Jean Halley


Seeing Straight: An Introduction to Gender and Sexual Privilege
Seeing Straight introduces students to key concepts in gender and sexuality through the lens of privilege and power. After an accessible overview, the book asks students to examine the privilege inherent in approaching heterosexual and cisgender identities as “normal,” as well as the problems of treating queer gender and sexuality as “abnormal.”

The Parallel Lives of Women and Cows: Meat Markets
This study weaves together Halley’s memoir with a social history of beef cows.  Halley explores what life means, and how life is valued, both cow and gendered human life, and she examines the various paths taken to arrive at the now that, once, was her childhood.

Seeing White: An Introduction to White Privilege and Race
This interdisciplinary textbook challenges students to see race as everyone's issue. Drawing on sociology, psychology, history, and economics, Seeing White introduces students to the concepts of white privilege and social power, and is designed to help break down some of the resistance students feel in discussing race.

Boundaries of Touch: Parenting and Adult-Child Intimacy
Discussing issues of parent-child contact ranging from breastfeeding and sleeping arrangements to sexual abuse, Halley traces the evolution of mainstream ideas about touching between adults and children over the course of the twentieth century in the United States. Throughout, she reveals how the parent-child relationship, far from being a private or benign subject, continues as a highly contested, politicized affair of keen public interest.

The Affective Turn: Theorizing the Social
edited by Patricia Ticineto Clough with Jean Halley (Duke University Press 2007).
"The essays in this volume are evidence of what Patricia Clough identifies as an affective turn in the humanities and social sciences." 
–Michael Hardt

Selected Works

Feminism; Queer Studies
“A beautifully written handbook on understanding how systems of power and privilege warp, cloud, and distort human sexual and gender experience. I think the concluding section will save many lives, as the authors offer realistic hopes based on existing social progress.”
–Peggy McIntosh
Memoir; Social History
“This book is a tour de force, a magnificent performance in its own right.”
–Norman K. Denzin
Social Science; Critical Race Theory
Seeing White engagingly makes whiteness into a problem – one needing to be investigated in all its human and inhumane dimensions.”
–David Roediger
Sociology; Family Studies
“Brilliantly conceived… Boundaries of Touch offers readers a rare opportunity to rethink their ‘common knowledge’ about child rearing.”
–Stuart Ewen
Social Theory
"The essays in this volume are evidence of what Patricia Clough identifies as an affective turn in the humanities and social sciences." 
–Michael Hardt