Women in American Society An Introduction to Women's Studies

ISBN-10: 1559349352

ISBN-13: 9781559349352

Edition: 4th 1998

Authors: Virginia Sapiro

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List price: $45.63
Edition: 4th
Copyright year: 1998
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Higher Education
Publication date: 6/5/1998
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 575
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.980
Language: English

Scope and Approach
The United States in Comparative and International Perspective
Women’s Studies from a Social Science Perspective
Methodology and the Process of Research and Interpretation
Historical Understanding
An Interdisciplinary Approach
Diversity among Women
What Lies Ahead?
Organization: General Approach
Organization: The Flow
Study Aids
Developing Frameworks for the Study of Gender and Society
Reflect Before You Read
Introducing Women’s Studies
Representing Women
Knowledge and the Representation of Women
Women’s Studies as a Field of Study
Understanding Gender and Gender Differences
When and Why Are Gender Differences Interesting?
What Is the Connection between Difference and Inequality
When Is a Difference Really a Difference?
Social Science Methods of Studying Women and Gender
Social Science as Systematic Observation
Methods Women’s Studies Researchers Use
Survey Research
Depth Interviewing
Event or Institutional Case Studies
Archival Research
Content Analysis
For Further Reading
Study Questions
Societal-Level Approaches to Understanding Women’s Lives
U.S. Women in Global Perspective
Literacy and Education
Marriage and Reproduction
Work and Economic Life
Women and the State
Women and Political Power
Policies Affecting Women
Cross-National Comparative Perspectives: Conclusions
Explaining Women’s Situation at the Societal Level: Six Theoretical Approaches
The Eternal Feminine: Traditional Theological Perspectives
Natural Woman and Man: From Traditional Science to Complex Systems
The Genetic Basis of Sex
The Role of Hormones
The Structure of the Brain
From Sex to Gender
Social Structures of Gender: Sex/Gender Systems
The Inevitable Progress of Enlightenment and Modernization
Foundations of Liberalism
Liberalism and Women
Natural History and Evolution
Foundations of Evolutionary Theory
Early Feminist Critiques
Current Views of Evolution and Sexual Differentiation
More Natural History: Economic and Historical-Materialist Theories
Marxist Foundations
Marxism and Women
Contemporary Economic and Materialist Theories
Power Struggles: Dominance and Self-Determination
Freud and the War between the Sexes
Societal Stress and Cultural Strain
Anti-Feminist Sex-War Theory
Evaluating Power-Struggle Theories
Toward Understanding Development and Change in Sex/ Gender Systems
For Further Reading
Study Questions
Individual-Level Approaches to Understanding Women’s Lives
What Difference Does a Person’s
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