The Gendered Society: Readings

The Gendered Society: Readings

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Designed as a companion volume to "The Gendered Society", the overall purpose of these readings is to provide students with a sense of different discourses on gender that have been produced by a wide range of disciplines. In a series of readings, both classic and contemporary, from the biological sciences, anthropology, cross-culture studies, psychoanalysis, developmental psychology, and gender studies, Kimmel focuses on the two major issues in the study of gender - difference and domination - looking at such fundamental questions as: how are males and females different? What do these differences mean? why does it mean different things in different cultures to be male or female? why is it that virtually every society differentiates people on the basis on gender? why is that virtually every known society is also based on male domination? The first sections are organized by discipline, collecting classic statements of different theoretical perspectives and research inquiries. The final sections address various substantive issues such as: sex; gender and work; and love, sex, and the family.
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  • Hardback | 416 pages
  • 160 x 236.2 x 22.9mm | 725.76g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0195125851
  • 9780195125856

Table of contents

I Anatomy and destiny - biological arguments about gender differences: Davis M. Buss, psychological sex differences - origins through sexual selection; Robert M. Sapolsky, the trouble with testosterone - will boys just be boys?; Carol Travis, the mismeasure of woman. II Cultural constructions of gender: Margaret Mead, sex and temperament in three primitive societies; John W.M. Whiting, Richard Kluckhohn, and Albert Anthony, the function of male initiation ceremonies at puberty; Peggy Reeves Sanday, the socio-cultural context of rape - a cross-cultural study. III Psychology of sex roles: Lewis Terman and Catherine Cox Miles, sex and personality - studies in masculinity and feminity; Kay Deaux and Brenda Major, a social psychological model of gender; Daryl J. Bem, exotic becomes erotic - theory of sexual orientation. IV The social construction of gender relations; Joan Acker, hierarchies, jobs, bodies - a theory of gendered organizations; Judith Gerson and Kathy Peiss, boundaries, negotiation, consciousness - reconceptualizing gender relations; Candace West and Don H. Zimmerman, doing gender. V The gendered family: David Popenoe, modern marriage - revising the cultural script; Scott Coltrane, household labour and the routine production of gender; Katherine R. Allen and David H. Demo, the families of lesbian and gay men - a new frontier in family research. VI the gendered classroom; Myra Sadker, David Sadker, Lynn Fox, and Melinda Salata, gendered equity in the classroom - the unfinished agenda; Nan Stein, sexual harassment in K-12 schools; Katherine Canada and Richard Pringle, the role of gender in college classroom interactions - a social context approach. VII The gendered workplace: Barbara Reskin, bringing the men back in - sex differentiation and the devaluation of women's work; Judith Lorber, guarding the gates - the micropolitics of gender; Christine L. Williams, the glass escalator - hidden advantages for men in the "female" professions. VIII Gendered intimacies: Lillian Rubin, the approach-avoidance dance - men, women, and intimacy; Francesca M. Cancian, the feminization of love; Scott Swain, covert intimacy - closeness in men's friendships; Martin P. Levine, the life and death of gay clones. IX The gender of violence: Carol Cohn, wars, wimps, and women - talking gender and thinking war; Russell Dobash, R. Emerson Dobash, Margo Wilson, and Marin Daly, the myth of sexual symmetry in martial violence.
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"Readers curious about what it means to say we live in a gendered society but confused by the trendy mixture of pop psychology, neo-Darwinism, and Mars-Venus theories will value this well-reasoned study."--Booklist"Comprehensive, current, and accessible...This is a book that you will want on your own shelf as a ready reference, but, more important, one that you will want your students to read for its compassion...Michael Kimmel has written a book in which we can all take great pride and comfort." --Beth B. Hess, Gender & Society, December 2000
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