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Thinking about Women Sociological Perspectives on Sex and Gender

ISBN-10: 0205840957
ISBN-13: 9780205840953
Edition: 9th 2011
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Description: Appropriate for Sociology of Gender and Sociology of Women courses. This text examines how gender operates in every aspect of society and how the male and female experience are constructs of our social institutions. Thinking About Women9e offers a  More...

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List price: $138.60
Edition: 9th
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Publication date: 10/5/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 496
Size: 7.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.386
Language: English

Appropriate for Sociology of Gender and Sociology of Women courses. This text examines how gender operates in every aspect of society and how the male and female experience are constructs of our social institutions. Thinking About Women9e offers a comprehensive review of feminist scholarship in the social sciences.

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Brief
Comprehensive
Brief Table of Contents
Introduction
Studying Women: Feminist Perspectives
Gender, Culture, and Sexuality
The Social Construction of Gender
Gender, Culture, and the Media
Sexuality and Intimate Relationships
Gender and Social Institutions
Gender, Work, and the Economy
Gender and Families
Women, Health, and Reproduction
Women and Religion
Women, Crime, and Deviance
Gender, Education, and Science
Women, Power, and Politics
Gender and Social Change: Frameworks of Feminism
Women and Social Reform: Liberal Feminism
Contemporary Frameworks In Feminist Theory
Comprehensive Table of Contents
Introduction
Studying Women: Feminist Perspectives
Why Study Women?
The Sociological Imagination
Defining Feminism
Women's Studies and the Inclusion of Women
The Growth of Men's Studies
The Significance of Gender, Race, and Class
A Sociological Framework for Thinking About Women
Chapter Summary and Themes
Key Terms
Discussion Questions/Projects For Thought
Gender, Culture, and Sexuality
The Social Construction of Gender
Biology, Culture, and Society
The Biological Basis of Sex Identity
Ambiguous Sexual Identities
Nature/Nurture and Sexually Dimorphic Traits
Biological Determinism
The Difference Culture Makes
The Institutional Basis of Gender
The Formation of Gender Identity
Sanctions and Expectations
Race and Gender Identity
Socialization across the Life Course
Infancy
Childhood Play and Games
Socialization and the Schools
Adult Socialization and the Aging Process
Theoretical Perspectives on the Formation of Gender
Identification Theory
Social Learning Theory
Cognitive-Developmental Theory
Symbolic Interaction and "Doing Gender"
Comparing Theoretical Perspectives
Limitations of the Socialization Perspective
Chapter Summary and Themes
Key Terms
Discussion Questions/Projects For Thought
Gender, Culture, and the Media
Gender and Language
Gender Popular Culture, and the Media
Analyzing the Media
Media and the Body Culture
Portrayals of Aging
Presenting Women's Sports
Gender, Children, and the Media
Diverse, But Controlling, Images
Violence, Sexualization, and the Media
Theorizing the Media
The Social Construction of Knowledge
Marx and the Social Construction of Knowledge
Sexism as Ideology
Chapter Summary and Themes
Key Terms
Discussion Questions/Projects for Thought
Sexuality and Intimate Relationships
The Social Construction of Sexuality
The History of Sexuality In the United States
Contemporary Sexual Attitudes and Behavior
Sexual Development over the Life Cycle
Menstruation
Menopause
Race, Sexuality, and Power
Race and Sexual Politics
Sex Work and Sex Trafficking
Love and Intimate Relationships
Interracial Relationships
Friendship
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Experiences
Chapter Summary and Themes
Key Terms
Discussion Questions/Projects for Thought
Gender and Social Institutions
Gender, Work, and the Economy
Historical Perspectives On Women's Work
The Family-Based Economy
The Family-Wage Economy
The Family-Consumer Economy
Ideology and the History of Women's Work
What Is Work?
Economic Restructuring, Class, and Gender Stratification
The Contemporary Status of Women
Labor Force Participation
Gender Segregation
Earnings
Promotions
Gender and Immigration
Retirement and Social Security
Work Environments
Poverty and Welfare
Intersections of Family and Work
The Second Shift
Housework and Care Work
Policies For Gender Equity
Chapter Summary and Themes
Key Terms
Discussion Questions/Projects For Thought
Gender and Families
Historical Perspectives On Modern Families
Feminist Perspectives On Families
The Social Construction of Families
Family Diversity
The Influence of Class, Race, and Gender
Linking Social Structure and Human Action
The Family Ideal
The Diversity of Contemporary Families
Measuring Family Status
Divorce
Balancing Family and Work
Cohabitation
Gay and Lesbian Families
Motherhood
Fatherhood
Race, Gender, and Families
Families and Social Problems
Family Violence
Teen Pregnancy
Child Care
Chapter Summary and Themes
Key Terms
Discussion Questions/Projects For Thought
Women, Health, and Reproduction
The Social Structure of Health
Race, Class, and Health
Reproduction and Protective Legislation
Gender, Health, and Social Problems
Gender and the Body: Weight, Food, and Body Image
Substance Abuse: Alcohol, Drugs, and Smoking
Women and AIDS
Disability
Health Insurance
The Politics of Reproduction
Birth Control
Abortion
Racism and Reproduction
The Politics of Birth: Pregnancy and Childbirth
New Reproductive Technologies
Gender and the Health Care System
Women As Health Care Workers
The Women's Health Movement
Chapter Summary and Themes
Key Terms
Discussion Questions/Projects For Thought
Women and Religion
Sociological Perspectives On Religion
Religion and Social Control
Religion and the Emergence of Feminism In the United States
Women and Religiosity
Images of Women In Religion
Religious Texts As Interpretive Documents
Gender and Religious Beliefs
Women's Status An Religious Institutions
Gender and Religious Participation
Women As Clergy
Religion and Social Justice
Race, Religion, and Civil Rights
Religion and Antifeminism
Feminism and the Religious Right In the United States
The Abortion Debate: A Conflict of World Views
Faith, Feminism, and Spirituality
Chapter Summary and Themes
Key Terms
Discussion Questions/Projects for Thought
Women, Crime, and Deviance
Sociological Perspectives On Crime and Deviance
Early Studies of Crime and Deviance
Defining Deviance
Labeling and Social Deviance
Deviance, Power, and Social Conflict
Feminist Perspectives on Deviance
Women As Victims of Crime
Rape
Causes of Rape
Women As Criminals
The Extent of Criminality Among Women
Causes of Women's Crime
Women In the Criminal Justice System
Gender and the Courts
Women and Prison
Chapter Summary and Themes
Key Terms
Discussion Questions/Projects For Thought
Gender, Education, and Science
Women and the History of Education
Gender and Educational Success
Gender and Schooling
Academic Achievement: Is There A Gender Gap?
Gender and the Curriculum
Class and Race Inequality
Women In Higher Education
Gender, Science, and Society
The Status of Women In Science
Science, Feminism, and the Social Construction of Knowledge
Chapter Summary and Themes
Key Terms
Discussion Questions/Projects For Thought
Women, Power, and Politics
Defining Power
Women and the State
Women and the Law
Women In Government
The Gender Gap
Do Women Make A Difference?
Women and the Military
Lesbians and Gays In the Military
Feminism and Militarism
Rethinking the Political
The Women's Movement
American Feminism In the Nineteenth Century
The Emergence of the Contemporary Women's Movement
Feminism and Civil Rights
The Second Wave of Feminism
Feminism For the Twenty-First Century: A Third Wave?
Chapter Summary and Themes
Key Terms
Discussion Questions/Projects For Thought
Gender and Social Change: Frameworks of Feminism
Women and Social Reform: Liberal Feminism
Frameworks of Feminist Theory
The Liberal Basis of Modern Feminism
Liberalism As A Mode of Social Thought
The Origins of Liberal Thought
The Continuing Influence of Liberal Thought
Early Liberal Feminists
Mary Wollstonecraft
Harriet Martineau
John Stuart Mill and Harriet Taylor Mill
The Critique of Liberal Feminism
Chapter Summary and Themes
Key Terms
Discussion Questions/Projects For Thought
Contemporary Frameworks In Feminist Theory
The Radical Origins of Feminist Theory: the Critique of Liberal Feminism
Historical Roots of Radical Feminism
Socialist Feminism: the Importance of Class and Capitalism
Karl Marx and Historical Materialism
Class and Capitalism
Ideology and Consciousness
The Woman Question
The Feminist Critique of Marx
Radical Feminism: the Power of Patriarchy
The Sex/Gender System
Sexuality and the State
Intersections of Capitalism and Patriarchy
Comparing Liberal, Socialist, and Radical Feminism
Multiracial Feminism
Postmodernist Feminism
Queer Theory and Sexualities
Continuing Questions For Feminist Theory
Chapter Summary and Themes
Key Terms
Discussion Questions/Projects For Thought

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