Gender

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How can we understand gender in the contemporary world? What psychological difference now exist between women and men? How are masculinities and feminities made? And what is the impact of globalization on gender issues?

Raewyn Connell, one of the world's leading scholars in the field, answers these questions and more. In this book she provides a readable introduction to modern gender studies, covering empirical research from all parts of the world in addition to theory and ...

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Overview

How can we understand gender in the contemporary world? What psychological difference now exist between women and men? How are masculinities and feminities made? And what is the impact of globalization on gender issues?

Raewyn Connell, one of the world's leading scholars in the field, answers these questions and more. In this book she provides a readable introduction to modern gender studies, covering empirical research from all parts of the world in addition to theory and politics. As well as introducing the field, Gender provides a powerful contemporary framework for gender analysis with a distinctive global awareness. Highlighting the multi-dimensional character of gender relations, Connell shows how to link personal life with large-scale organizational structures and how gender politics changes its form in changing situations.

The second edition of this influential and accessible book brings the review of research up to date and includes new discussions of gender theory in the global periphery, the legacy of colonialism, the intersection of structures, the impact of deconstructionist theory and politics, and understanding transsexual and transgender lives.

Gender is engaged scholarship that moves from personal experience to global problems and offers a unique perspective on gender issues today.

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Editorial Reviews

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"I recommend it with great enthusiasm; a delight to read."
Mary Evans, Times Higher Education

"Ideal for students as an introduction to gender studies and gender theory and also well worth reading for anyone who is familiar with Connell’s work ... The enjoyment in reading Connell lies in the inventiveness with which she formulates concepts and images."
Gender: Journal for Gender, Culture and Society

"Presenting the leading edge of gender theory and research, the second edition of Gender is the smartest and most compelling introduction to critical gender studies that is currently available. Connell remains a steady and reliable guide for the student of gender and society."
Steven Seidman, State University of New York at Albany

"This is an important and eminently readable introduction to 'gender', now updated to provide an even more useful guide to a complex, and increasingly global, interdisciplinary field. Connell's narrative style and abundant examples make it very accessible, but it never oversimplifies. She manages to keep in sight both social structure and human agency while tackling debates that span the personal and the political. Few texts are able to cover this much ground without sacrificing complexity, but Connell does it with great success."
Barbara Marshall, Trent University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780745645674
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 5/26/2009
  • Series: Polity Short Introductions Series , #14
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 200
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

Raewyn Connell is University Professor at the University of Sydney.
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Table of Contents

Preface ix

1 The question of gender 1

Noticing gender 1

Understanding gender 5

Defining gender 9

2 Gender research: five examples 13

Case 1. The play of gender in school life 13

Case 2. Manhood and the mines 17

Case 3. Bending gender 20

Case 4. Women, war and memory 23

Case 5. Change from below 27

3 Gender theorists and gender theory 31

In the majority world, 1: Raden Ajeng Kartini 31

In the metropole, 1: from Christine de Pizan to Simone de Beauvoir 32

In the metropole, 2: from Women's Liberation to Queer Theory 38

In the majority world, 2: from the Decade for Women on 44

4 Sex differences and gendered bodies 50

Reproductive difference 50

Conflicting accounts of difference 52

Facts about difference: 'sex similarity' research 60

Social embodiment and the reproductive arena 66

5 Gender relations 72

Patterns in gender: structure and change 72

Gender in four dimensions 75

Power relations: direct, discursive, colonizing 76

Production, consumption and gendered accumulation 79

Emotional relations 81

Symbolism, culture, discourse 83

Interweaving and intersection 85

Gender as history 87

Processes of change 89

Instability 90

Contradiction 90

Colonialism 92

6 Gender in personal life 94

Growing up gendered: sex role socialization, psychoanalysis and embodied learning 94

Gender identity 104

Third gender, transgender, transsexual 109

7 Gender on the large scale 115

The gendered corporation 115

The gendered state 120

Gender in world society 126

Interaction between gender orders 127

New arenas of gender relations 129

8 Gender politics 134

Personal politics 134

Publicpolitics: movements and institutions 137

The stakes: patriarchal dividend, gender harm and gender good 141

The nature and purpose of gender politics 144

Gender politics on a world scale 146

References 152

Index 167

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