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 difference is the cause of inequality between the sexes; instead, he reveals that the reverse is true--gender inequality itself is the cause of the differences between men and women. Finally, he illustrates that gender is not merely an element of individual identity, but a socially constructed institutional phenomenon.
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), provides a perfect complement for classroom use.
Results 1-3 of 45
It's not that gendered individuals occupy these ungendered positions , but rather that the positions themselves elicit the behaviors we see as gendered . The sociologist Cynthia Fuchs Epstein calls these “ deceptive distinctions ...
To start with , let's assume that ( 1 ) men are more violent than women ( whether biologically derived or socialized , this is easily measurable by rates of violent crime ) ; that ( 2 ) men occupy virtually all the positions of ...
The sticky floor keeps women trapped in low - wage positions , with little opportunity for upward mobility . The glass ceiling consists of those artificial barriers , based on attitudinal or organizational bias , that prevent qualified ...
What people are saying - Write a review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Devil_llama - LibraryThing
The author takes a look at the way that gendered society creates difficulty for women moving into a position of equality. He compares different studies and hypotheses, mostly from the 20th century but ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - quantum_flapdoodle - LibraryThing
Biology Constructs the Sexes
Culture Constructs Gender
11 other sections not shown