Paradoxes of Gender

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Overview

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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300064971
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/1995
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 438
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.97 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction 1
Pt. I Producing Gender
1 "Night to His Day": The Social Construction of Gender 13
2 Believing Is Seeing: Biology as Ideology 37
3 How Many Opposites? Gendered Sexuality 55
4 Men as Women and Women as Men: Disrupting Gender 80
5 Waiting for the Goddess: Cultural Images of Gender 97
Pt. II Gender in Practice
6 Out of Eden: The Social Evolution of Gender 123
7 Rocking the Cradle: Gendered Parenting 144
8 Daily Bread: Gender and Domestic Labor 172
9 Separate and Not Equal: The Gendered Division of Paid Work 194
Pt. III The Politics of Gender
10 Guarding the Gates: The Micropolitics of Gender 225
11 The Visible Hand: Gender and the State 253
12 Dismantling Noah's Ark: Gender and Equality 282
Notes 303
Bibliography 335
Index 413
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