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Gender Mosaics: Social Perspectives

Original Readings

Dana Vannoy
Foreword by Beth Hess

Publication Date - 24 November 2000

ISBN: 9780195329988

520 pages
6-7/8 x 9-3/16 inches

A collection of original essays written expressly for this volume by eminent gender scholars.


Dana Vannoy's Gender Mosaics is a collection of original essays written expressly for this volume by eminent gender scholars. The essays represent a rich variety of writing styles, mixing theory, data, personal experience, and expressions of politics and policy. The essays are clearly written and accessible for undergraduates. While the focus of this volume centers on relations between women and men, the diversity of experience provided by the intersection of race, ethnicity, class, and sexual orientation is also taken into account.

Gender Mosaics reflects a sociological point of view on gender. It emphasizes both the social construction of gender in everyday interactions and gender as a stratification system built into social institutions. Through these readings, students come to see how gendered behavior results in a stratification system in which men and women wield unequal power and opportunity for self-determination, both in personal relationships and in the social organizations of society.

Thought-provoking introductions to each article guide the student and ease instruction by identifying and explaining central issues, key concepts, and relationships among topics. This provides internal cohesiveness and structure to the selections. Discussion questions follow.

Table of Contents

    Introduction: Gender and Power
    Unit I. Intersections Among Systems of Inequality
    1. Multiracial Feminism, Judith Lorber (with excerpts by Maxine Baca-Zinn, Bonnie Thorton Dill, and Patricia Hill Collins)
    2. Feminist Consciousness and Black Women, Pauline Terrelonge
    3. The Intersections of Race and Gender in White Supremacist Thought, Abby L. Ferber
    4. Gender and Power in Native North America, Angela Gonzales and Judy Kert
    Unit II. Learning to do Gender
    5. Gender and Identity, Judith A. Howard and Ramira Alamilla
    6. Children's Experience of Gender: Habitus and Field, Steven Carlton-Ford and Paula Houston
    7. Constructing Identities in Gay and Lesbian Communities, Elizabeth Kaminski and Verta Taylor
    8. Gender and Education in the United States, Joan Z. Spade
    9. When Bodies Are Weapons: Masculinity and Violence in Sport, Michael A. Messner
    10. Language and Patriarchy, William O'Barr
    11. The Impact of the Media on Gender Images, Cynthia M. Lont
    Unit III. Social Structure: Gender in the Family and Intimate Relationships
    12. Gender and Demographic Reality, Frances K. Goldscheider and Michelle L. Rogers
    13. Twentieth-Century Changes in Economic Work and Family, Sandra E. Godwin and Barbara J. Risman
    14. Men, Women, and Housework, Scott Coltrane and Michele Adams
    15. Differences in His Marriage and Her Marriage, Terri L. Orbuch and Susan G. Timmer
    16. The Challenge of Integrating Work and Family Life, Jennifer Campbell Worley and Dana Vannoy
    17. The Legacy of Patriarchy in Today's Russia, Lisa A. Cubbins
    18. Equity in Heterosexual and Homosexual Relationships, Pepper Schwartz and Amy E. Singer
    19. Gender and Friendship, Stacey J. Oliker
    20. Violence Against Women by Intimate Partners, Demie Kurz
    21. Divorce Trends and Effects for Women and Men, Beth Anne Shelton and Rebecca E. Deen
    Unit IV. Social Structure: Gender in the Economy and the Workplace
    22. Sex Segregation in the U.S. Labor Force, Christine E. Bose and Rachel Bridges Whaley
    23. Work-Family Conflict: Effects for Job Segregation and Career Perceptions, David J. Maume, Jr.
    24. Women, Men, and Engineering, Mary Frank Fox
    25. How Sex Gets Into Your Paycheck and How to Get It Out: The Gender Gap in Pay and Comparable Worth, Ronnie J. Steinberg
    26. The Gendered Nature of Emotional Labor in the Workplace, Marcia L. Bellas
    27. Asian American Women: Immigration, Labor-Force Participation, and Activism, Linda Trinh Vo
    28. Rethinking Official Measures of Poverty: Considerations of Race, Ethnicity, and Gender, Angela Gardner Roux
    29. Retirement: Golden Years for Whom?, Toni Calasanti
    Unit V. Social Structure: Gender in Law and Politics
    30. Constitutional Law and Public Policy: Gender Equity, Donna M. Nagy and Aviva Rose Rich
    31. Women's Participation in Electoral Politics: Myths and Realities, Alesha Doan and Jan E. Leighley
    32. Gender, Sexuality, and the Military, Chris Bourg and Mady Wechsler Segal
    33. Gender Politics in Men's Movements, Stephen Whitaker
    34. Gender, Power, and Sexual Harassment, Georganne Runblad
    35. Gender Violence: Rape and Sexual Assault, Kathryn M. Feltey
    36. The Criminal Processing System: Girls and Women as Victims and Offenders, Joanne Belknap
    Unit VI. Social Structure: Gender in Religion
    37. Women's Status in the Christian Church, Paula Nesbitt, Jeanette Baust, and Emma Bailey
    38. Gender and Hebrew Biblical Studies, S. Tamar Kamionkowski and Mychal Rosenbaum
    39. Ecofeminism and Healing Ourselves, Healing the Earth, Rosemary Radford Reuther
    40. Gender and Judaism, Dawn Robinson Rose
    Unit VII. Social Structure: Gender in Health
    41. Men and Women: Health and Illness, Mary K. Zimmerman and Lisa Cox Hall
    42. Gender Hierarchies in Health Professions, Judith Lorber
    43. Choices and Contexts: The Social Construction of Reproduction, Beth Rushing
    Unit VIII. Thinking About the Potential for Change
    44. The Participation of Women and Men in the U.S. Labor Force: Trends and Future Prospects, Suzanne Bianchi and Jane Lawler Dye
    45. Older Men as Invisible Men in Contemporary Society, Edward H. Thompson, Jr.
    46. Cuando Fuiste Mujer: Remaking "Woman" in Latino Cultures, Consuelo Lopez-Springfield
    47. The International Women's Movement at Century's End, Myra Marx Ferree and Mangala Subramaniam
    Conclusions: Collapsing the Walls of Patriarchy and Masculine Hegemony

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