ERIC Number: EJ889445
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Apr
Reference Count: 21
Innovations in Teaching Race and Class Inequality: "Bittersweet Candy" and "The Vanishing Dollar"
Teaching Sociology, v37 n2 p194-204 Apr 2009
Instructors teaching students about social inequality, especially sexism and racism, often face some degree of student resistance. Opposition is particularly strong when students are from a white, middle to upper class background. As Haddad and Lieberman (2002) remark, "Students from privileged backgrounds lack personal experience with structures of domination," leading them to dismiss messages that challenge their perception of social equality through merit. As delineated by numerous sociologists, simulation and experiential exercises are particularly useful for challenging students' taken for granted assumptions, helping them to gain a better understanding of structural inequality and how life chances can be restricted. This article describes two exercises--"The Vanishing Dollar" and "Bittersweet Candy"--which can be used to illustrate concepts regarding the institutionalization of social class and racial inequality and more importantly, how these concepts are connected to current social behavior.
Descriptors: Gender Bias, Racial Discrimination, Social Behavior, Disadvantaged, Power Structure, Social Class, College Students, Comprehension, Class Activities, Simulation, Resource Allocation, Social Justice, Visual Aids, Experiential Learning, Quality of Life, Context Effect, Economic Status, Advantaged, Systems Approach, Reflection, Barriers
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