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Thinking about Women : Sociological Perspectives on Sex and Gender

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9780205456475

ISBN10:
0205456472
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Pub. Date:
1/1/2006
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Allyn & Bacon
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Summary

Thinking About Women: Sociological Perspectives on Sex and Gender 7th 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.

About the Author:

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.

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 xv
PART I Introduction
Studying Women: Feminist Perspectives
1(20)
Why Study Women?
2(4)
The Sociological Imagination
6(3)
Defining Feminism
9(2)
Women's Studies and the Inclusion of Women
11(2)
The Growth of Men's Studies
13(1)
The Significance of Gender, Race, and Class
14(2)
A Sociological Framework for Thinking about Women
16(5)
Chapter Summary and Themes
16(1)
Key Terms
17(1)
Discussion Questions/ Projects for Thought
18(1)
Internet Resources
18(1)
Suggested Readings
18(3)
PART II Gender, Culture, and Sex
The Social Construction of Gender
21(32)
Biology, Culture, and Society
21(12)
The Biological Basis of Sex Identity
22(1)
Ambiguous Sexual Identities
22(2)
Nature/Nurture and Sexually Dimorphic Traits
24(1)
Biological Determinism
25(2)
The Difference Culture Makes
27(3)
The Institutional Basis of Gender
30(3)
Socialization and the Formation of Gender Identity
33(4)
Sanctions and Expectations
33(2)
Race and Gender Identity
35(2)
Socialization across the Life Course
37(6)
Infancy
37(1)
Childhood Play and Games
38(2)
Socialization and the Schools
40(1)
Adult Socialization and the Aging Process
41(2)
Theoretical Perspectives on the Formation of Gender
43(10)
Identification Theory
43(1)
Social Learning Theory
44(1)
Cognitive-Development Theory
45(1)
Symbolic Interaction and ``Doing Gender''
46(1)
Comparing Theoretical Perspectives
47(1)
Limitations of the Socialization Perspective
48(1)
Chapter Summary and Themes
49(2)
Key Terms
51(1)
Discussion Questions/Projects for Thought
51(1)
Internet Resources
51(1)
Suggested Readings
52(1)
Gender, Culture, and the Media: The Social Construction of Knowledge
53(23)
Gender, Language, and Popular Culture
56(3)
Gender and the Media
59(9)
Content Analysis and the Media
59(5)
Theories about the Media's Influence
64(4)
The Sociology of Knowledge
68(8)
Marx and the Social Construction of Knowledge
69(2)
Sexism as Ideology
71(1)
Chapter Summary and Themes
72(1)
Key Terms
73(1)
Discussion Questions/Projects for Thought
73(1)
Internet Resources
73(1)
Suggested Readings
74(2)
Sexuality and Intimate Relationships
76(28)
The Social Construction of Sexuality
77(1)
The History of Sexuality in the United States
77(2)
Contemporary Sexual Attitudes and Behavior
79(5)
Race, Sexuality, and Power
84(1)
Sexual Development over the Life Cycle
85(3)
Menstruation
86(1)
Menopause
87(1)
Love and Intimate Relationships
88(7)
Interracial Relationships
92(1)
Friendship
93(2)
Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Experiences
95(9)
Chapter Summary and Themes
100(1)
Key Terms
101(1)
Discussion Questions/Projects for Thought
101(1)
Internet Resources
101(1)
Suggested Readings
102(2)
PART III Gender and Social Institutions
Gender, Work, and the Economy
104(49)
Historical Perspectives on Women's Work
105(8)
The Family-Based Economy
106(1)
The Family-Wage Economy
107(2)
The Family-Consumer Economy
109(1)
Ideology and the History of Women's Work
110(3)
What Is Work?
113(2)
Economic Restructuring, Class, and Gender Stratification
115(4)
The Contemporary Status of Women
119(17)
Labor Force Participation
119(1)
Gender Segregation
120(10)
Earnings
130(4)
Promotions
134(2)
Poverty and Welfare
136(3)
Work Environments
139(3)
Tokenism
139(2)
Sexual Harassment
141(1)
Workplace Culture
142(1)
Intersections of Family and Work
142(5)
The Second Shift
143(1)
Housework and Care Work
143(4)
Policies for Gender Equity
147(6)
Chapter Summary and Themes
149(1)
Key Terms
150(1)
Discussion Questions/Projects for Thought
150(1)
Internet Resources
151(1)
Suggested Readings
151(2)
Gender and Families
153(44)
Historical Perspectives on Modern Families
155(4)
Feminist Perspectives on Families
159(6)
The Social Construction of Families
159(2)
Family Diversity
161(1)
The Influence of Class, Race, and Gender
162(1)
Linking Social Structure and Human Action
163(1)
The Family Ideal
164(1)
The Diversity of Contemporary Families
165(11)
Measuring Family Status
166(1)
Divorce
167(1)
Balancing Family and Work
168(2)
Cohabitation
170(1)
Gay and Lesbian Families
171(2)
Motherhood
173(2)
Fatherhood
175(1)
Race, Gender, and Families
176(6)
Families and Social Problems
182(15)
Family Violence
182(5)
Teen Pregnancy
187(2)
Child Care
189(4)
Chapter Summary and Themes
193(1)
Key Terms
194(1)
Discussion Questions/Projects for Thought
194(1)
Internet Resources
195(1)
Suggested Readings
195(2)
Women, Health, and Reproduction
197(35)
The Social Structure of Health
200(5)
Gender and Health
200(2)
Race, Class, and Health
202(1)
Reproduction and Protective Legislation
203(2)
Gender, Health, and Social Problems
205(9)
Gender and the Body: Weight, Food, and Body Image
205(4)
Substance Abuse: Alcohol, Drugs, and Smoking
209(3)
Women and AIDS
212(1)
Disability
213(1)
Health Insurance
214(1)
The Politics of Reproduction
214(12)
Birth Control
215(2)
Abortion
217(1)
Racism and Reproduction
218(1)
The Politics of Birth: Pregnancy and Childbirth
219(6)
New Reproductive Technologies
225(1)
Gender and the Health Care System
226(6)
Women as Health Care Workers
226(1)
The Women's Health Movement
226(2)
Chapter Summary and Themes
228(1)
Key Terms
229(1)
Discussion Questions/Projects for Thought
229(1)
Internet Resources
229(1)
Suggested Readings
230(2)
Women and Religion
232(27)
Sociological Perspectives on Religion
234(1)
Religion and Social Control
235(2)
Religion and the Emergence of Feminism in the United States
237(3)
Women and Religiosity
240(4)
Images of Women in Religion
240(1)
Religious Texts as Interpretive Documents
240(2)
Gender and Religious Beliefs
242(2)
Women's Status in Religious Institutions
244(3)
Gender and Religious Participation
244(2)
Women as Clergy
246(1)
Religion and Social Change
247(12)
Race, Religion and Social Justice
248(1)
Religion and Antifeminism
249(1)
Feminism and the Religious Right in the United States
250(1)
The Abortion Debate: A Conflict of World Views
251(1)
Faith, Feminism, and Spirituality
252(4)
Chapter Summary and Themes
256(1)
Key Terms
256(1)
Discussion Questions/ Projects for Thought
257(1)
Internet Resources
257(1)
Suggested Readings
257(2)
Women, Crime, and Deviance
259(27)
Sociological Perspectives on Crime and Deviance
260(7)
Early Traditions
261(2)
Defining Deviance
263(1)
Labeling and Social Deviance
264(1)
Deviance, Power, and Social Conflict
264(1)
Feminist Perspectives on Deviance
265(2)
Women as Criminals
267(4)
The Extent of Criminality among Women
267(2)
Causes of Women's Crime
269(2)
Defining Crime
271(1)
Women as Victims of Crime
271(8)
Rape
274(2)
Causes of Rape
276(3)
Women in the Criminal Justice System
279(7)
Gender and the Courts
279(1)
Women and Prison
280(3)
Chapter Summary and Themes
283(1)
Key Terms
283(1)
Discussion Questions/ Projects for Thought
284(1)
Internet Resources
284(1)
Suggested Readings
284(2)
Gender, Education, and Science
286(29)
Women and the History of Education
288(2)
Gender and Educational Success
290(10)
Gender and Schooling
291(4)
Academic Achievement: Is There a Gender Gap?
295(2)
Gender and the Curriculum
297(1)
Class and Race Inequality
298(2)
Women in Higher Education
300(4)
Gender, Science, and Society
304(11)
The Status of Women in Science
304(3)
Science, Feminism, and the Social Construction of Knowledge
307(5)
Chapter Summary and Themes
312(1)
Key Terms
313(1)
Discussion Questions/Projects for Thought
313(1)
Internet Resources
313(1)
Suggested Readings
313(2)
Women, Power, and Politics
315(33)
Defining Power
317(1)
Women and the State
318(2)
Women and the Law
320(3)
Women in Government
323(5)
The Gender Gap
327(1)
Do Women Make a Difference?
327(1)
Women and the Military
328(3)
Lesbians and Gays in the Military
330(1)
Feminism and Militarism
331(1)
Rethinking the Political
331(2)
The Women's Movement
333(15)
American Feminism in the Nineteenth Century
334(3)
The Emergence of the Contemporary Women's Movement
337(2)
Feminism and Civil Rights
339(1)
The Second Wave of Feminism
340(2)
Feminism for the Twenty-First Century: A Third Wave?
342(2)
Chapter Summary and Themes
344(1)
Key Terms
345(1)
Discussion Questions/Projects for Thought
345(1)
Internet Resources
346(1)
Suggested Readings
346(2)
PART IV Gender and Social Change: Frameworks of Feminism
Women and Social Reform, Liberal Feminism
348(25)
Frameworks of Feminist Theory
350(3)
The Liberal Basis of Modern Feminism
353(1)
Liberalism as a Mode of Social Thought
354(4)
Early Liberal Feminists
358(10)
Mary Wollstonecraft
358(2)
Harriet Martineau
360(2)
John Stuart Mill and Harriet Taylor Mill
362(6)
The Critique of Liberal Feminism
368(5)
Chapter Summary and Themes
370(1)
Key Terms
371(1)
Discussion Questions/Projects for Thought
371(1)
Internet Resources
372(1)
Suggested Readings
372(1)
Contemporary Frameworks in Feminist Theory
373(31)
The Radical Origins of Feminist Theory: The Critique of Liberal Feminism
374(1)
Historical Roots of Radical Feminism
375(2)
Socialist Feminism: The Importance of Class and Capitalism
377(9)
Karl Marx and Historical Materialism
377(2)
Class and Capitalism
379(1)
Ideology and Consciousness
380(2)
The Woman Question
382(1)
The Socialist Feminist Critique of Marx
383(3)
Radical Feminism: The Power of Patriarchy
386(4)
The Sex/Gender System
387(1)
Sexuality and the State
387(1)
Intersections of Capitalism and Patriarchy
388(1)
Comparing Liberal, Socialist, and Radical Feminism
389(1)
Multiracial Feminism
390(3)
Postmodernist Feminism
393(4)
Queer Theory and Sexualities
397(2)
Continuing Questions for Feminist Theory
399(5)
Chapter Summary and Themes
400(1)
Key Terms
401(1)
Discussion Questions/ Projects for Thought
401(1)
Internet Resources
402(1)
Suggested Readings
402(2)
Glossary 404(5)
Bibliography 409(30)
Name Index 439(10)
Subject Index 449


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