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Overview of gender and gender inequality

The authors assist students in connecting a central element of their own lives — their personal gender experiences — with the social and political world in which they live.

This popular book looks at the ways in which gender is socially constructed, how sexism and gender inequality affect men and women, and how other variables compound the problem of gender inequality.

Learning Goals

Upon completing this book, readers should be able to:

  • Connect a central element of their personal lives — their gendered experiences — with the social and political world in which they live
  • Look beyond the boundaries of their own lives so they can understand the complexity and diversity of gendered experiences in terms of race and ethnicity, cultural context, social class, sexual orientation, age, and physical ability/disability
  • Understand how the constraints imposed on women and men by specific social constructions of gender may be tightened when combined with a devalued racial/ethnic status, sexual orientation, age, economic status, or physical trait or challenge
  • Understand the diversity that makes up contemporary feminism, turning the analytic lens so that they see an issue from various feminist perspectives

Note: MySearchLab does not come automatically packaged with this text. To purchase MySearchLab, please visit: www.mysearchlab.com or you can purchase a ValuePack of the text + MySearchLab with Pearson eText (at no additional cost). ValuePack ISBN-10: 0205863698 / ValuePack ISBN-13: 9780205863693

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205863693
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 1/14/2012
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 576
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Claire M. Renzetti is the Judi Conway Patton Endowed Chair in the Center for Research on Violence Against Women, and Professor of Sociology at the University of Kentucky. She is editor of the international, interdisciplinary journal, Violence Against Women; co-editor with Jeffrey Edleson of the Interpersonal Violence book series for Oxford University Press; and editor of the Gender, Crime and Law book series for Northeastern University Press. She has authored or edited 16 books as well as numerous book chapters and articles in professional journals. Much of her research has focused on the violent victimization experiences of socially and economically marginalized women. Her current research includes an ethnography of a faith-based organization involved in anti-trafficking work; a pilot study of NGOs that provide services to sex trafficking victims; a national web-based survey examining the effects of religiosity on intimate relationship quality and conflict; and an empowerment education project with the Women’s Justice Program, in the Cook County (Chicago), IL Sheriff’s Office. Dr. Renzetti has held elected and appointed positions on the governing bodies of several national professional organizations, including the Society for the Study of Social Problems, the Eastern Sociological Society, and Alpha Kappa Delta, the sociological honors society. In 2009, the Women and Crime Division of the American Society of Criminology honored her with the Saltzman Award for Contributions to Practice, an award that recognizes a criminologist whose professional accomplishments have increased the quality of justice and the level of safety for women.

Shana L. Maier,Ph.D. is an Associate Professor in the Criminal Justice Department at Widener University. She received her B.S. and M.S. degrees from Saint Joseph’s University, and her Ph.D. from the University of Delaware. Her research interests include intimate partner violence, the treatment of rape victims by the criminal justice, medical and legal systems, the transformation of rape crisis centers, and the experiences and struggles of rape victim advocates and Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners. Her research on rape victim advocates has been published in Violence Against Women, Feminist Criminology, Journal of Ethnicity in Criminal Justice, and Women & Criminal. Manuscripts on the experiences of Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners have been accepted for publication by the Journal of Interpersonal Violence and the Journal of Forensic Nursing. She also co-authored of articles appearing in Deviant Behavior, Journal of Women, Politics & Policy, International Review of Victimology and Women’s Health and Urban Life. Her current research focuses on police officers’ experiences responding to rape victims and investigating rape allegations.

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Table of Contents

IN THIS SECTION:
1.) BRIEF TABLE OF CONTENTS
2.) FULL TABLE OF CONTENTS


BRIEF TABLE OF CONTENTS:

Part I: Women and Men: What’s the Difference?
Chapter 1: Studying Gender: An Overview
Chapter 2: Biology, Sex, and Gender: The Interaction of Nature and Environment
Chapter 3: Ancestors and Neighbors: Social Constructions of Gender at Other Times, in Other Places

Part II: Teaching Us to Know Our Respective Places
Chapter 4: Gender Socialization in Childhood and Adolescence
Chapter 5: Schools and Gender
Chapter 6: The Great Communicators: Language and the Media

Part III: Keeping Us in Our Respective Places

Chapter 7: Gender and Intimate Relationships
Chapter 8: Gender, Employment, and the Economy
Chapter 9: Gender, Crime, and Justice
Chapter 10: Gender, Politics, Government, and the Military
Chapter 11: Gender and Spirituality
Chapter 12: Gender and Health


COMPREHENSIVE TABLE OF CONTENTS:

PART I: WOMEN AND MEN: WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE?

Chapter 1: Studying Gender: An Overview
Sociological Perspectives on Gender
Feminism in Historical Perspective
Contemporary Feminisms
The Perspective of This Text
Key Terms
Suggested Readings
Notes

Chapter 2: Biology, Sex, and Gender: The Interaction of Nature and Environment

The Sex Chromosomes and Sexual Differentiation
The Case for His and Hers Brains
“My Hormones Made Me Do It”
The Interaction of Biology and Culture
Key Terms
Suggested Readings
Notes

Chapter 3: Ancestors and Neighbors: Social Constructions of Gender at Other Times, in Other Places
Bones and Stones: The Archeological Record
Our Primate Relatives
Women and Men Elsewhere: Are Western Constructions of Gender Universal?
Gender, Evolution, and Culture
Key Terms
Suggested Readings
Notes

PART II: TEACHING US TO KNOW OUR RESPECTIVE PLACES

Chapter 4: Gender Socialization in Childhood and Adolescence
Learning Gender
Growing Up Feminine or Masculine
Early Peer Group Socialization
By the Time a Child is Five
Key Terms
Suggested Readings
Notes

Chapter 5: Schools and Gender

An Historical Overview of Women and Men in Education
Educating Girls and Boys: The Elementary Schools
Educating Teenage Girls and Boys: The Secondary Schools
Educating Women and Men: Colleges and Graduate Schools
Structuring More Positive Learning Environments
Gender, Education, and Empowerment
Key Terms
Suggested Readings
Notes

Chapter 6: The Great Communicators: Language and the Media
Sexism and Language: What’s in a Word?
Gender and the Media
Images of Gender in the Media: What Are Their Effects?
Language and the Media as Shapers of Gender
Key Terms
Suggested Readings
Notes

PART III: KEEPING US IN OUR RESPECTIVE PLACES

Chapter 7: Gender and Intimate Relationships
Sociology Constructs the Family
Evaluating the Functionalist Perspective of the Family
Sexuality, Sexual Orientation, and Reproductive Freedom
Varieties of Intimate Relationships
Violence in Families and Intimate Relationships
Families and Other Intimates: The Idea and the Real Revisited
Key Terms
Suggested Readings
Notes

Chapter 8: Gender, Employment, and the Economy

U.S. Working Women and Men in Historical Perspective
Sex Segregation in the Workplace
Consequences of Occupational Sex Segregation
The Male/Female Earnings Gap
The Work World: Ideology and the Role of Law
The Intersection of Home and the Work World
Key Terms
Suggested Readings
Notes

Chapter 9: Gender, Crime, and Justice
Women and Men as Offenders
With Justice for All?
Criminal Victimization: Gender Power, and Violence
Power, Crime, and Justice
Key Terms
Suggested Readings
Notes

Chapter 10: Gender, Politics, Government, and the Military
The Gender Gap: Political Attitudes and Activities
Gender and Public Office
Women and Men in the Military
The Politics of Gender
Key Terms
Suggested Readings
Notes

Chapter 11: Gender and Spirituality
Gender and Religiosity
Goddesses and Witches
Traditional Religious Teachings on Gender
Religion, Politics, and Social Change
Challenges to Religious Patriarchy: Feminist Spirituality
Key Terms
Suggested Readings
Notes

Chapter 12: Gender and Health
Gender and Mortality
Sexism in Health Care
Gender, Sport, and Fitness
The Politics of Mental Health and Mental Illness
Toward a Healthy Future
Key Terms
Suggested Readings
Notes

Glossary
References
Name Index
Subject Index

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