The 33rd annual meeting of the Hawaii Sociological Association was held on Saturday, February 18, 2012 at Kapiolani Community College in Honolulu, Hawaii.
This year's HSA theme is Pacific Intersectionalities: Revisiting Race, Class, and Gender.
Pacific region is an interesting area, but its complexities often go
unrecognized. As with other locales, the Pacific region has a unique
demographic mix that cannot be found anywhere else. There are diverse
racial/ethnic groups; religions; political economic systems; social
stratification; gender relations/gender roles; languages; cultures;
etc., and the list goes on. In Hawaii, the unique environment and
demographic makeup of the islands lends itself to unique examinations of
the intersectionalities of race, class, and gender. While the concept
of intersectionalities has been in use for several decades in numerous
disciplines, societies are fluid entities that continue to change. Now
that we are well into the new millennium, it would seem timely to
revisit the concept in understanding issues of power and inequality and
in the production of knowledge. And what better time and space in which
to do this than in Honolulu, in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, in
The keynote speaker at the 33nd annual meeting was Dr. Jaye Cee Whitehead, who is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon. Dr. Whitehead spoke on the topic of intersectionality and the marriage equality movement.
Dr. Whitehead recently published a book entitled The Nuptial Deal: Same-Sex Marriage and Neo-Liberal Governance. The book can be purchased at the following links:
University of Chicago Press
Barnes and Noble
Dr. Whitehead was also invited to publish an Op-Ed piece in the New York Times on the topic of same-sex marriage. The article can be accessed at the following link:
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