The Gendered Society
Oxford University Press, 2007 - 406 pages
Thoroughly updated and revised, the third edition of The Gendered Society explores current thinking about gender, both inside academia and in our everyday lives. Michael S. Kimmel challenges the claim that gender is limited to women's experiences--his compelling and balanced study of gender
includes both masculine and feminine perspectives. Part 1 examines the latest work in biology, anthropology, psychology, and sociology; Part 2 provides an original analysis of the gendered worlds of family, education, and work; and Part 3 explores gender interactions, including friendship and love,
sexuality, and violence.
Kimmel makes three bold and persuasive statements about gender. First, he demonstrates that gender differences are often extremely exaggerated; in fact, he argues that men and women have much more in common than we think they do. Kimmel also challenges the pop psychologists who suggest that gender
A new chapter on media examines the portrayal of gender in one of the most powerful--and provocative--social institutions. Of particular interest to students, Kimmel's analysis of this dynamic, image-driven industry makes the study of gender relevant in an immediate and tangible way.
Essential reading for both students and scholars, The Gendered Society is an authoritative, incisive, and lively statement about contemporary gender relations from one of the country's foremost thinkers on the subject. Kimmel's companion text, The Gendered Society Reader, Third Edition (OUP, 2008),
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... become either masculine or feminine to the need of society for individuals to fill specific slots . Fortunately , Parsons argued , we had two different types of people who were socialized to assume these two different roles . Parsons ...
... become . Biological sex - externally manifested genitalia — becomes socialized gender role . Those with male genitalia are classified in one way ; those with female genitalia are classified in another way . These two sexes become ...
... become masculine . Male violence is a way to prove successful masculinity . Or , at least , an adaptive strategy for males to avoid becoming prey themselves . In a fascinating study , Barbara Ehrenreich argues that the origins of war ...
Biology Constructs the Sexes
Culture Constructs Gender
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