The Sociology of Gender: An Introduction to Theory and Research / Edition 2

The Sociology of Gender: An Introduction to Theory and Research / Edition 2

by Amy S. Wharton
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0470655682
ISBN-13:
9780470655689
Pub. Date:
05/10/2011
Publisher:
Wiley

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The Sociology of Gender: An Introduction to Theory and Research / Edition 2

Featuring extensive revisions and updates, the Second Edition ofThe Sociology of Gender: An Introduction to Theory andResearch presents an introductory overview of gender theory andresearch, and continues to offer a unique and compelling approachto one of the most important topics in the field ofsociology. 

  • Features extensive revisions and updates, and incorporatesrecent cross-national research on gender
  • Expands and develops frameworks introduced in firstedition
  • Treats gender as a multilevel system operating at theindividual, interactional, and institutional levels
  • Stresses conceptual and theoretical issues in the sociology ofgender
    Offers an accessible yet intellectually sophisticated approach tocurrent gender theory and research
  • Includes pedagogical features designed to encourage criticalthinking and debate

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780470655689
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 05/10/2011
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 578,106
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About 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).

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 BehavioralDispositions.

The Origins of Sex Differences.

Environmental Explanations of Sex Differences: BecomingGendered.

Sex Differences and Social Policy: The Case of MathematicsAptitude.

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 GenderEgalitarian Beliefs.

Changes in Gender, Family, and Caregiving.

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

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

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 andChildcare.

Lesbian and Gay Families Rewriting Family Life.

Marriage, Families, and Their Consequences for Women andMen.

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 WorkplaceExpectations.

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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"This is an excellent book for a comprehensive review of the development and latest scholarship on sociology of gender. It's concise, clear, well-referenced and can easily become one of the best textbooks and basic research tools for any gender studies student."
WONG Wai Ching Angela, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

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