The Sociology of Gender: An Introduction to Theory and Research / Edition 1

The Sociology of Gender: An Introduction to Theory and Research / Edition 1

by Amy S. Wharton
     
 

Featuring extensive revisions and updates, the new Second Edition of The Sociology of Gender 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. Drawing from recent and ongoing research in the field, gender scholar Amy WhartonSee more details below

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Featuring extensive revisions and updates, the new Second Edition of The Sociology of Gender 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. Drawing from recent and ongoing research in the field, gender scholar Amy Wharton develops and expands upon theoretical approaches to gender from her acclaimed first edition. These approaches emphasize how gender can be viewed through different "lenses," and how each one generates a particular way of thinking about gender and its role in social life.

Wharton shows how individualist approaches view gender as part of the person; interactional approaches focus on the ways that gender emerges through social interaction; and institutional views emphasize how gender is built into organizations, social structures, and institutional arrangements. The book deftly summarizes and examines these three frameworks to facilitate an understanding of gender's contested meanings and vast areas of research. Also addressed is the importance of analyzing gender in relation to other kinds of distinctions, such as those based on race, social class, or sexual orientation. The newest research findings by key scholars are also discussed, and excerpts from contemporary scholarship and public debate allow for comparative analysis of different areas of study. The Sociology of Gender: An Introduction to Theory and Research, Second Edition, offers the most up-to-date and accessible overview of this prominent subfield of sociological enquiry available today.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781405101240
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
08/28/2004
Series:
Key Themes in Sociology Series
Pages:
280
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.10(d)

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Table of Contents

1Introduction to the sociology of gender1
2The gendered person17
3Gender in interactions and institutions53
4Work and family as gendered institutions81
5Gender, childhood, and family life122
6Gendered jobs and gendered workers166
7Deconstructing gender differences and inequalities217

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