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Horse Crazy: Girls and the Lives of Horses

Horse Crazy explores the meaning behind the love between girls and horses. Jean O'Malley Halley, a self-professed "horse girl," contends that this relationship and its cultural signifiers influence the manner in which young girls define their identity when it comes to gender. Halley examines how popular culture, including the "pony book" genre, uses horses to encourage conformity to gender norms but also insists that the loving relationship between a girl and a horse fundamentally challenges heteronormative and mainstream ideas of girlhood.

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