Kaleidoscope of Gender: Prisms, Patterns, and Possibilities / Edition 2

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Examining the elusive, evolving construct of gender in a unique text/ reader format

An accessible, timely, and stimulating introduction to the sociology of gender, The Kaleidoscope of Gender: Prisms, Patterns, and Possibilities, Second Edition, provides a comprehensive analysis of key ideas, theories, and applications in this field as viewed through the metaphor of a kaleidoscope. This collection of creative articles by top scholars explains how the complex, evolving pattern of gender is constructed interpersonally, institutionally, and culturally and challenges students to question how gender shapes their daily lives. Like the prior edition, the Second Edition maintains a focus on contemporary contributions to the field while incorporating classical and theoretical arguments to provide a broad framework. Integrating a cross-cultural focus and intersectional inquiry, this unique text/reader vividly illustrates that gender is a malleable continuum of prisms, patterns, and possibilities.

New to the Second Edition

· 27 new readings, including interdisciplinary research articles as well as articles from the popular media, complement the 23 readings retained from the prior edition
· Updated extensive introductions to each chapter provide a helpful framework for the readings to follow and include the most recent statistics, new concepts, and references
· Increased emphasis on readings about social movements for equality (Chapter 10), a sharper focus on work (7), and new readings on domestic violence such as an article on rape on college campuses (8)
· An even greater emphasis onintersectional analysis and a deeper understanding of masculinities

Instructor's Resources on CD-ROM: Available to qualified instructors (contact info@sagepub.com), the CD includes ideas for class exercises, video suggestions, assignments, and more.

Intended Audience
This text/ reader is ideal for undergraduate courses such as the Sociology of Sex and Gender, Gender and Sexuality, Race, Class, Gender, and Sexuality; and related courses in departments of sociology, women's studies, and gender studies.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412951463
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 12/11/2007
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 608
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Joan Z. Spade is Professor and Chair of Sociology at the State University of New York College at Brockport. She received her Ph.D. from State University of New York at Buffalo and her B.A. from State University of New York at Geneseo. In addition to gender, Joan teaches courses on education, family, research methods, and statistics. She has published articles on gender, including rape and orientations toward paid work, as well as education. She also has co-edited two books in education. Joan is active in Sociologists for Women in Society, the Eastern Sociological Society, and the American Sociological Association.

Catherine (Kay) G. Valentine is Professor of Sociology and Director of Women's Studies at Nazareth College in Rochester, New York. She received her Ph.D. from Syracuse University and her B.A. from the State University of New York at Albany. Kay teaches a wide range of courses such as sociology of gender, senior seminar in sociology, introduction to women's studies, sociology of the arts, and human sexuality. Her publications include articles on teaching sociology, women's bodies and emotions, gender and qualitative research, and the sociology of art museums. She is the founding director of Women's Studies at Nazareth College and a long-time member of Sociologists for Women in Society. She has served as President of the New York State Sociological Association. Kay and her spouse, Paul J. Burgett, University of Rochester Dean and Vice President, are devotees of the arts and world travel.

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Table of Contents

1. Gender as a Social Structure - Barbara J. Risman
2. What it Means to be Gendered Me - Betsy Lucal
3. Beyond Pink and Blue - Sharon E. Preves
4. The Trouble with Testosterone - Robert Sapolsky
6. Inequality on the Shopping Floor - Christine L. Williams
7. Toward a New Vision: Race, Class, and Gender as Categories of Analysis and Connection - Patricia Hill Collins
8. Asian American Women and Racialized Femininities: "Doing" Gender across Cultural Worlds - Karen D. Pyke and Denise L. Johnson
9. "Not all Differences are Created Equal:" Multiple Jeopardy in a Gendered Organization - Jane Ward CHAPTER THREE: GENDER AND THE PRISM OF CULTURE
10. "It's Only a Penis": Rape, Feminism, and Difference - Christine Helliwell
11. Female Circumcision: Muslim Identities and Zero Tolerance Policies in Rural West Java - Lynda Newland
12. Revisiting "Woman-Woman Marriage" - Wairimu Ngaruiya Njambi and William E. O'Brien
13. Reinventing Honorable Masculinity: Discourses from a Working-Class Indian Community - Annie George
14. Gender and Power - Maria Alexandra Lepowsky PART 2: PATTERNS CHAPTER FOUR: LEARNING AND DOING GENDER
15. Playing in the Gender Transgression Zone: Race, Class, and Hegemonic Masculinity in Middle Childhood - C. Shawn McGuffey and B. Lindsay Rich
16. "No Way My Boys are Going to be Like That!" Parents' Responses to Children'sGender Nonconformity - Emily W. Kane
17. The Pervasiveness and Persistence of the Feminine Beauty Ideal in Children's Fairy Tales - Lori Baker-Sperry and Liz Grauerholz
18. Between a "Soft" and a "Hard" Place: Gender, Ethnicity, and Culture in the School and at Home - Prudence L. Carter
19. My Life as a Man - Elizabeth Gilbert
20. Slut! Growing Up Female with a Bad Reputation - Leora Tannenbaum CHAPTER FIVE: BUYING AND SELLING GENDER
21. The Pink Dragon is Female: Halloween Costumes and Gender Markers - Adie Nelson
22. The Anthropometry of Barbie: Unsettling Ideals of the Feminine Body in Popular Culture - Jacqueline Urla and Alan C. Swedlund
23. Firming the Floppy Penis: Age, Class, and Gender Relations in the Lives of Old Men - Toni Calasanti and Neal King
24. Consuming Orientalism: Images of Asian/American Women in Multicultural Advertising - Minjeong Kim and Angie Y. Chung
25. Is He Boyfriend Material? Representation of Males in Teenage Girls' Magazines - Kirsten B. Firminger CHAPTER SIX: TRACING GENDER's MARK ON BODIES, SEXUALITIES, AND EMOTIONS
26. Size 6: The Western Woman's Harem - Fatema Mernissi
27. Bear Bodies, Bear Masculinity: Recuperation, Resistance, or Retreat? - Peter Hennen
28. Doing Gender, Doing Class: The Performance of Sexuality in Exotic Dance Clubs - Mary Nell Trautner
29. "If It's Not On, It's Not On" — Or Is It? - Nicola Gavey, Kathryn McPhillips, and Marion Doherty
30. Gender and Emotion Management in the Stages of Edgework - Jennifer Lois CHAPTER SEVEN: GENDER AT WORK
31. Inequality Regimes: Gender, Class, and Race in Organizations - Joan Acker
32. Selling Women Short on Wall Street: The Myth of Meritocracy - Louise Marie Roth
33. Emerging Theories of Care Work - Paula England
34. Hard Drives and Glass Ceilings: Gender Stratification in High Tech Production - Steven C. McKay
35. Mommies and Daddies on the Fast Track in Other Wealthy Nations - Gwen Moore
36. Moral Dilemmas, Moral Strategies, and the Transformation of Gender: Lessons from Two Generations of Work and Family Change - Kathleen Gerson CHAPTER 8: GENDER IN INTIMATE RELATIONSHIPS
37. Thinking about Gender and Power in Marriage - Veronica Jaris Tichenor
38. Black Intimacies: Love, Sex, and Relationships — The Pursuit of Intimacy - Shirley A. Hill
39. Complexity of Father Involvement in Low-Income Mexican American Families - Scott Coltrane, Ross D. Parke, and Michele Adams
40. Opting into Motherhood: Lesbians Blurring the Boundaries and Transforming the Meaning of Parenthood and Kinship - Gillian A. Dunne
41. Class-Based Masculinities: The Interdependence of Gender, Class, and Interpersonal Power - Karen D. Pyke CHAPTER 9: ENFORCING GENDER
42. Sexual Assault on Campus: A Multilevel, Integrative Approach to Party Rape - Elizabeth A. Armstrong, Laura Hamilton, and Brian Sweeney
43. It Hurts to be a Girl: Growing Up Poor, White, and Female - Julia Hall
44. Gendering Violence: Masculinity and Power in Men's Accounts of Domestic Violence - Kristin L. Anderson and Debra Umberson
45. Sexual Harassment and Masculinity: The Power and Meaning of "Girl Watching" - Beth A. Quinn PART 3: POSSIBILITIES CHAPTER TEN: NOTHING IS FOREVER
47. Identity Politics in the Women's Movement - Barbara Ryan
48. Native American Feminism, Sovereignty, and Social Change - Andrea Smith
49. Change Among the Gatekeepers: Men, Masculinities, and Gender Equality in the Global Arena - R. W. Connell
50. Unraveling the Gender Knot - Allan Johnson
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2008

    Kaleidoscope of Gender: Prisms, Patterns, and Possibilities

    Why does this read as more 'cleverness' than knowledge? Chapters in which sociologists write of phenomena in foreign cultures are not convincing. Chapter 11 so unbelievable. Did this writer speak the language of the rural Javanese people she is now making claims about? Very doubtful from what she writes. How honest or deep can such 'research' be? As a longtime scholar of Java, this chapter offended me in it's misinformed, presumptuous nature and manner of writing. A disservice to the people studied! Poor! Where is the rigour behind decisions regarding what gets published?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2008

    Kaleidoscope of Gender: Prisms, Patterns, and Possibilities

    There should have ben fewer chapters and the best ones would have really made up an impressive volume. The editors themselves present some valuable information and probing thought, but should have been more discriminating in their choice of contributors. For instance, Newland's chapter reads as passe' and of dubious ethnographic authority. This book is worthwhile for its several fine chapters, but burdened and reduced by the chapters of far less merit. Professor, Cambridge, Massachusetts

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