Gender

Overview

Gender issues continue to be a prominent concern of academics andpolicy-makers, and increasingly arise in various forms to bedebated in the public sphere and popular media. But what exactly dowe mean by gender? How can we best understand gender differences? How are current gender relations changing? What new paths are‘femininity’ and ‘masculinity’ taking? Whatwould it be like to live in a society in which differences ofgender were transcended?

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Overview

Gender issues continue to be a prominent concern of academics andpolicy-makers, and increasingly arise in various forms to bedebated in the public sphere and popular media. But what exactly dowe mean by gender? How can we best understand gender differences? How are current gender relations changing? What new paths are‘femininity’ and ‘masculinity’ taking? Whatwould it be like to live in a society in which differences ofgender were transcended?

In this new edition of her popular and highly lauded book, HarrietBradley provides an introduction to the concept of gender and thedifferent theoretical approaches which have developed within genderstudies. Utilizing life narratives, she investigates processes ofgendering in three important spheres of contemporary social life:production, reproduction and consumption. The book highlights thecentrality of gender in everyday life and shows how thinking aboutgender is influenced by changing political contexts. As well asupdating the discussion with the latest scholarship, politicalconcerns and economic data, the new edition pays closer attentionto intersectionality and hybrid identities, as well as exploringthe complexities of contemporary relations of masculinity andfemininity in the light of new feminist activities.

This lively and accessible book will be of interest to studentsacross the social sciences, as well as anyone interested incontemporary relations between women and men.

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‘This new edition of Gender provides a highlyaccessible overview of the changing understanding of this powerfulsocial construct. Using a narrative story-telling approach, HarrietBradley shifts seamlessly between analyses of how gender shapeseveryday life and discussions of how it is deployed in variousinstitutions. By weaving together her own experience of genderedprocesses with the structural practices of consumption, production,and reproduction in local and international contexts, Bradley givesnew meaning to “the personal ispolitical”.’
Nancy Naples, University of Connecticut

‘Harriet Bradley has succeeded in producing a unique andextremely engaging introduction to the complex concept of“gender” which will invigorate scholars at all levels.Dispelling any notion that either feminist theory or genderanalysis are passé, she deftly interweaves theoreticalexegesis, analysis of contemporary social and political issues, andvignettes which illustrate gender as a livedexperience.’
Barbara L. Marshall, Trent University, Canada

‘The first edition of Gender has become anindispensable guide to sociological debates in the field. Thisrevised edition is even better. Harriet Bradley turns her clearanalytical gaze on the changing nature of gender relations in anera of austerity, seeing both optimistic and pessimistic trends inthe emergence of a new politics of gender.’
Linda McDowell, University of Oxford

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Meet the Author

Harriet Bradley is emeritus professor of sociology at the University of Bristol.

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Table of Contents

Preface to Second Edition vii

Introduction: The Concept of Gender 1

IN AND OUT OF THE FRAME: A PERSONAL HISTORY OF GENDER 9

1. What's in a Name? Meanings and Usages of Gender 15

GENDERING AND CLASS: GROWING UP GIRL, GROWING UP BOY 29

2. Gender and Modernity 37

'WHAT'S IT ALL ABOUT?' BEING A MAN IN THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY54

3. Gender and Postmodernity 64

'SISTERS UNDER THEIR SKINS'? IDENTITIES IN A GLOBAL AGE 87

4. Gendered Worlds: Production 98

HAVING IT ALL: FAMILY AND EMPLOYMENT IN WOMEN'S LIVES 118

5. Gendered Worlds: Reproduction 129

MEN, MARRIAGE AND EMOTIONS: ARRANGEMENTS BETWEEN THE SEXES150

6. Gendered Worlds: Consumption 159

IT DOESN'T HAVE TO BE THIS WAY: GENDERED UTOPIAS 183

Conclusion: What the Future Holds – Gender, Theory andPolitics 195

Questions for Discussion 221

Glossary 223

References 227

Index 242

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