Achebe, Chinua. 1996 . Things Fall Apart. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann Educational.
Details the life and times of Okonkwo, a leader of the Igbo tribe of Nigeria. A famous piece of postcolonial literature from one of Africa’s most acclaimed novelists.
Bonilla-Silva, Eduardo. 2006. Racism without Racists: Color-Blind Racism and the Persistence of Racial Inequality in the United States. Washington, D.C.: Rowman & Littlefield.
Bonilla-Silva examines the racial landscape of the contemporary U.S. and concludes that we are not living in a post-racial society, but in an era of color-blind racism.
Collins, Patricia Hill. 2005. Black Sexual Politics: African Americans, Gender, and the New Racism. London: Routledge.
Collins investigates the intersection of sexuality, race, and gender and calls for a progressive gender politics in this powerful book.
Connell, R. W. 1997. “Why is Classical Theory Classical?” American Journal of Sociology 102(6): 1511–1557.
This provocative article traces the roots of the sociological canon to the colonial project, which Connell argues came “at the price of narrowing sociology’s intellectual scope and concealing much of its history.” Essential reading for anyone interested in the creation of theoretical paradigms (or the shifting of them).
Frankenberg, Ruth. 1993. White Women, Race Matters: The Social Construction of Whiteness. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.
An influential and groundbreaking study of the relationship between white privilege and gender relations.
Haraway, Donna. 1991. Simians, Cyborgs, and Women: The Reinvention of Nature. London: Routledge.
This collection of essays by the science historian and feminist scholar traces her move from Marxist analysis to postmodern theory and “posthumanism.” Her influential essay, “A Cyborg Manifesto,” calls for feminists to move beyond essentialism and a call to nature.
Smith, Dorothy E. 1993. Texts, Facts, and Femininity. London: Routledge.
This collection of essays by the feminist theorist looks at how texts construct social relations. Included is her famous work, “K Is Mentally Ill: The Anatomy of a Factual Account”.
Stoler, Ann Laura. 1995. Race and the Education of Desire: Foucault’s History of Sexuality and the Colonial Order of Things. Durham, NC: Duke University Press
A creative and critical extension of Foucault’s thought on sexuality into the race and gender hierarchies of colonialism.