjects.


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