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Featuring a timely new chapter on gender and politics, the fifth edition of The Gendered Society explores current thinking about gender, both inside academia and in our everyday lives. Michael Kimmel challenges the claim that gender is limited to women's experiences—his compelling and balanced study of gender includes both masculine and feminine perspectives.
Kimmel makes three bold and persuasive statements about gender. First, he demonstrates that gender differences are often extremely exaggerated; in fact, he argues that men and women have much more in common than we think they do. Kimmel also challenges the pop psychologists who suggest that gender difference is the cause of inequality between the sexes; instead, he reveals that the reverse is true—gender inequality itself is the cause of the differences between men and women. Finally, he illustrates that gender is not merely an element of individual identity, but a socially constructed institutional phenomenon.
Essential reading for both students and scholars, The Gendered Society, Fifth Edition, is an authoritative, incisive, and lively statement about contemporary gender relations from one of the country's foremost thinkers on the subject.
1. Introduction: Human Beings: An Engendered Species
Part 1: Explanations of Gender
2. Ordained by Nature: Biology Constructs the Sexes
3. Spanning the World: Culture Constructs Gender Difference
4. "So, That Explains It": Psychoanalytic and Developmental Perspectives on Gender
5. The Social Construction of Gender Relations
Part 2: Gendered Identities, Gendered Institutions
6. The Gendered Family: Biology Constructs the Sexes
7. The Gendered Classroom
8. Gender and Religion
9. Separate and Unequal: The Gendered World of Work
10. The Gender of Politics and the Politics of Gender
Part 3: Gendered Interacions
11. The Gendered Media
12. Gendered Intimacies: Friendship and Love
13. The Gendered Body
14. The Gender of Violence
Epilogue: "A Degendered Society"?