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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... means to possess the anatomical configuration of male or female means very different things depending on where you are , who you are , and when you are living . It fell to anthropologists to detail some of those differences in the ...
... means to be a man . Constructions of gender are relational — we understand what it means to be a man or a woman in relation to the dominant models as well as to one another . And those who are marginalized by race , class , ethnicity ...
... means to be men in constant reference to definitions of femininity . What it means to be a man is to be unlike a woman ; indeed , social psychologists have emphasized that although different groups of men may disagree about other traits ...
Biology Constructs the Sexes
Culture Constructs Gender
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