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The Social Life of Gender



December 2017 | 304 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
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.
 
Introduction: Conceptualizing Gender
 
Part I: Power
 
Chapter 1: Power (Abigail L. Andrews)
The Gender Orders of Institutions  
Gender Hegemonies  
A History of Gender Hegemonies  
The Ambiguities of "Progress"  
 
Part II: Position
 
Chapter 2: Position (Abigail L. Andrews)
Thinking Through Difference: Beyond "Universality" and "Objectivity"  
Standpoint Theory: "A Sociology for Women"  
From Thinking Gender to Thinking Difference  
Beyond Binary Thinking  
From Feminist Epistemology to an Epistemology of Difference  
 
Part III: Representation
 
Chapter 3: Representation (Jennifer Carlson)
Emphasized Femininity  
The Power of Images  
Imperial Advertising & Commodity Fetishism  
Gendered Advertising and the Growth of Industrial Capitalism in the US  
Norms of Neoliberalism  
How Images Harm  
Representing Hegemonic Masculinity  
Marginalized Masculinities  
Conclusion: Shifting Gendered Norms  
 
Part IV: Practice
 
Chapter 4: Practice (Jennifer Carlson)
From Gender Identities to Gender Practices  
Gender Accountability  
Interrogating the Science of Sexual Difference  
Embodiment: Bodies as the Effect of Gender  
Doing/Undoing Gender and Sex  
 
Chapter 5: Gendering Sexuality (Oluwakemi M. Balogun & Kimberly Kay Hoang)
The Development of Human Sexuality as a Field of Inquiry  
Early Feminist Interventions: Force Versus Consent  
Contemporary Debates around Sex Trafficking  
The Politics of Sexual Rights: LGBTQ Rights Movement  
From Sexuality to Sexualities: Power & Play  
Doing Gender, Doing Sexuality  
Sexualized Intersections: Sexuality, Race, Class, and Nation  
Globalizing Sexualities  
 
Chapter 6: Gendering Crime & Justice (Jennifer Carlson)
From Violence against Women to Sexual Violence and Intimate Partner Violence  
Rape Myths  
The Social Construction of Victims and Criminals  
The Paradox of Women's Violence: Blurring Victimhood & Criminality  
The Gender Gap in Violence: Men and Masculinity  
Gendering Justice  
Undoing Violence, Recognizing Gender  
 
Chapter 7: Gendering Social Reproduction (Dawn Dow & Katherine Mason)
The Social Organization of Biological Reproduction: Historical and Global Perspectives  
Adoption and Fosterage: Decoupling Biological Reproduction from Child Rearing  
Outsourcing Reproduction and Reproducing Inequality  
Who is Responsible for Social Reproduction? Historical and Global Perspectives  
What Does Reproductive Labor Entail?  
Debating Reproductive Labor  
The Stalled Revolution: Persisting Gender Differences in Reproductive Labor  
The Mommy Wars and the "Opt-Out Revolution"  
New Family Forms, New Forms of Social Reproduction? Legal and Technological Innovations  
 
Chapter 8: Gendering Exploitation (Abigail Andrews & Raka Ray)
Gender Norms and Inequities in Today's Workplace  
Gendering Neoliberal Globalization  
Beyond "Having It All"  
 
Chapter 9: Politicizing Gender (Katherine Maich & Gowri Vijayakumar)
Rethinking the History of Feminism: Waves and Currents  
19th and Early 20th Century Gender Activism in the United States  
Feminisms in the United States during the 1960s and the 1970s  
The 1980s and 1990s: Critiques of White Feminism, Queer Politics, and Transnational Solidarities  
The 2000s and Beyond: Institutionalization, Backlash, and New Directions  
 
Chapter 10: Decolonizing Gender: Critique, Promises, and Contradictions (Raka Ray)
Constructing the Global World Order  
The Effects of Struggle around Decolonization  
Colonial Positions and the Politics of Knowledge  
The Geopolitical Construction of Gender  
Contextualizing Our Concepts: "Ideas Mediated by Culture"  
Olawakemi Balogun, Kimberly Hoang
5. Gendering Sexuality
Dawn Dow, Katherine Mason
7. Gendering Social Reproduction
Katherine Maich, Gowri Vijayakumar
9. Politicizing Gender

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ISBN: 9781452286976