Global Perspectives on Gender and Work: Readings and Interpretations

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Overview

Central to all our lives, work affects our status in the state, the family, and the economy. This comprehensive reader examines the myriad ways in which work—whether it is well-paid, unpaid, or underpaid—profoundly influences our roles in both the public and private spheres. Jacqueline Goodman has selected a key set of essays that examine influential arguments on such central themes as (1) the origins of the gendered division of labor; (2) historical trends and economic transformations that affect and are affected by women's position in market and non-market work; (3) the effects of occupational and job segregation by sex on status, pay, and promotion; (4) the ways in which formal and informal organizational culture shape and in turn are shaped by gender in professional and managerial positions; (5) class consciousness among wage-earning men and women; (6) the different forms of gender discrimination that women and men face in the workplace; (7) the problems working parents face and the ways in which different societies, subcultures, and genders cope; and (8) alternative approaches to improving the lives of working women and their families in the global economy. With its rich interdisciplinary perspective, this text is ideal for courses in sociology, political science, anthropology, and women's and gender studies.

Contributions by: Amel Adib, Kevin Bales, Dorothy Sue Cobble, Sharon M. Collins, Ruth Schwartz Cowan, Susan Eisenberg, Ashley English, Yen Le Espiritu, Anne Fausto-Sterling, Nancy Folbre, Carla Freeman, Michele Ruth Gamburd, Jacqueline Goodman, Janet C. Gornick, Yvonne Guerrier, Luigi Guiso, Shannon Harper, Heidi Hartmann, Ariane Hegewisch, Arlie Russell Hochschild, Pierrette Hondagneu-Sotelo, Jacqueline Jones, Rosabeth Moss Kanter, Ivy Kennelly, Alice Kessler-Harris, Michael Kimmel, Eleanor Leacock, Judith Lorber, Susan E. Martin, Marcia K.Meyers, Ferdinando Monte, Martha C. Nussbaum, Jennifer Pierce, Pun Ngai, Barbara Reskin, Tracey Reynolds, Leslie Salzinger, Paola Sapienza, Joan W. Scott, Tyson Smith, Margaret Talbot, Louise A. Tilly, Christine L. Williams, Muhammad Yunus, and Luigi Zingales.

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Editorial Reviews

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Gender-based division of labor is a problem that plagues nations, developed and developing alike. What are the origins of gendered division of labor? Does it have roots in biological differences between men and women and the social construction of gender? What forms did or does the division of labor take? How and why do societies justify divisions of labor? How does the division of labor impact women and men? Edited by Goodman (State Univ. of New York, Potsdam), this volume of 39 articles addresses these fundamental questions in a comprehensive manner. The topic is initiated with a helpful section on the origins and meaning of sex and gender and the division of labor. A section on the history of gender and work follows. Also included are two sections on wage inequality and discrimination in the workplace and sections on the global division of labor, gender and family, and policy alternatives. The reference list is an additional attraction. This is an extremely useful resource for labor, social science, and gender studies collections. Highly recommended.
Sandra Sarkela
Jacqueline Goodman’s invaluable collection of classic and contemporary essays on women and work is unique in that it brings together in one place a comprehensive survey of the issues surrounding this important topic, while introducing readers to many of the most significant scholars in the field. Her book will be of great interest to anyone who is concerned about the history and progress of women in the workplace.
Katherine Newman
Jacqueline Goodman and her collaborators take on the most fundamental questions at the intersection of gender and labor in this important volume. A must read for anyone interested in the role of gender differences in pay, mobility, and occupational specialization, this book brings the leading authors on all of these topics together in one place. It is a critical contribution to the interdisciplinary literature on work.
Jamie F. Dangler
This book is both accessible and sophisticated in its exploration of fundamental questions related to gender and work. Jacqueline Goodman and her contributors analyze the historical and contemporary realities of the work-family nexus that shapes and is shaped by the social construction and reconstruction of gender over time and place. All the important bases are covered—from the origin and contemporary manifestations of global gender divisions to analyses of persistent inequalities to classic questions about individualist vs. structural perspectives on possibilities for change. This book is an asset to students, scholars, and anyone else interested in understanding the dynamic intersection of gender and work.
CHOICE
Gender-based division of labor is a problem that plagues nations, developed and developing alike. What are the origins of gendered division of labor? Does it have roots in biological differences between men and women and the social construction of gender? What forms did or does the division of labor take? How and why do societies justify divisions of labor? How does the division of labor impact women and men? Edited by Goodman, this volume of 39 articles addresses these fundamental questions in a comprehensive manner. The topic is initiated with a helpful section on the origins and meaning of sex and gender and the division of labor. A section on the history of gender and work follows. Also included are two sections on wage inequality and discrimination in the workplace and sections on the global division of labor, gender and family, and policy alternatives. The reference list is an additional attraction. This is an extremely useful resource for labor, social science, and gender studies collections. Highly recommended.
Cynthia Enloe
Jacqueline Goodman has given us all a savvy collection that reveals how much smart feminist investigating and thinking has been done about women's and men's complex engagements with paid and unpaid work. This is one of the most up-to-date, worldly, and analytically sharp edited volumes I've seen. Toy store clerking, bathtub cleaning, and night work will never look the same.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742556140
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/16/2010
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 616
  • Sales rank: 845,141
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Jacqueline Goodman is professor of sociology and director of women's and gender studies at the State University of New York, Potsdam College.
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Table of Contents

Part I: Origins of the Gendered Division of Labor
Chapter 1: The Problem with Sex/Gender and Nature/Nurture
Anne Fausto-Sterling
Chapter 2: "Night to His Day": The Social Construction of Gender
Judith Lorber
Chapter 3: Culture, Gender, and Math
Luigi Guiso, Ferdinando Monte, Paola Sapienza, and Luigi Zingales
Chapter 4: Montagnais Women and the Jesuit Program for Colonization
Eleanor Leacock
Chapter 5: Capitalism, Patriarchy, and Job Segregation by Sex
Heidi Hartmann
Part II: Gender and Work in History
Chapter 6: Women's Work and the Family in Nineteenth-Century Europe
Joan W. Scott and Louise A. Tilly
Chapter 7: Housewifery: Household Work and Household Tools under Pre-Industrial Conditions
Ruth Schwartz Cowan
Chapter 8: Black Women, Work, and the Family under Slavery
Jacqueline Jones
Chapter 9: The Paradox of Motherhood: Night Work Restrictions in the United States
Alice Kessler-Harris
Part III: Gender, Wages, and Inequality
Chapter 10: Still A Man's Labor Market: The Long-Term Earnings Gap
Ashley English and Ariane Hegewisch
Chapter 11: The Social Organization of Toy Stores
Christine L. Williams
Chapter 12: The Milk of Human Kindness
Nancy Folbre
Part IV: Gender, Management, and the Professions
Chapter 13: The Impact of Hierarchical Structures on the Work Behavior of Women and Men
Rosabeth Moss Kanter
Chapter 14: Women and Men as Litigators: Gender Differences on the Job
Jennifer Pierce
Chapter 15: The Glass Escalator: Hidden Advantages for Men in the "Female" Professions
Christine L. Williams
Chapter 16: Black Mobility in White Corporations: Up the Corporate Ladder but Out on a Limb
Sharon M. Collins
Chapter 17: Gender and Labor in Asian Immigrant Families
Yen Le Espiritu
Part V: Gender and Low-Waged Work
Chapter 18: The Interlocking of Gender with Nationality, Race, Ethnicity, and Class: The Narratives of Women in Hotel Work
Amel Adib and Yvonne Guerrier
Chapter 19: "Outsider Within" the Station House: The Impact of Race and Gender on Black Women Police
Susan E. Martin
Chapter 20: When Feminism Had Class
Dorothy Sue Cobble
Chapter 21: Myths of Docile Girls and Matriarchs: Local Profiles of Global Workers
Carla Freeman
Part VI: Gender and the Global Division of Labor
Chapter 22: New World Domestic Order
Pierrette Hondagneu-Sotelo
Chapter 23: Trope Chasing: Making a Local Labor Market
Leslie Salzinger
Chapter 24: Imagining Sex and Gender in the Workplace
Pun Ngai
Chapter 25: Breadwinners No More: Masculinity in Flux
Michele Ruth Gamburd
Chapter 26: Thailand: Because She Looks Like a Child
Kevin Bales
Part VII: Gendered Discrimination at Work
Chapter 27: Unconsciousness Raising
Barbara Reskin
Chapter 28: The Hidden Discourse of Masculinity in Gender Discrimination Law
Tyson Smith and Michael Kimmel
Chapter 29: "That Single Mother Element": How White Employers Typify Black Women
Ivy Kennelly
Chapter 30: Marking Gender Boundaries: Porn, Piss, Power Tools
Susan Eisenberg
Chapter 31: Men Behaving Badly
Margaret Talbot
Part VIII: Family, Gender, and Work
Chapter 32: The Administrative Mother
Arlie Russell Hochschild
Chapter 33: Black Mothering, Paid Work, and Identity
Tracey Reynolds
Chapter 34: Families on the Frontier: From Braceros in the Fields to Braceras in the Home
Pierrette Hondagneu-Sotelo
Chapter 35: More Alike than Different: Revisiting the Long-Term Prospects for Developing "European Style" Work/Family Policies in the United States
Janet C. Gornick and Marcia K. Meyers
Part IX: A Sample of Policy Alternatives
Chapter 36: The Stool Makers of Jobra Village
Muhammad Yunus
Chapter 37: Women's Education: A Global Challenge
Martha C. Nussbaum
Chapter 38: Affirmative Action at School and on the Job
Shannon Harper and Barbara Reskin
Chapter 39: Support for Working Families
Janet C. Gornick and Marcia K. Meyers
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