The Gendered Society
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.
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Take , for example , the statistics on rates of teenage motherhood . ... In 1991 , the rate of adolescent childbearing - births to teen mothers per 1,000 girls — was 62.1 , the highest rate since 1971 , which was the year before ...
The U.S. rate is more than double the rate in Germany and France and nearly double the rate in Sweden and Britain ... the reasons that many political commentators claim it is : These high divorce rates are not shattering the family .
When all the decisions are made by one spouse , rates of spouse abuse — whether committed by the woman or the man — are at their highest levels . Violence against women is most common in those households in which power is concentrated ...
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Biology Constructs the Sexes
Culture Constructs Gender
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