Thinking about Women : Sociological Perspectives on Sex and Gender

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  • Edition: 8th
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  • Copyright: 2010-06-08
  • Publisher: Allyn & Bacon
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Thinking about Womenintroduces readers to how gender operates in societyinfluencing womenrs"s and menrs"s self-concepts, relationships with others, life opportunities, and experiences of inequality. This text examines how gender and the differences it makes still permeate womenrs"s and menrs"s lives. Also, the text discusses how gender is socially constructed-that is, formed through early learning patterns that are continuously reinforced throughout all social institutions. Also, the text shows how gender intersects with other social factors, especially race and class, but also sexual orientation, age, religion, and nationality, among others.

Table of Contents

Studying Women: Feminist Perpectives
Gender, Culture, and Sex
The Social Construction of Gender
Gender, Culture and the Media: The Social Construction of Knowedge
Secuality and Intimate Relationships
Gender and Social Institutions
Gender, Work and the Economy
Women and Families
Gender, Health, and Reproduction
Women and Religion
Women, Crime and Deviance
Gender, Education, and Science
Women, Power and Politics
Gender and Social Change: Frameworks of Feminism
Women and Social Reform: Liberal Feminism
Contemporary Frameworks in Feminist Theory
All chapters end with Chapter Summary and Themes
Key Terms
Discussion Questions/Projects for Thought
Internet Resources; and Suggested Readings
Introduction Chapter
Studying Women: Feminist Perspectives
Why Study Women?
The Sociological Imagination
Defining Feminism
Women's Studies and the Inclusion of Women
The Significance of Gender, Race, and Class
The Growth of Men's Studies
A Sociological Framework for Thinking about Women
Gender, Culture, and Sex
The Social Construction of Gender
The Biological Basis of Sex Differences Ambiguous Sex Identities
Nature/Nurture and Sexually Dimorphic Traits Biological Determinism
The Difference Culture Makes
The Institutional Basis of Gender Socialization and the Formation the Gender
Identity Socialization across the Life Course Theoretical Perspectives on the Formation of Gender Identity
Gender, Culture and the Media
The Social Construction of Knowledge
Gender, Language and Popular Culture
Gender and the Media
The Sociology of Knowledge
Sexuality and Intimate Relationships
The Social Construction of Sexuality
The History of Sexuality in the United States
Contemporary Sexual Attitudes and Behavior
Race, Sexuality, and Power
Sexual Development over the Life Cycle
Love and Intimate Relationships
Friendship Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Experiences
Gender and Social Institutions
Gender, Work and the Economy
Historical Perspectives on Women's Work
What is Work?
Gender and Class Stratification
The Contemporary Status of Women
Poverty and Welfare
Work Environments
Intersections of Family and Work
Policies for Gender Equity
Women and Families
Historical Perspectives on Modern Families
Feminist Perspectives on Families
The Diversity of Contemporary Families
Race, Gender, and Families
Families and Social Problems
Gender, Health, and Reproduction
The Social Structure of Health
Race, Class and Health
Gender, Health, and Social Problems
The Politics of Reproduction
Gender and the Health Care System
Women and Religion
Sociological Perspectives on Religion
Religion and Social Control
Religion and the Emergence of Feminism in the United States
Women and Religiosity Women's Status in Religious Institutions
Religion and Social Justice
Women, Crime, and Deviance
Sociological Perspectives on Crime and Deviance
Defining Deviance
Labeling and Social Deviance
Deviance, Power, and Social Conflict
Feminist Pe
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