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Answering the Call to Service

Answering the Call to Service: American Youth and the Obama Phenomenon
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21st Apr 2009 11:00 - 21st Apr 2009 12:30

Patricia Hill Collins is the 100th President of the American Sociological Association. Her scholarship has examined issues of race, gender, social class, sexuality and nation. Her first book, Black Feminist Thought:

Knowledge, Consciousness, and the Politics of Empowerment, published in 1990, with a revised tenth year anniversary edition published in 2000, won the Jessie Bernard Award of the American Sociological Association (ASA) for significant scholarship in gender, and the C. Wright Mills Award of the Society for the Study of Social Problems. Black Sexual Politics: African Americans, Gender, and the New Racism (Routledge, 2004) received ASA's 2007 Distinguished Publication Award. Her other books include Race, Class, and Gender: An Anthology; Fighting Words: Black Women and the Search for Justice (University of Minnesota Press, 1998); and From Black Power to Hip Hop:

Racism, Nationalism, and Feminism (Temple University Press in press for 2005). She has published many articles in professional journals such as Ethnic and Racial Studies, Signs, Sociological Theory, Social Problems, and Black Scholar, as well as in edited volumes.

Professor Collins's current research interests lie in:

  1. investigating the actual and/or potential interconnections between critical race theory and American pragmatism;
  2. theorizing intersectionality, namely, analyzing how race, class, gender, sexuality, ethnicity and nation mutually construct one another as concepts and as social phenomena;
  3. exploring epistemologies of emancipatory knowledges, for example, ideologies of nationalism and feminism as well as influential knowledges of popular culture and everyday life; and
  4. examining how the status of Black male and female youth sheds light on broader social processes such as globalization, transnationalism, class inequalities, racism and gender inequities.