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Vaccine Refusal An Expression of Privilege

Not all of the children returning to school this month and next will be up to date on their vaccinations. According to the National Network for Immunization Information, three children per 1000 in the U.S. have never received any vaccines, with almost half of all children receiving vaccines later than recommended. The number of unvaccinated children has led to several recent vaccine-preventable outbreaks in the U.S., including measles and whooping cough (pertussis). A new study published in Gender & Society, a top-ranked journal in Gender Studies and Sociology, shows that the reasons why children may not be up to date depends on the class privilege of their mothers.

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Winter Meeting 2015, February 19-22; Washington, D.C.

On Our Bookshelf

Consuming Work: Youth Labor in America: Yasemin Besen-Cassino offers a fascinating picture of youth at work and how jobs are marketed to these students. Besen-Cassino also shows how the roots of gender and class inequality in the labor force have their beginnings in this critical labor sector.

Taking Risks: Feminist Activism and Research in the Americas: A creative, interdisciplinary approach to narrating the stories of activist scholarship by women. The essays are based on the textual analysis of interviews, oral histories, ethnography, video storytelling, and theater.

Conceiving Masculinity: Male Infertility, Medicine, and Identity: Liberty Walther Barnes puts the world of male infertility under the microscope to examine how culturally pervasive notions of gender shape our understanding of disease, and how disease impacts our personal ideas about gender.

Misconception: Social Class and Infertility in America: Through fifty-eight in-depth interviews with women of both high and low SES, Ann V. Bell begins to break down the stereotypes of infertility and show how such depictions consequently shape women’s infertility experiences.

Straights: Heterosexuality in Post-Closeted Culture: Based on 60 in-depth interviews with a diverse group of straight men and women, James Joseph Dean explores how straight Americans make sense of their sexual and gendered selves in this new landscape.