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Gender, 2nd Edition

ISBN: 978-0-7456-4567-4
200 pages
March 2009, Polity
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How can we understand gender in the contemporary world? What differences now exist between women and men? How are masculinities and femininities made? And what is the impact of globalization on gender issues?

Raewyn Connell, one of the world's leading scholars in the field, answers these questions and more. In this book she provides a readable introduction to modern gender studies, covering empirical research from all parts of the world in addition to theory and politics. As well as introducing the field, Gender provides a powerful contemporary framework for gender analysis with a distinctive global awareness. Highlighting the multi-dimensional character of gender relations, Connell shows how to link personal life with large-scale organizational structures and how gender politics changes its form in changing situations.

The second edition of this influential and accessible book brings the review of research up to date and includes new discussions of gender theory in the global periphery, the legacy of colonialism, the intersection of structures, the impact of deconstructionist theory and politics, and understanding transsexual and transgender lives.

Gender is engaged scholarship that moves from personal experience to global problems and offers a unique perspective on gender issues today.

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Chapter 1. The question of gender.

Chapter 2. Gender research: five examples.

Chapter 3. Gender theorists and gender theory.

Chapter 4. Sex differences and gendered bodies.

Chapter 5. Gender relations.

Chapter 6. Gender in personal life.

Chapter 7. Gender on the large scale.

Chapter 8. Gender politics

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Raewyn Connell is University Professor at the University of Sydney.
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New updated edition of a best-selling innovative and lively short introduction to gender studies.

Includes new discussions of gender theory in the global periphery, the legacy of colonialism and understanding transsexual and transgender lives.

Written by a leading theorist and academic in the field of gender studies.

Engages the reader with an accessible discussion of how gender politics arises in personal life and how this is acted out on a larger organizational scale.

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"I recommend it with great enthusiasm; a delight to read."
Mary Evans, Times Higher Education

"Ideal for students as an introduction to gender studies and gender theory and also well worth reading for anyone who is familiar with Connell’s work ... The enjoyment in reading Connell lies in the inventiveness with which she formulates concepts and images."
Gender: Journal for Gender, Culture and Society

"Presenting the leading edge of gender theory and research, the second edition of Gender is the smartest and most compelling introduction to critical gender studies that is currently available. Connell remains a steady and reliable guide for the student of gender and society."
Steven Seidman, State University of New York at Albany

"This is an important and eminently readable introduction to 'gender', now updated to provide an even more useful guide to a complex, and increasingly global, interdisciplinary field. Connell's narrative style and abundant examples make it very accessible, but it never oversimplifies. She manages to keep in sight both social structure and human agency while tackling debates that span the personal and the political. Few texts are able to cover this much ground without sacrificing complexity, but Connell does it with great success."
Barbara Marshall, Trent University
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