The Sociology of Gender: An Introduction to Theory and Research (Key Themes in Sociology)

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Gender is one of the most important topics in the field of sociology, and as a system of social practices it inspires a multitude of theoretical approaches. The Sociology of Gender offers an introductory overview of gender theory and research, offering a unique and compelling approach.


  • Treats gender as a multilevel system operating at the individual, interactional, and institutional levels.
  • Stresses conceptual and theoretical issues in the sociology of gender.
  • Offers an accessible yet intellectually sophisticated approach to current gender theory and research.
  • Includes pedagogical features designed to encourage critical thinking and debate.
  • Closer Look readings at the end of each chapter give a unique perspective on chapter topics by presenting relevant articles by leading scholars.

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Gender is one of the most important topics in the field of sociology, and as a system of social practices it inspires a multitude of theoretical approaches. The Sociology of Gender offers an introductory overview of gender theory and research, offering a unique and compelling approach. In this book, a leading scholar clearly defines three different frameworks: the individual, the interactional, and the institutional. Individualist approaches view gender as part of the person; interactional approaches focus on the ways that gender emerges through social interaction; and institutional views emphasize how gender is built into organizations, social structures, and institutional arrangements. The book deftly summarizes and examines these three frameworks to help students understand gender's contested meanings and vast areas of research. In addition to these themes, the book emphasizes the importance of analyzing gender in relation to other kinds of distinctions, such as those based on race, social class, or sexual orientation. Research findings by key scholars are discussed in each chapter, and selected readings from contemporary scholarship allow for comparative analysis of different areas of research. This up-to-date, coherent, and accessible book is essential for students and scholars of gender.

About the Author:

Amy S. Wharton is Professor of Sociology at Washington State University. She is the author of Working in America: Continuity, Conflict, and Change (second edition, 2002).

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