The Gendered Society Reader

The Gendered Society Reader

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The battle between the sexes has raged on for centuries, but are men and women really from different planets? In The Gendered Society Reader, Third Edition, coeditors Michael S. Kimmel and Amy Aronson pull together an array of dynamic voices-both male and female, classic and contemporary-to examine various interpretations of gender. These lively, in-depth readings explore gender discourse over a wide range of disciplines, focusing primarily on two central issues: difference and domination. Carefully balanced to reflect the diversity of its subject, this text addresses provocative and fundamental questions including: * How are males and females different? * What do these differences mean? * How do various cultures interpret gender? * Why do societies continue to differentiate people on the basis of gender? * Why is it that almost every known society is based on male domination? The reader mirrors the intuitive structure of Kimmel's companion volume, The Gendered Society, Third Edition. The first sections are arranged by discipline, presenting classic statements on theoretical perspectives and research inquiries.The final sections examine the often fraught relationships between gender and education, the workplace, the body, the family, love, and sex. The celebrated contributors include Margaret Mead, Peggy Reeves Sanday, Joan Acker, Judith Lorber, Robert M. Sapolsky, Scott Coltrane, and many more. Thoughtfully updated with rich and timely new material, the third edition also introduces a vibrant section on the media, which features incisive explorations of video games and pornography. A popular and now classic text, The Gendered Society Reader is both informative and entertaining; it is required reading for students, scholars, and anyone curious about the fascinating study of more

Product details

  • Paperback | 624 pages
  • 162.56 x 228.6 x 22.86mm | 793.78g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Revised
  • 3rd Revised edition
  • black & white illustrations, black & white tables
  • 0195337166
  • 9780195337167

Table of contents

Introduction, Michael S. Kimmel ; PART 1. ANATOMY AND DESTINY: BIOLOGICAL ARGUMENTS ABOUT GENDER DIFFERENCE ; Psychological Sex Differences: Origins Through Sexual Selection, Davis M. Buss ; Believing is Seeing: Biology as Ideology, Judith Lorber ; Testosterone Rules, Robert M. Sapolsky ; PART 2. CULTURAL CONSTRUCTIONS OF GENDER ; Sex and Temperament in Three Primitive Societies, Margaret Mead ; Coming of Age and Coming Out Ceremonies Across Cultures, Gilbert Herdt ; Doing Difference, Candace West and Sarah Fenstermaker ; PART 3. PSYCHOLOGY OF SEX ROLES ; The Gender Similarities Hypothesis, Janet Shibley Hyde ; "Dude, You're a Fag": Adolescent Masculinity and the Fag Discourse, C.J. Pascoe ; The Exotic-Becomes-Erotic Theory of Sexual Orientation, Daryl J. Bem ; PART 4. THE SOCIAL CONSTRUCTION OF GENDER RELATIONS ; Boundaries, Negotiation, Consciousness: Reconceptualizing Gender Relations, Judith M. Gerson and Kathy Peiss ; Doing Gender, Candace West and Don H. Zimmerman ; Beards, Breasts, and Bodies: Doing Sex in a Gendered World, Raine Dozier ; PART 5. THE GENDERED FAMILY ; Modern Marriage: Revising the Cultural Script, David Popenoe ; Household Labor and the Routine Production of Gender, Scott Coltrane ; Retirement: Golden Years for Whom?, Toni Calasanti ; PART 6. THE GENDERED CLASSROOM ; Being a Girl and Being a Boy: The Voices of Middle Schoolers, Karen Zittleman ; "Spice Girls," "Nice Girls," "Girlies," and "Tomboys": Gender Discourses, Girls' Cultures, and Femininities in the Primary Classroom, Diane Reay ; Making a Name for Yourself: Transgressive Acts and Gender Performance, Ann Ferguson ; PART 7. THE GENDERED WORKPLACE ; Hierarchies, Jobs, Bodies: A Theory of Gendered Organizations, Joan Acker ; Bringing the Men Back In: Sex Differentiation and the Devaluation of Women's Work, Barbara F. Reskin ; The Glass Escalator: Hidden Advantages for Men in the "Female" Professions, Christine L. Williams ; Farewell to the Organization Man: The Feminization of Loyalty in High-End and Low-End Service Jobs, Karla Erickson and Jennifer L. Pierce ; PART 8. THE GENDERED MEDIA ; Contested Images of Femininity: An Analysis of Cultural Gatekeepers' Struggles with the "Real Girl" Critique, Melissa A. Milkie ; "Complete Freedom of Movement": Video Games as Gendered Play Spaces, Henry Jenkins ; Guilty Pleasures: Pornography and Male Sexuality, Michael S. Kimmel ; PART 9. THE GENDERED BODY ; The Body and the Reproduction of Femininity, Susan Bordo ; Masculinities and Men's Health: Moving Toward Post-Superman Era Prevention, Don Sabo ; The Many Faces of Gender Inequality, Amartya Sen ; Transgendering: Blurring the Boundaries of Gender, Wendy McKenna and Suzanne Kessler ; PART 10. GENDERED INTIMACIES ; The Feminization of Love, Francesca M. Cancian ; Sexual Tensions in Girls' Friendships, Sharon Lamb ; A Study of Men and Women from Different Sides of Earth to Determine If Men Are from Mars and Women Are from Venus in Their Beliefs About Love and Romantic Relationships, Susan Sprecher and Maura Toro-Morn ; Hooking Up and Forming Romantic Relationships on Today's College Campuses, Paula England, Emily Fitzgibbons Shafer, and Alison C.K. Fogarty ; Sexual Harassment and Masculinity: The Power and Meaning of "Girl Watching", Beth A. Quinn ; PART 11. THE GENDER OF VIOLENCE ; Wars, Wimps, and Women: Talking Gender and Thinking War, Carol Cohn ; The Myth of Sexual Symmetry in Marital Violence, Russell P. Dobash, R. Emerson Dobash, Margo Wilson, and Martin Daly ; Rape-Prone Versus Rape-Free Campus Cultures, Peggy Reeves Sandayshow more

About Michael S. Kimmel

Michael S. Kimmel is Professor of Sociology at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He is author of Manhood in America: A Cultural History, Second Edition (OUP, 2006); coeditor, with Rebecca F. Plante, of Sexualities: Identities, Behaviors, and Society (OUP, 2005); and coeditor, with Michael A. Messner, of Men's Lives, Seventh Edition (2006). Amy Aronson is Assistant Professor of Journalism and Media Studies at Fordham University. She is author of Taking Liberties: Early American Women's Magazines and Their Readers (2002).show more

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A strength of the Kimmel reader is the balanced examination of both genders and sexes. Many other readers focus predominantly on masculinities/males or femininities/females, which makes them inappropriate for a sociology of gender course. Another strength is the preface before each part of the reader. Kimmel provides a 'map' to help students through each chapter. Debbie Storrs, University of Idaho I like the changes from the previous edition. 'The Gendered Media' is a new section entirely, and it makes sense. These new media readings will be of interest to students, which will in turn generate good class discussion. Gail Murphy-Geiss, Colorado Collegeshow more

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