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Overview

Featuring extensive revisions and updates, the Second Edition of The Sociology of Gender: An Introduction to Theory and Research presents an introductory overview of gender theory and research, and continues to offer a unique and compelling approach to one of the most important topics in the field of sociology.

  • Features extensive revisions and updates, and incorporates recent cross-national research on gender
  • Expands and develops frameworks introduced in first edition
  • Treats gender as a multilevel system operating at the individual, interactional, and institutional levels
  • Stresses conceptual and theoretical issues in the sociology of gender
    Offers an accessible yet intellectually sophisticated approach to current gender theory and research
  • Includes pedagogical features designed to encourage critical thinking and debate
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Editorial Reviews

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“An excellent, theoretically complex, and clear introduction to the sociology of gender. It is consistently interesting, weaving theory and research to illuminate fundamental questions and complicated contemporary issues. I would use it, with pleasure.”

Joan Acker, University of Oregon

“Exceptional for its breadth and brevity, this book shows unique respect for students as sociological thinkers. Wharton engagingly presents up-to-date theoretical tools of gender analysis to help students explore the difficult, current questions posed by sociologists of gender.”

Sarah Beth Estes, University of Cincinnati

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470655689
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 5/10/2011
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 750,326
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Amy S. Wharton is Professor of Sociology and Director of the College of Liberal Arts at Washington State University, Vancouver. Dr Wharton's research on gender inequality, the sociology of work, and work-family policies has been published in the American Sociological Review, Social Forces, and Work & Occupations, as well as many other peer-reviewed journals and edited books. She is the editor of Working in America: Continuity, Conflict, and Change (2002, 2nd ed.) and co-author of The Sociology of Work: Structures and Inequalities (2009).

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction to the Sociology of Gender.

Chapter Objectives.

Introduction.

Sociological Vantage Points.

A Brief History of the Sociological Study of Gender.

Defining Gender.

Three Frameworks for Understanding Gender.

Gender Matters.

Who is to Blame? Understanding Gender Inequality.

Chapter Summary.

Further Reading.

Key Terms.

Critical Thinking Questions.

PART I: CONCEPTUAL APPROACHES.

2 The Gendered Person.

Chapter Objectives.

Sex Differences in Traits, Abilities, or Behavioral Dispositions.

The Origins of Sex Differences.

Environmental Explanations of Sex Differences: Becoming Gendered.

Sex Differences and Social Policy: The Case of Mathematics Aptitude.

Sex Differences and Gender Inequality.

Chapter Summary.

Further Reading.

Key Terms.

Critical Thinking Questions.

3 Gender in Interaction and Institutions.

Chapter Objectives.

Interactionist Views of Gender.

Gendered Organizations/Gendered Institutions.

Toward a Multilayered Conception of Gender.

Chapter Summary.

Further Reading.

Key Terms.

Critical Thinking Questions.

PART II: GENDER IN CONTEXT.

4 Work and Family as Gendered Institutions.

Chapter Objectives.

The Division of Labor.

Work, Family, and Gender in the Industrial Age.

A Half-Century of Gender Change: Work, Education, and Gender Egalitarian Beliefs.

Changes in Gender, Family, and Caregiving.

Gender, Work, and Family: The Roles of Social Policy and the State.

Gender, Work, and Family in the Twenty-First Century: Looking Ahead.

Chapter Summary.

Further Reading.

Key Terms.

Critical Thinking Questions.

5 Gender, Childhood, and Family Life.

Chapter Objectives.

Parents' Preferences for Children's Sex.

"Is it a Boy or a Girl?": Gender Construction in Families.

Childhood and the Importance of Same-Gender Peers.

Gender Socialization in Childhood Reconsidered.

The Household Division of Labor and the Family.

Explaining Women's and Men's Involvement in Household Work and Childcare.

Lesbian and Gay Families Rewriting Family Life.

Marriage, Families, and Their Consequences for Women and Men.

Chapter Summary.

Further Reading.

Key Terms.

Critical Thinking Questions.

6 Gendered Jobs and Gendered Workers.

Chapter Objectives.

Sex Segregation and the Division of Labor in Paid Work.

Explaining Sex Segregation.

Gender Typing of Jobs, Hierarchies, and Workplace Expectations.

The Gender Pay Gap.

Explaining the Gender Pay Gap.

Chapter Summary.

Further Reading.

Key Terms.

Critical Thinking Questions.

PART III: EPILOGUE.

7 Deconstructing Gender Differences and Inequalities.

Chapter Objectives.

Gender Distinctions and Gender Inequalities.

The Reproduction of Gender Inequality.

Challenging Gender Inequality.

Making Gender Matter Less.

Chapter Summary.

Further Reading.

Key Terms.

Critical Thinking Questions.

References.

Index.

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