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Life of the party : a study in sociability, community, and social inequality /

by Nelsen, Randle W.
Type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Toronto, Ont. : Between the Lines, c2012Description: ix, 126 p. ; 21 cm.ISBN: 9781771130349 (pbk.); 1771130342 (pbk.).Subject(s): Equality | Social changeIssued also in electronic formats.
Contents:
A family birthday party : working class meets middle class, leaving both in stitches -- Football tailgate parties : collegiate tales of community, social class, and gender -- Tomboy tools parties : corporate business, cozy living rooms, gender stereotypes, and networking pyramids -- Stadium faith parties : how corporate greed and religion in sports creates an architecture of sociability promoting classist, racist, and sexist divisions -- NASCAR tailgate parties : amateur hot-rod subculture and working-class good times -- Witch hunts, protest parties, occupiers, and the politics of playful diversity.
Summary: "How do social class, race-ethnic, and gender differences promote social inequality in our everyday lives? Life of the Party begins with a family birthday celebration as a prelude to examining several other party contexts -- tailgates of college football and race car fans, home sales gatherings of tool-buying women, as well as parties fueled by the religious fervour of professional sports owners and the political protests of disenfranchised citizens. What is revealed is the social inequality grounded in social class, racial-ethnic and gender differences accompanying and permeating the party atmosphere. Social unrest and dissatisfaction, as well as our continuous search for sociability and community, are all found to be present as well-springs of the party as carnival. This book will be of value to students of society, professional and amateur alike, interested in understanding the complicated interplay between social stability and social change"--Pub. desc.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 111-116) and index.

A family birthday party : working class meets middle class, leaving both in stitches -- Football tailgate parties : collegiate tales of community, social class, and gender -- Tomboy tools parties : corporate business, cozy living rooms, gender stereotypes, and networking pyramids -- Stadium faith parties : how corporate greed and religion in sports creates an architecture of sociability promoting classist, racist, and sexist divisions -- NASCAR tailgate parties : amateur hot-rod subculture and working-class good times -- Witch hunts, protest parties, occupiers, and the politics of playful diversity.

Issued also in electronic formats.

"How do social class, race-ethnic, and gender differences promote social inequality in our everyday lives? Life of the Party begins with a family birthday celebration as a prelude to examining several other party contexts -- tailgates of college football and race car fans, home sales gatherings of tool-buying women, as well as parties fueled by the religious fervour of professional sports owners and the political protests of disenfranchised citizens. What is revealed is the social inequality grounded in social class, racial-ethnic and gender differences accompanying and permeating the party atmosphere. Social unrest and dissatisfaction, as well as our continuous search for sociability and community, are all found to be present as well-springs of the party as carnival. This book will be of value to students of society, professional and amateur alike, interested in understanding the complicated interplay between social stability and social change"--Pub. desc.

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