Paradoxes of Gender

Paradoxes of Gender

by Judith Lorber
     
 

In this innovative book, a well-known feminist and sociologist-who is also the founding editor of Gender & Society-challenges our most basic assumptions about gender. Judith Lorber argues that gender is wholly a product of socialization, subject to human agency, organization, and interpretation, and that it is a social institution comparable to the economy, the family… See more details below

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In this innovative book, a well-known feminist and sociologist-who is also the founding editor of Gender & Society-challenges our most basic assumptions about gender. Judith Lorber argues that gender is wholly a product of socialization, subject to human agency, organization, and interpretation, and that it is a social institution comparable to the economy, the family, and religion in its significance and consequences. Calling into question the inevitability and necessity of gender, she envisions a society structured for equality, where no gender, racial ethnic, or social class group is allowed to monopolize positions of power.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300064971
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
09/28/1995
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
438
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.97(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction1
Pt. IProducing Gender
1"Night to His Day": The Social Construction of Gender13
2Believing Is Seeing: Biology as Ideology37
3How Many Opposites? Gendered Sexuality55
4Men as Women and Women as Men: Disrupting Gender80
5Waiting for the Goddess: Cultural Images of Gender97
Pt. IIGender in Practice
6Out of Eden: The Social Evolution of Gender123
7Rocking the Cradle: Gendered Parenting144
8Daily Bread: Gender and Domestic Labor172
9Separate and Not Equal: The Gendered Division of Paid Work194
Pt. IIIThe Politics of Gender
10Guarding the Gates: The Micropolitics of Gender225
11The Visible Hand: Gender and the State253
12Dismantling Noah's Ark: Gender and Equality282
Notes303
Bibliography335
Index413

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