Revisioning Gender

Revisioning Gender

by Myra Marx Ferree
     
 

This comprehensive handbook attempts to summarize the state of gender studies not only by examining the crucial research of the past decade, but by encouraging thinking about how the questions central to studying gender have themselves changed. Building on the work started by the contributors to this volume's predecessor, (Analyzing Gender, Sage 1987), editors Myra

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This comprehensive handbook attempts to summarize the state of gender studies not only by examining the crucial research of the past decade, but by encouraging thinking about how the questions central to studying gender have themselves changed. Building on the work started by the contributors to this volume's predecessor, (Analyzing Gender, Sage 1987), editors Myra Marx Ferree, Judith Lorber, and Beth B. Hess reflect on the advances of gender scholarship during the past decade with its emphasis on all levels of social structure from the most macro to the most individual.

Editorial Reviews

Canadian Journal of Sociology - Jan Siltanen
It is likely to become a benchmark in gender scholarship for some time to come. The collection addresses the recent past, and potential future, of gender analysis across a range of social issues and across traditions of social analysis. The 16 mainly original chapters are authored primarily by American sociologists, and many of them are well known for their expertise in the study of gender. In addition, and in keeping with the boundary-stretching ethos set out in the editors’ introduction, authors include prominent voices from other countries and other disciplines, as well as more recent generations of gender scholarship. The broader reach of this collection, in terms of generational, international and cross-disciplinary scholarship, does much to enhance its usefulness and appeal.
CHOICE - M. Klatte
Articles in this collection spanning the social sciences are intended to reexamine gender in a more sophisticated manner as process and structure, from individual to societal levels of analysis. Calling disciplinary distinctions into question, the editorial focus does not assume dichotomous gender but begins to explain the meaning of gender. Contributors lay out the accomplishments and dilemmas of recent reconceptualization of gender in feminist theory and research, making it clear that there is no unified gender theory or constructs. They also address the macrostructures that organize gender, with regard to the state and political authority, the world-system of organizations and corporations, and the economies of industrial societies. Essays take up the issue of gender discourse and culture at the macrosocietal level in religion and the media, and expand on feminist ideas of the social constriction of gender by the sciences, the workplace, family, and sports. Further, contributors deal with those interactive processes at the microlevel through which gender is constituted, performed, and recreated. The intent is to force a rethinking of social science concepts and to encourage debate with fresh perspectives. Upper-division undergraduates and above.
Journal of Sociology & Social Welfare
The book should appeal not only to academics but to all those who are interested in contemporary social questions.
Canadian Journal of Sociology
It is likely to become a benchmark in gender scholarship for some time to come. The collection addresses the recent past, and potential future, of gender analysis across a range of social issues and across traditions of social analysis. The 16 mainly original chapters are authored primarily by American sociologists, and many of them are well known for their expertise in the study of gender. In addition, and in keeping with the boundary-stretching ethos set out in the editors’ introduction, authors include prominent voices from other countries and other disciplines, as well as more recent generations of gender scholarship. The broader reach of this collection, in terms of generational, international and cross-disciplinary scholarship, does much to enhance its usefulness and appeal.
— Jan Siltanen, (University of Carleton)
Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare
The book should appeal not only to academics but to all those who are interested in contemporary social questions.
Choice
Articles in this collection spanning the social sciences are intended to reexamine gender in a more sophisticated manner as process and structure, from individual to societal levels of analysis. Calling disciplinary distinctions into question, the editorial focus does not assume dichotomous gender but begins to explain the meaning of gender. Contributors lay out the accomplishments and dilemmas of recent reconceptualization of gender in feminist theory and research, making it clear that there is no unified gender theory or constructs. They also address the macrostructures that organize gender, with regard to the state and political authority, the world-system of organizations and corporations, and the economies of industrial societies. Essays take up the issue of gender discourse and culture at the macrosocietal level in religion and the media, and expand on feminist ideas of the social constriction of gender by the sciences, the workplace, family, and sports. Further, contributors deal with those interactive processes at the microlevel through which gender is constituted, performed, and recreated. The intent is to force a rethinking of social science concepts and to encourage debate with fresh perspectives. Upper-division undergraduates and above.
— M. Klatte, (Eastern Kentucky University)
Booknews
Summarizes the state of gender studies not only by examining crucial research of the past decade, but by encouraging thinking about how questions central to studying gender have themselves changes. Contains sections on reconceptualizing gender, the macrosocial organization of gender, gender discourse and culture, gender in social institutions, and gendering the person. Specific topics include gender and sexuality in organizations, and feminist thinking about the welfare state. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780761906162
Publisher:
AltaMira Press
Publication date:
12/01/1998
Series:
Gender Lens Series, #5
Pages:
536
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.28(h) x 1.36(d)

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