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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Teachers College Press (Oct. 15 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 080775269X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807752692
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 15.5 x 0.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 386 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,482 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Ozlem Sensoy is an assistant professor of education at Simon Fraser Unviersity, Burnaby, BC. Robin DiAngelo is an assistant professor of education at Westfield State University, Westfield, Massachusetts.

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Enough Canadian Content - accessible for students and teachers. Stories and role-play exercises useful for high school classroom. Great definitions and thoughtful inserts
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By Christine Palmer on Sept. 26 2014
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Excellent resource on social justice issues.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David Brooks on Nov. 13 2014
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Mostly a book of common sense mixed with thinly veiled disdain of men and white people on the part of the part of the authors, who dissect the complex issues of social justice into such gems as "it is impossible for women to be as sexist as men", "all text is racially prejudiced", and by "not seeing colour we enable racism elsewhere" after they tell us to not see colour to stop racism. This book is full of contradictions and nothing is supported by facts, numbers, testimonies, or anything resembling data. We are just supposed to believe the authors on everything. It suggests that all minorities are entirely helpless and white men are the only ones responsible for racial equality because the other groups are so oppressed that they can't do anything. If you hate white men and believe them the sole source of all the world's ills, then this is the book for you. If you'd rather an informative read that expands your world view on a complex series of issues with something other than "blame the white guy for absolutely everything", or a book that actually supports its claims, then look elsewhere.
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14 of 19 people found the following review helpful
An excellent book for both personal and teaching use March 8 2014
By Constance L Russell - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I use this as a textbook in one of my courses and it has been invaluable. It is very well-written, very well-organized, and set up in a way that makes the content very accessible to students who may not have encountered these ideas before. Many students arrive with a profound ignorance of the realities of our world. This book has been a godsend in helping break down their resistance to uncomfortable truths so that we then more quickly get to discussions of how, as educators, we can ensure we are creating the conditions for all learners to flourish. I highly, highly recommend it.
15 of 21 people found the following review helpful
As a white guy, I found this book engaging and enlightening March 8 2014
By Jason Toews - Published on Amazon.com
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I am a white, able-bodied, raised Christian, American man. And I found Is Everyone Really Equal? enlightening, hopeful, and a joy to read. But if the very idea of social justice education / critical race theory / women's studies makes you angry, this may not be the book for you.

Full disclosure: I know Drs. DiAngelo and Sensoy personally. Which is why I was a bit hesitant to post a review - conflict of interest would lead some to dismiss my review, which is understandable. But I felt compelled to post my own thoughts after seeing the impact of the recent downvote brigade. To those wondering why a previously well-reviewed book suddenly received a bunch of 1-star reviews accompanied by brief, vague, sometimes angry comments ("absolutely full of crap", "If you're a bit of a nutter, this book may be for you", "a radical feminist rant against men", etc.), many from folks who don't seem to have any idea what the book actually contains, the answer is simple: r/mensrights. Apparently, someone over on the Men's Rights sub-reddit got hold of one of the illustrations from the book, flipped out, and urged other members of the sub-reddit to downvote the book to oblivion (whether or not they had actually read the book). They now appear to be targeting the authors' personal websites, staff profiles, publishers, etc. If you're not familiar with r/mensrights, you might want to take a look at the wikipedia article on controversial sub-reddits; that will give you an idea of the folks we're talking about.

On to the book itself: Is Everyone Really Equal? won the Critics' Choice Award from the American Educational Studies Association. It has been adopted as a textbook at universities across the US and Canada. And rightly so: it's engaging, briskly written, full of salient real-world examples and backed by years of scholarly research. It seems that some of the negative reviews didn't notice (or chose to ignore) the 11 pages of references at the end of the book.

The book starts at the beginning - What is "Critical Social Justice"? - and moves on to build a framework for thinking critically about the world as it exists, about the norms which govern our everyday lives, about the institutional constructs that accord more value to some people and less to others. This book gives the reader a vocabulary to discuss and understand these deep topics, and also introduces us to leaders, fighters and thinkers in the field of social justice: Dolores Huerta, Rachel Lloyd, Jay Silverheels, Fred Korematsu, and more. Is Everyone Really Equal? excels at taking an academic topic and making it both understandable and personally relevant to non-academics (like me!) who are nonetheless passionate about social justice.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Great Read for Some June 5 2014
By Casy - Published on Amazon.com
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First of all, this is a required book for an MAT program in the U.S., which I happen to have been assigned.

The book is great for those who have never taken any courses requiring in-depth analyses of diversity, especially in a role as an educator/teacher. The authors come off as somewhat condescending at times and "dumb-down" concepts in an attempt to make the material understood by even the most laypersons. All that aside, the material is accurate and designed as a crash-course book in academic diversity and culture. It's okay to be defensive about the subject material because it's difficult to remain objective when one has never been exposed to these ideas before. Having said that, please keep an open mind and try to reflect this material on your students and not yourself.

If you have a background in the social sciences, like myself, this is quite a boring book. The authors could have delved deeper into these subjects since they intended the book for an academic audience. Nevertheless, set your mind on cruise control and hope not to fall asleep.
14 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Exceptional scholarship! March 8 2014
By Cheryl Cooke - Published on Amazon.com
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Dr. Sensoy and Dr. DiAngelo have consolidated years of academic work AND EXPERTISE into an easily readable, thoughtful text from which everyone can learn. These scholars have thoroughly researched the scientific data on discrimination, and now have provided teachers with ways to help students come to terms with understanding the astonishing amount of racism, classism, gender discrimination present in the US today. This is a timely book, an essential book. This is a book that it takes courage to read; a book that it takes courage to begin doing the work of self-reflection that is required in order to understand the ideas in this book, and even greater courage to apply these principles in your everyday lives. I wonder how many people have the courage needed to undertake this level of understanding of our current US society? Do you have the courage to read this book, and reflect on how you contribute to these problems in the world?
11 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Invites critical thinking and reflection March 8 2014
By Larry L Pratt - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is well-researched and carefully organized to scaffold enduring historicities of injustice in North America. Thoughtful arguments about race, LGBT, sexism and more are framed around institutional and systemic oppression. Often this book is the first time students are invited to deliberate around their own privilege, and because of how well the authors have laid out their arguments, students can dialogue around heretofore (for them) issues that are difficult to talk about. Excellent sources and links to further a reader's next steps to thinking critically. The world is not either/or, and as a people who must face challenges of the 21st Century, we have to cultivate an open mind, a deep empathy for others, and understand that we can think about complex issues, and as we develop a critical social theory lens, hold competing ideas in our minds. Highly recommend this book!


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