Sociology faculty’s new books set for fall publication

Gender inequality in professional sport and children’s racial perception in America are the respective focus areas of two highly anticipated works by faculty members in Mississippi State’s College of Arts and Sciences.

Due for September publication is MSU Assistant Professor of Sociology Rachel Allison’s book, “Kicking Center: Gender and The Selling of Women’s Professional Soccer.”

Rachel Allison

Published by Rutgers University Press, Allison's 200-page work poses and analyzes the challenges and opportunities for a women’s soccer league breaking into the male-dominated center of U.S. professional sport.

MSU Assistant Professor of Sociology Margaret A. Hagerman’s “White Kids: Growing Up With Privilege in a Racially Divided America,” is a 280-page, research-based book that will be published by New York University Press in September.

Margaret Hagerman

Over a two-year period, Hagerman conducted in-depth interviews with affluent white children and their families to observe how they make sense of privilege, unequal educational opportunities and police violence. Based on these dialogues, Hagerman provides a fascinating, detailed examination of the role that children and families play in the reproduction of racism and racial inequality in America.

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