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Rather than providing definitive answers about gender, this unique book exposes readers to new material that will lead them to question their assumptions. The author uses both historical and cross- cultural approaches-as well as a focus on intersectionality and transgender issues-to help students understand the socially-constructed nature of gender. Debunking ideas of what is normal and abnormal, this provocative book explores the core theories and topics of the course, including the gender of sexuality, the gender of friendship and dating, the gender of media and popular culture, and the gender of politics and power. Â
Table of Contents
What are the important questions to ask about gender?
What is this thing called gender and why should we care about it? Introducing gender
What's the "sociology" in the sociology of gender? Understanding sociology and gender
How do disciplines outside of sociology study gender? Some additional theoretical approaches
How are our lives filled with gender?
How do we learn gender? Gender and socialization
How does gender matter for who we want and desire? The gender of sexuality
How does gender impact the people you spend time with? The gender of friendship and dating
How does gender matter for how we think about our bodies? The gender of bodies and health
How is gender an important part of the way our society works?
How does gender impact the people we our lives with? The gender of marriage and families
How does gender affect the type of work we do and the rewards we receive for our work?
How is gender on the big screen, the sports field, the small screen, your magazine, your music, and your computer screen? The gender of media and popular culture
How does gender help determine who has power and who doesn't? The gender of politics and power
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