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December 2017 | 256 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

The Social Life of Gender provides a comprehensive approach to gender as an organizing principle of institutions, history, and unequal interpersonal relations. This new title will develop students’ capacity to use gender analysis to question social life more broadly, presenting a critical sociology based on the unique insights gleaned from the study of gender. Through bold, concise, and intellectually generative writing, the authors explore culture, geopolitics, and the economy, providing students with a succinct, accessible, and critical grasp of core debates in the sociology of gender.

 

Dawn Dow, Katherine Mason
Acknowledgments
Katherine Maich, Gowri Vijayakumar
Author Biographies
 
Introduction: Conceptualizing Gender
 
Chapter 1: Power (Abigail Andrews)
Introduction

 
The Gender Orders of Institutions

 
Gender Hegemonies

 
A History of Gender Hegemonies

 
The Ambiguities of "Progress"

 
Keywords

 
Questions

 
Associated Readings

 
 
Chapter 2: Position (Abigail Andrews)
Introduction

 
Thinking through Difference: Beyond Universality and Objectivity

 
Standpoint Theory: A Sociology for Women

 
From Thinking Gender to Thinking Difference

 
Beyond Binary Thinking

 
An Epistemology of Difference

 
Keywords

 
Questions

 
Associated Readings

 
 
Chapter 3: Representation (Jennifer Carlson)
Introduction

 
Emphasized Femininity

 
The Power of Images

 
Imperial Advertising and Commodity Fetishism

 
Gendered Advertising and the Growth of Industrial Capitalism in the U.S.

 
Norms of Neoliberalism

 
How Images Harm

 
Representing Hegemonic Masculinity

 
Marginalized Masculinities

 
Conclusion: Shifting Gendered Norms

 
Keywords

 
Questions

 
Associated Readings

 
 
Chapter 4: Practice (Jennifer Carlson)
Introduction

 
From Gender Identities to Gender Practices

 
Gender Accountability

 
Interrogating the Science of Sexual Difference

 
Embodiment: Bodies as the Effect of Gender

 
Doing/Undoing Gender and Sex

 
Keywords

 
Questions

 
Associated Readings

 
 
Chapter 5: Gendering Sexuality (Oluwakemi M. Balogun & Kimberly Kay Hoang)
Introduction

 
The Development of Human Sexuality as a Field of Inquiry

 
Early Feminist Interventions: Force versus Consent

 
Contemporary Debates around Sex Trafficking

 
The Politics of Sexual Rights: LGBTQ Rights Movement

 
From Sexuality to Sexualities: Power and Play

 
Doing Gender, Doing Sexuality

 
Sexualized Intersections: Sexuality, Race, Class, and Nation

 
Globalizing Sexualities

 
Keywords

 
Questions

 
Associated Readings

 
 
Chapter 6: Gendering Crime and Justice (Jennifer Carlson)
Introduction

 
From Violence against Women to Sexual Violence and Intimate Partner Violence

 
Rape Myths

 
The Social Construction of Victims and Criminals

 
The Paradox of Women's Violence: Blurring Victimhood and Criminality

 
The Gender Gap in Violence: Men and Masculinity

 
Gendering Justice

 
Undoing Violence, Recognizing Gender

 
Keywords

 
Questions

 
Associated Readings

 
 
Chapter 7: Gendering Social Reproduction (Dawn Dow & Katherine Mason)
Introduction

 
The Social Organization of Biological Reproduction: Historical and Global Perspectives

 
Adoption and Fosterage: Decoupling Biological Reproduction from Child-Rearing

 
Outsourcing Reproduction and Reproducing Inequality

 
Who is Responsible for Social Reproduction? Historical and Global Perspectives

 
What Does Reproductive Labor Entail?

 
Debating Reproductive Labor

 
The Stalled Revolution: Persisting Gender Differences in Reproductive Labor

 
The Mommy Wars and the "Opt-Out Revolution"

 
New Family Forms, New Forms of Social Reproduction? Legal and Technological Innovations

 
Conclusion

 
Keywords

 
Questions

 
Associated Readings

 
 
Chapter 8: Gendering Exploitation (Abigail Andrews and Raka Ray)
Introduction

 
Gender Norms and Inequities in Today's Workplace

 
Occupational Segregation by Sex

 
The Glass Ceiling and the Glass Escalator

 
Explaining Sex Segregation at Work

 
The Gender Wage Gap

 
Other Forms of Discrimination

 
Barriers to Union Organizing

 
Gendering Neoliberal Globalization

 
Gendered Migration and the Global Care Chain

 
The Global Factory and the New Feminine Worker

 
Microfinance, the “Responsible Woman,” and the Triple Burden of Public Service

 
Gender Transformations in the Informal Economy

 
Reconstructing Masculinities on the Margins

 
The End of Men? Or More Glass Ceiling?

 
Beyond the Gendered Economy

 
Keywords

 
Questions

 
Associated Readings

 
 
Chapter 9: Politicizing Gender (Gowri Vijayakumar and Katherine Maich)
Introduction

 
Rethinking the History of Feminism: Waves and Currents

 
Nineteenth and Early 20th-Century Gender Activism in the United States

 
Feminisms in the United States during the 1960s and 1970s

 
The 1980s and 1990s: Critiques of White Feminism, Queer Politics, and Transnational Solidarities

 
The 2000s and Beyond: Institutionalization, Backlash, and New Directions

 
Conclusion

 
Keywords

 
Questions

 
Associated Readings

 
 
Chapter 10: Decolonizing Gender (Raka Ray)
Introduction

 
Constructing the Global World Order

 
The Effects of Struggles around Decolonization

 
Colonial Positions and the Politics of Knowledge

 
The Geopolitical Construction of Gender

 
Contextualizing Our Concepts: Ideas Mediated by Culture

 
Conclusion

 
Keywords

 
Questions

 
Associated Readings

 
Olawakemi Balogun, Kimberly Hoang
References

Supplements

Instructor teaching site
SAGE Gender and Sexuality Resource Site is an open access site meant to enhance the teaching and learning environments in gender and sexuality courses. Video, podcast, and web links are provided for the following topic areas: 
  • Theories of Gender and Sexuality
  • Learning and "Doing Gender" 
  • Sexual Minorities
  • Sexual Violence and Commodification 
  • Crime, Social Control, and the Legal System 
  • Religion
  • Politics and Power
  • Families, Intimate Relationships, and Reproduction 
  • The Workplace
  • Health and Medicine
  • Education
  • Sports
  • Media and Popular Culture
  • Social Movements and Activism 
  • Gender and Sexuality Across Cultures

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter (1) – (Power).

Chapter (6) – (Gendering Crime & Justice).


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