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Gender and Identity: Key Themes and New Directions

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Oxford University Press

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Gender and Identity brings a new perspective to our gender studies list, and to the study of gender in Canada, by looking at gender construction through the lens of identity. Using case studies and solid theoretical analysis, the book explores relationships between gender and sexuality, religion, race and ethnicity, parenting, education, work, and sport, linking these discussions to how identity is formed and expressed. In the course of the text, the authors show that gender is essentially the social performance of our sex identity, hardly fixed and, indeed, subject to change over time. This addition to our gender list will use the latest in gender theory to make explicit the natural links between gender and identity, providing a refreshing and contemporary experience for students.

Author Biography

Stephen Whitehead is senior lecturer in education in the School of Public Policy and Professional Practice at Keele University in Staffordshire, UK. He has published extensively in the field of gender, including both popular and more academic titles.

Anissa Talahite has taught at Manchester Metropolitan University in the UK and at the University of Toronto, out of the English department. She is currently a sessional lecturer in the Women and Gender Studies Institute at U of T. Anissa has written on postcolonial literature and theory, particularly women's literature in the context of migration.

Roy Moodley is associate professor at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto and director of the Centre for Diversity in Counselling and Psychotherapy.

Table of Contents

Introduction PART ONE Theorizing Gender Identity: Classical and Contemporary Theories
1 Classical Approaches and Their Critiques
2 Poststructuralist and Postmodernist Approaches
3 Theories of Identity and Difference
PART TWO The Politics of Gender Identity
4 Gender and the Politics of Belonging: Place, Nationhood, Culture, and Globalization
5 Contradictory Discourses: Religion and Spiritual Belief, Sex and Sexuality
6 Gender Movements and Media Representations
PART THREE The Practices of Gender Identity
7 Public/Private Self; Love, Intimacy, and Relationships; Friendship and Association
8 Understanding the Relationship between the Private and the Public: Family, Work, Management, and Organization
9 Education and Schooling; Sport and Leisure
10 Bodies, Embodiment, Violence, and Aging
PART FOUR New Directions in Gender Identity
11 Globalized and Diasporic; Cyber Wo/man; Postmodern Man; Postmodern Woman

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