Women In American Society: An Introduction to Women's Studies / Edition 5

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Overview

This interdisciplinary social science introduction to women's studies textbook (not a reader) provides a comprehensive investigation of the effects of gender on women's lives the United States. The text integrates the latest scholarship and research from a wide variety of disciplines including sociology, psychology, political science, education, history, economics, law, mass communications, and the health sciences.

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Using large complex social institutions as the framework for analysis, the author introduces students to the broad field of women's studies. Although concentrating on the U.S., comparative looks at the international scene are included. Drawing on perspectives from anthropology, economics, history, law, political science, psychology, and sociology, a number of different theoretical models are explored, and the role of gender in the institutions of the family, education, health care, religion, media, and politics is examined. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780767416399
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Higher Education
  • Publication date: 8/14/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 624
  • Sales rank: 822,180
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

VIRGINIA SAPIRO is the Sophonisba P. Breckinridge Professor of Political Science and Women's Studies at the University of Wisconsin - Madison, where she has taught for more than 25 years. She has received numerous awards for her research in political psychology, gender politics, feminist theory, and women's studies, and has served on the editorial boards of many journals. She has written or edited three books in addition to this one, as well as more than 35 scholarly articles. She teaches a wide range of courses in women's studies, including Women, Social Institutions, and Social Change; Women and Leadership; Feminist Theory; and Women and Politics.

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Table of Contents

Preface: About This Book
PART I. DEVELOPING FRAMEWORKS FOR THE STUDY OF GENDER AND SOCIETY
1. Women's Studies: An Introduction
2. Societal Level Approaches to Understanding Women's Lives
3. Individual-Level Approaches to Understanding Women's Lives
4. Commonality and Difference among Women
PART II. GENDER-DEFINING INSTITUTIONS
5. Education: Learning to Be Male and Female
6. Normal Gender: Health, Fitness, and Beauty
7. Women and Religion
8. Gender and the Institutional Media of Communication
9. Law and Policy, Government, and the State
PART III. CHOICE AND CONTROL IN PERSONAL LIFE, THE FAMILY, AND WORK
10. Gender, Communication, and Self-Expression
11. Consenting Adults? Personal and Sexual Relationships
12. Reproduction, Parenthood, and Child Care
13. Work, Employment, and the Economics of Gender
PART IV. FEMINISM AND THE GLOBAL CONTEXT
14. Feminism and the Future
References
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