"Amidst the mountains of textbooks and edited volumes in the field of the sociology of gender, Thompson and Armato's book stands alone in its explicit application of the sociological imagination. They masterfully incorporate theory, methods, and research in a manner accessible for the undergraduate classroom... Thompson and Armato go beyond offering another good option for teaching about gender in the undergraduate classroom. For me, they present the one-stop solution."
"The intent of the authors is to open the reader's eyes to the subtle ways in which each and every one of us is affected by sex, gender and feminism... The book encourages the reader to look closely at potential injustices in society and analyze their own experiences of inequality, a process they term 'developing one's feminist sociological imagination'."
Feminism and Psychology
"Well-researched and creatively presented ... Whereas some texts, on any topic, can feel contrived, Thompson and Armato deliver a pattern of examining personal, anonymous experiences that lead the reader to further inquiry."
"Thompson and Armato have helped me reevaluate the virtues of teaching about gender research and feminist conceptual frameworks using a textbook ... Investigating Gender is a great resource for teaching and learning."
"Investigating Gender makes great use of feminism and sociology, and should open students' minds. My students could certainly benefit from this book - I think they would read it and like it. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked the book. Before I read Investigating Gender, I didn't think we needed another gender text. I was wrong."
Linda Treiber, Kennesaw State University
"Investigating Gender is an ideal book for introductory or upper-division undergraduate courses in Sociology of Gender and Women's Studies. Comprehensive, well organized, and accessible, it uses wise pedagogical techniques to frame the learning as more than just knowledge acquisition, so students may track the development of themes, particularly intersectional and global analyses. It acts as an invitation to students - to be investigators, sociologists of gender. I am convinced there is a need for this book - I suspect it will make students lifelong gender investigators."
Emily Gaarder, University of Minnesota-Duluth
"This book demonstrates how to make sense of personal experiences and observations by using a framework of feminist sociological theories, connected to larger social structures and forces. I believe that there is a need for a textbook like this among feminist sociologists who want to encourage their students to become agents of positive social change."
Akiko Yasuike, California Lutheran Universityshow more