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Thinking About Women , CourseSmart eTextbook, 9th Edition

By Margaret L. Andersen

Published by Pearson

Published Date: Sep 23, 2010

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A comprehensive review of feminist scholarship in the social sciences, showing how gender operates in every aspect of society, and how the experiences of both men and women are created through social institutions.

Table of Contents

IN THIS SECTION:

1. BRIEF

2. COMPREHENSIVE

 

 

 

BRIEF TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

Part I Introduction

Chapter 1 Studying Women: Feminist Perspectives

 

Part II Gender, Culture, and Sexuality

Chapter 2 The Social Construction Of Gender

Chapter 3 Gender, Culture, And The Media

Chapter 4 Sexuality and Intimate Relationships 

 

Part III Gender and Social Institutions

Chapter 5 Gender, Work, And The Economy

Chapter 6 Gender and Families

Chapter 7 Women, Health, And Reproduction

Chapter 8 Women And Religion

Chapter 9 Women, Crime, And Deviance

Chapter 10 Gender, Education, And Science

Chapter 11 Women, Power, And Politics 

 

Part IV Gender and Social Change: Frameworks of Feminism

Chapter 12 Women And Social Reform: Liberal Feminism

Chapter 13 Contemporary Frameworks In Feminist Theory

 

 

 

COMPREHENSIVE TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

Part I Introduction

 

Chapter 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

Chapter Summary And Themes

Key Terms

Discussion Questions/Projects For Thought

 

Part II Gender, Culture, and Sexuality

 

Chapter 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

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

Chapter Summary And Themes

Key Terms

Discussion Questions/Projects For Thought

 

Chapter 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

The Social Construction of Knowledge

Marx and the Social Construction of Knowledge

Sexism as Ideology

Chapter Summary and Themes

Key Terms

Discussion Questions/Projects for Thought

 

Chapter 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

Chapter Summary and Themes

Key Terms

Discussion Questions/Projects for Thought

 

Part III Gender and Social Institutions

 

Chapter 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

Chapter Summary And Themes

Key Terms

Discussion Questions/Projects For Thought

 

Chapter 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

Chapter Summary And Themes

Key Terms

Discussion Questions/Projects For Thought

 

Chapter 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 And Childbirth

New Reproductive Technologies

Gender and the Health Care System

Women As Health Care Workers

The Women’s Health Movement

Chapter Summary And Themes

Key Terms

Discussion Questions/Projects For Thought

 

Chapter 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 An 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 World Views

Faith, Feminism, And Spirituality

Chapter Summary And Themes

Key Terms

Discussion Questions/Projects for Thought

 

Chapter 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

Chapter Summary And Themes

Key Terms

Discussion Questions/Projects For Thought

 

Chapter 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

Chapter Summary And Themes

Key Terms

Discussion Questions/Projects For Thought

 

Chapter 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?

Chapter Summary And Themes

Key Terms

Discussion Questions/Projects For Thought

 

Part IV Gender and Social Change: Frameworks of Feminism

 

Chapter 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

Chapter Summary And Themes

Key Terms

Discussion Questions/Projects For Thought

 

Chapter 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 And 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

Chapter Summary And Themes

Key Terms

Discussion Questions/Projects For Thought

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