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Thinking about women : sociological perspectives on sex and gender

Author: Margaret L Andersen; Dana Hysock Witham
Publisher: Boston, MA : Allyn & Bacon/Pearson, ©2011.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Margaret L Andersen; Dana Hysock Witham
ISBN: 9780205840953 0205840957
OCLC Number: 654816016
Description: xxii, 473 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: pt. I: Introduction --
1. Studying women: feminist perspectives --
Why study women? --
The sociological imagination --
Defining feminism --
women's studies and the inclusion of women --
the growth of men's studies --
the significance of gender, race, and class --
A sociological framework for thinking about women. pt. II: Gender, culture, and sexuality --
2. The social construction of gender --
Biology, culture, and society --
The biological basis of sex identity --
Ambiguous sexual identities --
Nature / nurture and sexually dimorphic traits --
Biological determinism --
The difference culture makes --
The institutional basis of gender --
Socialization and the formation of gender identity --
Sanctions and expectations --
Race and gender identity --
Socialization across the life course --
Infancy --
Childhood play and games --
Socialization and the schools --
Adult socialization and the aging process --
Theoretical perspectives on the formation of gender --
Identification theory --
Social learning theory --
Cognitive-developmental theory --
Symbolic interaction and "doing gender" --
Comparing theoretical perspectives --
Limitations of the socialization perspective --
3. Gender, culture, and the media --
Gender and language --
Gender, popular culture, and the media --
Analyzing the media --
Media and the body culture --
Portrayals of aging --
Presenting women's sports --
Gender, children, and the media --
Diverse, but controlling, images --
Violence, sexualization, and the media --
Theorizing the media's influence --
The sociology of knowledge --
Marx and the social construction of knowledge --
Sexism as ideology --
4. Sexuality and intimate relationships --
The social construction of sexuality --
the history of sexuality in the United States --
Contemporary sexual attitudes and behavior --
Sexual development over the life cycle --
Menstruation --
Menopause --
Race, sexuality, and power --
Race and sexual politics --
Sex work and sex trafficking --
Love and intimate relationships --
Interracial relationships --
Friendship --
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender experiences. pt. III: Gender and social institutions --
5. Gender, work, and the economy --
Historical perspectives on women's work --
The family-based economy --
The family-wage economy --
The family-consumer economy --
Ideology and the history of women's work --
What is work? --
Economic restructuring, class, and gender stratification --
The contemporary status of women --
Labor force participation --
Gender segregation --
Earnings --
Promotions --
Gender and immigration --
Retirement and social security --
Work environments --
Poverty and welfare --
Intersections of family and work --
The second shift --
Housework and care work --
Policies for gender equity --
6. Gender and families --
Historical perspectives on modern families --
Feminist perspectives on families --
The social construction of families --
Family diversity --
The influence of class, race, and gender --
Linking social structure and human action --
The family ideal --
The diversity of contemporary families --
Measuring family status --
Divorce --
Balancing family and work --
Cohabitation --
Gay and lesbian families --
Motherhood --
Fatherhood --
Race, gender, and families --
Families and social problems --
Family violence --
Teen pregnancy --
Child care --
7. Women, health, and reproduction --
the social structure of health --
Race, class, and health --
Reproduction and protective legislation --
Gender, health, and social problems --
Gender and the body: weight, food, and body image --
Substance abuse: alcohol, drugs, and smoking --
Women and AIDS --
Disability --
Health insurance --
The politics of reproduction --
Birth control --
Abortion --
Racism and reproduction --
the politics of birth: pregnancy an childbirth --
New reproductive technologies --
Gender and the health-care system --
women as health-care workers --
The Women's Health Movement --
8. Women and religion --
Sociological perspectives on religion --
Religion and social control --
Religion and the emergence of feminism in the United States --
Women and religiosity --
Images of women in religion --
Religious texts as interpretive documents --
Gender and religious beliefs --
Women's status in religious institutions --
Gender and religious participation --
women as clergy --
Religion and social justice --
Race, religion, and civil rights --
Religion and antifeminism --
Feminism and the Religious Right in the United States --
The abortion debate: a conflict of worldviews --
Faith, feminism, and spirituality. 9. Women, crime, and deviance --
Sociological perspectives on crime and deviance --
Early studies of crime and deviance --
Defining deviance --
Labeling and social deviance --
Deviance, power, and social conflict --
Feminist perspectives on deviance --
Women as victims of crime --
Rape --
Causes of rape --
Women as criminals --
The extent of criminality among women --
Causes of women's crime --
Women in the Criminal Justice System --
Gender and the Courts --
Women and prison --
10. Gender, education, and science --
Women and the history of education --
Gender and educational success --
Gender and schooling --
Academic achievement: is there a gender gap? --
Gender and the curriculum --
Class and race inequality --
Women in higher education --
Gender, science, and society --
The status of women in science --
Science, feminism, and the social construction of knowledge --
11. Women, power, and politics --
Defining power --
Women and the state --
Women and the law --
Women in government --
The gender gap --
Do women make a difference? --
women and the military --
Lesbians and gays in the military --
Feminism and militarism --
Rethinking the political --
The Women's Movement --
American feminism in the Nineteenth Century --
The emergence of the contemporary women's movement --
Feminism and civil rights --
The second wave of feminism --
Feminism for the Twenty-First Century: a third wave? pt. IV: Gender and social change: frameworks of feminism --
12. Women and social reform: liberal feminism --
Frameworks of feminist theory --
The liberal basis of modern feminism --
Liberalism as a mode of social thought --
The origins of liberal thought --
The continuing influence of liberal thought --
Early liberal feminists --
Mary Wollstonecraft --
Harriet Martineau --
John Stuart Mill and Harriet Taylor Mill --
The critique of liberal feminism --
13. Contemporary frameworks in feminist theory --
The radical origins of feminist theory: the critique of liberal feminism --
Historical roots of radical feminism --
Socialist feminism: the importance of class and capitalism --
Karl Marx and historical materialism --
Class and capitalism --
Ideology an consciousness --
The woman question --
The feminist critique of Marx --
Radical feminism: the power of patriarchy --
The sex-gender system --
Sexuality and the state --
Intersections of capitalism and patriarchy --
Comparing liberal, socialist, and radical feminism --
Multiracial feminism --
Postmodernist feminism --
Queer theory and sexualities --
Continuing questions for feminist theory.
Responsibility: Margaret L. Andersen with Dana Hysock Witham.

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