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The Sociology of Gender: An Introduction to Theory and Research

The Sociology of Gender: An Introduction to Theory and Research

Amy S. Wharton

ISBN: 978-1-405-14343-1

Feb 2009, Wiley-Blackwell

280 pages

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$38.99

Description

Gender is one of the most important topics in the field of sociology, and as a system of social practices it inspires a multitude of theoretical approaches. The Sociology of Gender offers an introductory overview of gender theory and research, offering a unique and compelling approach.

  • Treats gender as a multilevel system operating at the individual, interactional, and institutional levels.
  • Stresses conceptual and theoretical issues in the sociology of gender.
  • Offers an accessible yet intellectually sophisticated approach to current gender theory and research.
  • Includes pedagogical features designed to encourage critical thinking and debate.
  • Closer Look readings at the end of each chapter give a unique perspective on chapter topics by presenting relevant articles by leading scholars.
Introduction To The Sociology Of Gender:.

Introduction.

Sociological Vantage Points.

A Brief History Of The Sociological Study Of Gender.

What Is Gender?.

A Working Definition Of Gender.

Three Frameworks For Understanding Gender.

Gender Matters.

Who’s To Blame: Understanding Gender Inequality.

Chapter Summary.

For Further Reading.

A Close Look.

"What’s In A Name?" Harbour Fraser Hodder.

Part I: Conceptual Approaches:.

2. The Gendered Person:.

Chapter Objectives.

Sex And Gender.

Sex And Sex Category.

The Gendered Person.

Gender As Traits, Abilities, Or Behavioral Dispositions.

Sex Difference Research.

Sex Differences And Gender Inequality.

Becoming Gendered.

Chapter Summary.

For Further Reading.

Key Terms.

A Closer Look.

"Evolution, Males, And Violence" David P. Barash.

"Ambiguous Genitalia And The Construction Of Gender" Suzanne J. Kessler.

"The Science And Politics Of Comparing Men And Women" Alice H. Eagly.

3. The Gendered Person:.

Chapter Objectives.

Interactionist Views Of Gender.

Gendered Organizations.

Gendered Institutions.

Toward A Multilayered Conception Of Gender.

Chapter Summary.

For Further Reading.

Key Terms.

A Closer Look.

"If You Let Me Play:’ Nike Ads And Gender" Robert Goldman And Stephen Papson.

"Resources For Doing Gender" Candace West And Don Zimmerman.

Part II: Gender In Context:.

4. Work And Family As Gendered Institutions:.

Chapter Objectives.

The Division Of Labor.

Gender, Work, And Family In Historical Perspective.

The Post-Industrial Era: Married Women’s Rising Labor Force Participation.

Portraits Of Family And Work.

A Broader View: Gender And Social Organization.

Work And Family Revisited.

Chapter Summary.

For Further Reading.

Key Terms.

A Closer Look.

"Constructing Jobs As Women’s Work In World War II" Ruth Milkman.

"Work-Family Arrangements In Four Countries" Laura Den Dulk.

5. Gender, Childhood, And Family Life:.

Chapter Objectives.

"Is It A Boy Or A Girl?" Gender Construction In Children.

The Household Division Of Labor And The Family.

Marriage, Families, And Their Consequences For Women And Men.

Chapter Summary.

For Further Reading.

Key Terms.

A Closer Look.

"Raising Gender-Aschematic Children" Sandra Lipsitz Bem.

"The Meaning Of Motherhood In Black Culture" Patricia Hill Collins.

"The Wage Penalty For Motherhood" Michelle J. Budig And Paula England.

6. Gendered Jobs And Gendered Workers:.

Chapter Objectives.

Explaining The Sex Segregation Of Jobs And Occupations.

Gender-Typing Of Jobs, Occupations, And Hierarchies.

The Wages Of Gender.

Chapter Summary.

For Further Reading.

Key Terms.

A Closer Look.

"Women As Emotion Managers" Arlie Russell Hochschild.

"Hegemonic Masculinity In Female Occupations" Christine L. Williams.

Part III: Epilogue:.

7. Deconstructing Gender Differences And Inequalities:.

Chapter Objectives.

Gender Distinctions And Inequalities.

The Reproduction Of Gender Inequality.

Challenging Gender Inequality.

Making Gender Matter Less.

Chapter Summary.

For Further Reading.

Key Terms.

A Closer Look.

"Privilege As Paradox" Allan G. Johnson.

"Gender Vertigo" Barbara J. Risman

“An excellent, theoretically complex, and clear introduction to the sociology of gender. It is consistently interesting, weaving theory and research to illuminate fundamental questions and complicated contemporary issues. I would use it, with pleasure.”

Joan Acker, University of Oregon


“Exceptional for its breadth and brevity, this book shows unique respect for students as sociological thinkers. Wharton engagingly presents up-to-date theoretical tools of gender analysis to help students explore the difficult, current questions posed by sociologists of gender.”

Sarah Beth Estes, University of Cincinnati


  • Treats gender as a multilevel system operating at the individual, interactional, and institutional levels.
  • Stresses conceptual and theoretical issues in the sociology of gender.
  • Offers an accessible yet intellectually sophisticated approach to current gender theory and research.
  • Includes pedagogical features designed to encourage critical thinking and debate.
  • Closer Look readings at the end of each chapter give a unique perspective on chapter topics by presenting relevant articles by leading scholars.