This book shows how the social constructions of time, space, race, gender and class intersect with each other to produce particular social phenomena that are enduring and significant for our society. Leading the reader through examples drawn from around the world, the author shows how these categories are social constructions; historically formed, ideologically loaded, and subject to change.
Illustrations: Figures and Table About the Author and Publisher Foreword Preface 1. Constructing Historical Reality What Is Intelligence and Why Does It Matter? The Social Construction of Reality The Process of Social Construction Dominant Institutions and Power Intersections Conclusion 2. Time Linear and Cyclical Time The History of Time Time as Quantity and Commodity Conclusion 3. Space (coauthored with Patricia Ahmed) Space as a Thing The Earliest Known Conceptions of Space Non-Anglo-European Conceptions of Space Early Anglo-European Conceptions of Space Toward a Contemporary Anglo-European Understanding of Space Intersections Conclusion 4. Race The Paradox of Race What Is Race? Preracial Categories From Preracial to Racial Categories Whiteness Reflexivity Intersections Conclusion 5. Gender Is Anatomy Destiny? Sex and Gender The Logic of the Category The History of Bodies Changing Gender in Anglo-European Society Masculinity Homosexual and Homosocial Relations Intersections Conclusion 6. Class The Meaning of Class The Origins of Class-Based Societies Feudalism Capitalism Property Cultural Boundaries Conclusion 7. Intersections Small and Large The Home Cities Nation Conclusion References Glossary/Index