Thinking About Women: Sociological Perspectives on Sex and Gender

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Thinking about Women introduces readers to how gender operates in society–influencing women’s and men’s self-concepts, relationships with others, life opportunities, and experiences of inequality.

 

This text examines how gender and the differences it makes still permeate women’s and men’s lives. Also, the text discusses how gender is socially constructed—that is, formed through early learning patterns that are continuously reinforced throughout all social institutions. Also, the text shows how gender intersects with other social factors, especially race and class, but also sexual orientation, age, religion, and nationality, among others.

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This book provides a comprehensive review of feminist scholarship in the social sciences, showing how the experiences of both men and women are created through social institutions. For anyone interested in sociology of gender, gender roles, or women's studies.

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Thinking About Women: Sociological Perspectives on Sex and Gender, 8/E

Margaret  Andersen

ISBN-10:      0205578721

 

 

This text is a comprehensive review of feminist scholarship in the social sciences; it shows how gender operates in every aspect of society, and how the experiences of both men and women are created through social institutions.Thinking About Women is interdisciplinary in its coverage, yet grounded in sociological theory and research. Also, it integrates discussions of race, class, and sexuality to show how gender is not experienced in isolation.

 

As with every edition, the text is thoroughly updated. The list below highlights some of the new features.

 

Every new chapter (except Chapter 1) now includes three new boxed features. These features highlight key themes of the text: research, the media, and studies about men. The boxes are:

  • A Focus on Research, in which a new empirical research study, appropriate to the chapter subject, is described.

Example (Chapter 6): a discussion of “opting out”–that is, are well-educated, middle-class women dropping out of the labor market to raise children?The media claim this is a strong trend, but is it? This box feature examines new sociological research on this topic.

  • Media Matters, in which an empirical study examining some aspect of the media related to the chapter topic is presented.

Example (Chapter 9): a box featuring new research on violent images of rape on the Internet. This box also shows how Asian women are overrepresented in pornographic web sites.

  • What About Men?, a box which features research examining some aspect of men’s lives that is related to the chapter topic.

Example (Chapter 4): a box describing the peer socialization of young boys in which homophobic insults reinforce social norms of masculinity

 

For a full list of changes, please visit www.pearsonhighered.com

 

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