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Thinking About Women: Sociological Perspectives on Sex and Gender, 8/E

Margaret Andersen

ISBN-10: 0205578721

This text is a comprehensive review of feminist scholarship in the social sciences; it shows how gender operates in every aspect of society, and how the experiences of both men and women are created through social institutions.Thinking About Women is interdisciplinary in its coverage, yet grounded in sociological theory and research. Also, it integrates discussions of race, class, and sexuality to show how gender is not experienced in isolation.

As with every edition, the text is thoroughly updated. The list below highlights some of the new features.

Every new chapter (except Chapter 1) now includes three new boxed features. These features highlight key themes of the text: research, the media, and studies about men. The boxes are:

  • A Focus on Research, in which a new empirical research study, appropriate to the chapter subject, is described.

Example (Chapter 6): a discussion of “opting out”–that is, are well-educated, middle-class women dropping out of the labor market to raise children?The media claim this is a strong trend, but is it? This box feature examines new sociological research on this topic.

  • Media Matters, in which an empirical study examining some aspect of the media related to the chapter topic is presented.

Example (Chapter 9): a box featuring new research on violent images of rape on the Internet. This box also shows how Asian women are overrepresented in pornographic web sites.

  • What About Men?, a box which features research examining some aspect of men’s lives that is related to the chapter topic.

Example (Chapter 4): a box describing the peer socialization of young boys in which homophobic insults reinforce social norms of masculinity

For a full list of changes, please visit www.pearsonhighered.com

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205578726
  • Publisher: Allyn & Bacon, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/12/2008
  • Series: MySearchLab Series for Sociology Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 8
  • Pages: 480
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Margaret L. Andersen (B.A., Georgia State University; M.A., Ph.D. University of Massachusetts, Amherst) is the Edward F. and Elizabeth Goodman Rosenberg Professor of Sociology at the University of Delaware. She is the author of On Land and On Sea: A Century of Women in the Rosenfeld Collection (Mystic Seaport Museum); Race, Class, and Gender: An Anthology (co-edited with Patricia Hill Collins); Sociology: Understanding a Diverse Society (with Howard F. Taylor); Sociology: The Essentials (with Howard F. Taylor); Understanding Society: An Introductory Reader (co-edited with Kim Logio and Howard F. Taylor); and, Race and Ethnicity in Society: The Changing Landscape (co-edited with Elizabeth Higginbotham).

Professor Andersen is the Vice President of the American Sociological Association (ASA) and recipient of the ASA’s prestigious Jessie Bernard Award–given annually to someone whose work expands the horizons of sociology to include the study of women. She also received the 2004 Sociologists for Women in Society Feminist Lecturer Award and the 2008 Eastern Sociological Society Robin F. Williams Lecturer Award. She has received two teaching awards at the University of Delaware: the University Excellence in teaching Award and the College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Teacher Award. She currently chairs the National Advisory Board for the Stanford University Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity and is the former editor of Gender & Society.

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Table of Contents

Preface
About the Author
Pt. I Women's Lives and the Sociological Perspective 1
Ch. 1 Sociological and Feminist Perspectives 3
Ch. 2 The Social Construction of Gender 21
Ch. 3 Sexism and the Social Construction of Knowledge 52
Ch. 4 Sexuality and Intimate Relationships 77
Pt. II Gender and Social Institutions 99
Ch. 5 Women and Work 101
Ch. 6 Women, Families, and Households 141
Ch. 7 Women, Health, and Reproduction 180
Ch. 8 Women and Religion 215
Ch. 9 Women, Crime, and Deviance 243
Pt. III Feminism and Social Change 275
Ch. 10 Feminism and Social Reform: Liberal Perspectives 277
Ch. 11 Radical Alternatives: Socialist and Radical Feminism 310
Conclusion: New Directions in Feminist Theory 344
Bibliography 353
Name Index 389
Subject Index 399
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