This text provides a comprehensive approach to gender as an organizing social relation and presents a critical sociology based on the unique insights gleaned from the study of gender. Bold, concise and intellectually generative, it is organized around a series of gender-focused questions that span culture, geopolitics, and political economy and that, together, provide students with a succinct, accessible and critical grasp on core debates in the sociology of gender.
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Raka Ray is Professor of Sociology, South and Southeast Asia Studies, and Geography at the University of California, Berkeley. Her areas of specialization are gender and feminist theory, inequality, emerging middle classes, cultures of servitude, social movements and postcolonial sociology. Publications include Fields of Protest: Women’s Movements in India, Social Movements in India: Poverty, Power, and Politics (co-edited with Mary Katzenstein) Cultures of Servitude: Modernity, Domesticity and Class in India (with Seemin Qayum), Both Elite and Everyman: The Cultural Politics of the Indian Middle Classes (co-edited with Amita Baviskar), The Handbook of Gender, and many articles.
Jennifer Carlson is an Assistant Professor in Sociology and Government & Public Policy at the University of Arizona. She received a PhD in sociology from the University of California, Berkeley in 2013. Her work examines the gendered dynamics of American gun culture, policing and public law enforcement, and conservative politics. She is the author of Citizen-Protectors: The Everyday Politics of Guns in an Age of Decline. In addition to writing for popular audiences in venues such as the Los Angeles Times and the Washington Post, her work also appears in Gender & Society, Social Problems and other scholarly outlets.
Abigail Andrews is an Assistant Professor of Sociology and Urban Studies at the University of California-San Diego. She received a PhD in Sociology from the University of California, Berkeley in 2014. Her research focuses on gender, political sociology, globalization, and migration between Mexico and the United States. Her work on undocumented migrant communities and transnational politics appears in Gender & Society, World Development and the Journal of Contemporary Ethnography.
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