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Thinking about Women : Sociological Perspectives on Sex and Gender,9780205302260

Thinking about Women : Sociological Perspectives on Sex and Gender

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Edition:
5th
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9780205302260

ISBN10:
0205302262
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Paperback
Pub. Date:
9/1/1999
Publisher(s):
Prentice Hall
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Summary

Thinking About Women: Sociological Perspectives on Sex and Gender, Seventh Edition, provides a comprehensive review of feminist scholarship in the social sciences, showing how gender operates in every aspect of society, and how the experiences of both men and women are created through social institutions. The seventh edition introduces new discussions on numerous topics including gay marriage, welfare reform, women and the military, interracial dating and friendship, affirmative action, transgender identities, disability, and the global AIDS epidemic. Book jacket.

Author Biography

Margaret Andersen is the former editor of Gender & Society, the recipient of the Sociologists for Women in Society Feminist Lecturer Award, and a leading scholar and teacher

Table of Contents

Preface ix
About the Author xiv
PART I Introduction
Studying Women: Feminist Perspectives
1(18)
The Sociological Imagination
4(3)
Defining Feminism
7(3)
Women's Studies and the Inclusion of Women
10(6)
The Sociological Framework for Thinking About Women
16(1)
Summary
16(1)
Key Terms
17(1)
Discussion Questions/Projects for Thought
18(1)
Suggested Readings
18(1)
PART II Gender, Sex, and Culture
The Social Construction of Gender
19(32)
Sex, Gender, and Sexuality
20(2)
The Institutional Basis of Gender
22(2)
Sex Differences: Biology and Gender
24(6)
Socialization and the Formation of Gender Identity
30(5)
Socialization across the Life Course
35(6)
Theoretical Perspectives on the Formation of Gender
41(5)
Limitations of the Socialization Perspective
46(2)
Summary
48(1)
Key Terms
48(1)
Discussion Questions/Projects for Thought
49(1)
Suggested Readings
49(2)
Gender and Culture: The Social Construction of Knowledge
51(29)
Gender, Language, and Popular Culture
53(3)
Gendered Images in the Media
56(9)
The Sociology of Knowledge
65(4)
Women and Educational Thought
69(5)
Gender, Science, and Society
74(4)
Summary
78(1)
Key Terms
78(1)
Discussion Questions/Projects for Thought
78(1)
Suggested Readings
79(1)
Sexuality and Intimate Relationships
80(25)
The Social Construction of Sexuality
80(1)
The History of Sexuality in the United States
81(2)
Contemporary Sexual Attitudes and Behavior
83(4)
Race, Sexuality, and Power
87(1)
Sexual Development over the Life Cycle
88(4)
Love and Intimate Relationships
92(4)
Friendship
96(1)
Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Experiences
97(5)
Summary
102(1)
Key Terms
103(1)
Discussion Questions/Projects for Thought
103(1)
Suggested Readings
104(1)
PART III Gender and Social Institutions
Women, Work, and the Economy
105(48)
Historical Perspectives on Women's Work
106(8)
What Is Work?
114(1)
Gender and Class Stratification
115(2)
The Contemporary Status of Women
117(19)
Poverty and Welfare
136(3)
Work Environments for Women
139(4)
Intersections of Family and Work
143(5)
Policies for Gender Equity
148(2)
Summary
150(1)
Key Terms
151(1)
Discussion Questions/Projects for Thought
151(1)
Suggested Readings
151(2)
Women and Families
153(42)
Historical Perspectives on Modern Families
154(4)
Feminist Perspectives on Families
158(5)
Portraits of Contemporary Households
163(11)
Race, Gender, and Families
174(7)
Families and Social Problems
181(11)
Summary
192(1)
Key Terms
193(1)
Discussion Questions/Projects for Thought
193(1)
Suggested Readings
193(2)
Women, Health, and Reproduction
195(36)
The Social Structure of Health
196(2)
Race, Class, and Health
198(2)
Women, Work, and Health
200(4)
Gender, Health, and Social Problems
204(6)
The Politics of Reproduction: Birth Control, Abortion, and Childbirth
210(14)
Women and the Health Care System
224(3)
Summary
227(1)
Key Terms
228(1)
Discussion Questions/Projects for Thought
228(1)
Suggested Readings
229(2)
Women and Religion
231(28)
Sociological Perspectives on Religion
232(2)
Religion and Social Control
234(2)
Religion and the Emergence of Feminism in the United States
236(2)
Women and Religiosity
238(5)
Women's Status in Religious Institutions
243(4)
Religion, Racism, and Social Change
247(2)
Religion as a Basis for Antifeminism
249(3)
Faith, Feminism, and Spirituality
252(3)
Summary
255(2)
Key Terms
257(1)
Discussion Questions/Projects for Thought
257(1)
Suggested Readings
257(2)
Women, Crime, and Deviance
259(31)
Origins of Deviance Theory
261(2)
Sociological Perspectives on Crime and Deviance
263(6)
Women as Criminals
269(5)
Women as Victims of Crime
274(8)
Women in the Criminal Justice System
282(5)
Summary
287(1)
Key Terms
288(1)
Discussion Questions/Projects for Thought
288(1)
Suggested Readings
288(2)
Women, Power, and Politics
290(33)
Defining Power
291(2)
Women and the State
293(2)
Women and the Law
295(2)
Women in Government
297(6)
Women and the Military
303(5)
Rethinking the Political
308(2)
The Women's Movement
310(10)
Summary
320(1)
Key Terms
321(1)
Discussion Questions/Projects for Thought
321(1)
Suggested Readings
322(1)
PART IV Feminist Theory and Social Change
Women and Social Reform: Liberal Feminism
323(24)
Frameworks of Feminist Theory
324(2)
The Liberal Basis of Modern Feminism
326(1)
Liberalism as a Mode of Social Thought
327(3)
An Enlightenment for Women?
330(1)
Mary Wollstonecraft
331(2)
Harriet Martineau
333(2)
John Stuart Mill and Harriet Taylor Mill
335(8)
The Critique of Liberalism
343(1)
Summary
344(1)
Key Terms
345(1)
Discussion Questions/Projects for Thought
345(1)
Suggested Readings
346(1)
Radical Alternatives: Socialist and Radical Feminism
347(29)
The Political Context of Radical Feminism
348(2)
The Marxist Perspective
350(7)
Socialist Feminism
357(1)
Family and Economy in Capitalist Society
358(4)
Radical Feminism
362(3)
Intersections of Capitalism and Patriarchy
365(6)
Comparing Liberal and Radical Feminism
371(2)
Summary
373(1)
Key Terms
374(1)
Discussion Questions/Projects for Thought
374(1)
Suggested Readings
374(2)
Conclusion: New Directions in Feminist Theory
376(13)
Feminist Epistemology
377(3)
Feminism and Postmodernism
380(5)
Feminism and the Analysis of Race, Class, and Gender
385(2)
Key Terms
387(1)
Discussion Questions/Projects for Thought
387(1)
Suggested Readings
387(2)
Glossary 389(4)
Bibliography 393(28)
Name Index 421(8)
Subject Index 429


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