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Featuring extensive revisions and updates, the Second Edition of The Sociology of Gender: An Introduction to Theory and Research presents an introductory overview of gender theory and research, and continues to offer a unique and compelling approach to one of the most important topics in the field of sociology. Features extensive revisions and updates, and incorporates recent cross-national research on gender Expands and develops frameworks introduced in first edition 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

Author Biography

Amy S. Wharton is Professor of Sociology and Director of the College of Liberal Arts at Washington State University, Vancouver. Dr Wharton's research on gender inequality, the sociology of work, and work-family policies has been published in the American Sociological Review, Social Forces, and Work Occupations, as well as many other peer-reviewed journals and edited books. She is the editor of Working in America: Continuity, Conflict, and Change (2002, 2nd ed.) and co-author of The Sociology of Work: Structures and Inequalities (2009).

Table of Contents

Introduction to the Sociology of Genderp. 1
Chapter Objectivesp. 1
Introductionp. 2
Sociological Vantage Pointsp. 3
A Brief History of the Sociological Study of Genderp. 5
Defining Genderp. 8
Three Frameworks for Understanding Genderp. 16
Gender Mattersp. 18
Who is to Blame? Understanding Gender Inequalityp. 19
Chapter Summaryp. 20
Further Readingp. 21
Key Termsp. 21
Critical Thinking Questionsp. 21
Conceptual Approachesp. 23
The Gendered Personp. 25
Chapter Objectivesp. 25
Sex Differences in Traits, Abilities, or Behavioral Dispositionsp. 27
The Origins of Sex Differencesp. 31
Environmental Explanations of Sex Differences: Becoming Genderedp. 36
Sex Differences and Social Policy: The Case of Mathematics Aptitudep. 50
Sex Differences and Gender Inequalityp. 54
Chapter Summaryp. 56
Further Readingp. 57
Key Termsp. 57
Critical Thinking Questionsp. 58
Gender in Interaction and Institutionsp. 59
Chapter Objectivesp. 59
Interactionist Views of Genderp. 60
Gendered Organizations/Gendered Institutionsp. 86
Toward a Multilayered Conception of Genderp. 92
Chapter Summaryp. 92
Further Readingp. 93
Key Termsp. 93
Critical Thinking Questionsp. 94
Gender in Contextp. 95
Work and Family as Gendered Institutionsp. 97
Chapter Objectivesp. 97
The Division of Laborp. 98
Work, Family, and Gender in the Industrial Agep. 100
A Half-Century of Gender Change: Work, Education, and Gender Egalitarian Beliefsp. 105
Changes in Gender, Family, and Caregivingp. 112
Gender, Work, and Family: The Roles of Social Policy and the Statep. 122
Gender, Work, and Family in the Twenty-First Century: Looking Aheadp. 126
Chapter Summaryp. 130
Further Readingp. 132
Key Termsp. 132
Critical Thinking Questionsp. 132
Gender, Childhood, and Family Lifep. 135
Chapter Objectivesp. 135
Parents' Preferences for Children's Sexp. 136
˘Is it a Boy or a Girl?÷: Gender Construction in Familiesp. 137
Childhood and the Importance of Same-Gender Peersp. 154
Gender Socialization in Childhood Reconsideredp. 158
The Household Division of Labor and the Familyp. 159
Explaining Women's and Men's Involvement in Household Work and Childcarep. 165
Lesbian and Gay Families Rewriting Family Lifep. 174
Marriage, Families, and Their Consequences for Women and Menp. 175
Chapter Summaryp. 185
Further Readingp. 187
Key Termsp. 187
Critical Thinking Questionsp. 188
Gendered Jobs and Gendered Workersp. 189
Chapter Objectivesp. 189
Sex Segregation and the Division of Labor in Paid Workp. 190
Explaining Sex Segregationp. 198
Gender Typing of Jobs, Hierarchies, and Workplace Expectationsp. 203
The Gender Pay Gapp. 213
Explaining the Gender Pay Gapp. 217
Chapter Summaryp. 220
Further Readingp. 221
Key Termsp. 222
Critical Thinking Questionsp. 222
Epiloguep. 223
Deconstructing Gender Differences and Inequalitiesp. 225
Chapter Objectivesp. 225
Gender Distinctions and Gender Inequalitiesp. 227
The Reproduction of Gender Inequalityp. 229
Challenging Gender Inequalityp. 236
Making Gender Matter Lessp. 240
Chapter Summaryp. 241
Further Readingp. 242
Key Termsp. 242
Critical Thinking Questionsp. 243
Referencesp. 245
Indexp. 265
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