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Gender Through the Prism of Difference

Fourth Edition

Edited by Maxine Baca Zinn, Pierrette Hondagneu-Sotelo, and Michael A. Messner

Publication Date - July 2010

ISBN: 9780199743025

544 pages
7-1/2 x 9-1/4 inches

In Stock

Retail Price to Students: $76.95

The most intersectional and global reader on the market


Gender Through the Prism of Difference adopts a global, transnational perspective on how race, class, and sexual diversity are central to the study of sex and gender. In contrast with other books in this area--which tend to focus on U.S. or European viewpoints--this wide-ranging anthology features many articles based on research done elsewhere throughout the world.

Now in its fourth edition, the book opens with a revised and updated introduction that sets the stage for understanding gender as a socially constructed experience. Featuring twenty-three new readings, this edition covers such timely subjects as the Iraq war, Hurricane Katrina, the 2008 U.S. Presidential election, female Palestinian suicide bombers, transgendered people, intersex issues, fatherhood and masculinity, sex and immigrant communities, ageism and feminism, Sex and the City, and much more. It also addresses a number of other compelling topics, including the effects of globalization on notions of masculinity, the difficulties faced by Muslim women living in post-9/11 America, and perceptions of "blackness" worldwide.

Guiding students through the complex realities of today's gender relationships, Gender Through the Prism of Difference, Fourth Edition, is ideal for undergraduate or graduate courses in the sociology of gender; women's studies; gender roles; the sociology of women; women in society; race, class, and gender; feminist theory; and social inequality.

New to this Edition

  • New pieces on gender and popular culture
  • Revised and updated introduction
  • Up to date: includes articles on Hurricane Katrina, the Iraq War, and the 2008 Presidential election

About the Author(s)

Maxine Baca Zinn is Professor of Sociology at Michigan State University.

Pierrette Hondagneu-Sotelo is Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Sociology at the University of Southern California.

Michael A. Messner is Professor of Sociology and Gender Studies at the University of Southern California.

Previous Publication Date(s)

March 2005
July 1999
February 1997


"The approach of Gender Through the Prism of Difference is great and distinguishes [it] from all other books on the market. I like that it's not about women, but about gender; that it examines gender by focusing on how a range of social inequalities and identities impact gender; and that it has a balance of readings that focus on the U.S., those that focus on transnational issues (such as migration) and those that focus on non-U.S. contexts. It's very appropriate for the upper-level undergraduate course that I use it for. Students each semester have commented about how much they like the book."--Janice McCabe, Florida State University

"This book is very thorough and engaging. In my course, I try to emphasize both an intersectional approach to gender and issues of masculinity. . . . Both of these aspects are emphasized in this text. Additionally, I try to find readings that I think are engaging while also demonstrating how sociologists research gender. This text offers many readings that are based on actual research and cover interesting topics."--Elena Windsong, University of New Mexico

Table of Contents

    *=New to this edition
    Introduction: Sex and Gender Through the Prism of Difference
    1. Anne Fausto-Sterling, The Five Sexes, Revisited
    2. Maxine Baca Zinn and Bonnie Thornton Dill, Theorizing Difference from Multiracial Feminism
    * 3. Toni Calasanti, Kathleen F. Selvin, and Neil King, Ageism and Feminism: From "Et Cetera" to Center
    4. Raewyn Connell, Masculinities and Globalization
    5. Barbara Ehrenreich and Arlie Russell Hochschild, Global Woman
    6. Chandra Talpade Mohanty, Antiglobalization Pedagogies and Feminism
    Control and Resistance
    7. Nomy Lamm, It's a Big Fat Revolution
    8. Betsy Lucal, What It Means to Be Gendered Me: Life on the Boundaries of a Dichotomous Gender System
    9. Don Sabo, Doing Time, Doing Masculinity: Sports in Prison
    * 10. Kristen Barber, The Well-Coiffed Man: Class, Race, and Heterosexual Masculinity in the Hair Salon
    * 11. Evelyn Nakano Glenn, Yearning for Lightness: Transnational Circuits in the Marketing and Consumption of Skin Lighteners
    * 12. Joanne Nagel and Lindsey Feitz, Deploying Race, Gender, Class, and Sexuality in the Iraq War
    * 13. Barbara Ransby, Katrina, Black Women, and the Deadly Discourse on Black Poverty in America
    * 14. Dorit Naaman, Brides of Palestine/Angels of Death: Media, Gender, and Performance in the Case of Palestinian Female Suicide Bombers
    Sexual Relations, Intimacy, Power
    * 15. Rashawn Ray and Jason A. Rosow, Getting Off and Getting Intimate: How Normative Institutional Arrangements Structure Black and White Fraternity Men's Approaches Toward Women
    16. Kevin Bales, Because She Looks Like a Child
    17. Julie O'Connell Davidson, The Sex Tourist, The Expatriate, His Ex-Wife, and Her "Other": The Politics of Loss, Difference, and Desire
    Sexuality and Identity
    18. Dennis Altman, The Globalization of Sexual Identities
    19. Michael A. Messner, Becoming 100% Straight
    20. Yen Le Espiritu, "Americans Have a Different Attitude": Family, Sexuality, and Gender in Filipina American Lives
    * 21. Gloria Gonzalez-Lopez, Sex and the Immigrant Communities: Risky Opportunities, Opportune Risks
    22. Peggy McIntosh, White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack
    23. Audre Lorde, Age, Race, Class, and Sex: Women Redefining Difference
    24. Jen'Nan Ghazal Read and John P. Bartkowski, To Veil or Not to Veil?: A Case Study of Identity Negotiation Among Muslim Women in Austin, Texas
    * 25. Hernan Ramirez and Edward Flores, Latino Masculinities in the Post-9/11 Era
    Motherhood, Fatherhood
    26. Patricia Hill Collins, The Meaning of Motherhood in Black Culture and Black Mother-Daughter Relationships
    27. Lisa J. Udel, Revision and Resistance: The Politics of Native Women's Motherwork
    28. Pierrette Hondagneu-Sotelo and Ernestine Avila, "I'm Here, but I'm There": The Meanings of Latina Transnational Motherhood
    * 29. Thomas Johansson and Roger Klinth, Caring Fathers: The Ideology of Gender Equality and Masculine Positions
    Work and Families
    * 30. Pamela Stone, Getting to Equal: Progress, Pitfalls, and Policy Solutions on the Road to Gender Parity in the Workplace
    * 31. Michael A. Messner and Suzel Bozada-Deas, Separating the Men from the Moms: The Making of Adult Gender Segregation in Youth Sports
    32. Elizabeth Higginbotham and Lynn Weber, Moving Up with Kin and Community: Upward Social Mobility for Black and White Women
    33. Kathryn Edin, What Do Low-Income Single Mothers Say about Marriage?
    * 34. Adia Harvey Wingfield, Racializing the Glass Escalator: Reconsidering Men's Experiences with Women's Work
    * 35. Kristen Schilt, Just One of the Guys?: How Transmen Make Gender Visible at Work
    36. Patti A. Giuffre and Christine L. Williams, Boundary Lines: Labelling Sexual Harassment in Restaurants
    * 37. Sheila Jeffreys, Keeping Women Down and Out: The Strip Club Boom and the Reinforcement of Male Dominance
    38. Ann Arnett Ferguson, Naughty by Nature
    * 39. Carla O'Connor, R. L'Heureux Lewis, and Jennifer Mueller, The Culture of Black Femininity and School Success
    * 40. Julie Bettie, Girls, Race, and Identity: Border Work Between Classes
    * 41. C. J. Pascoe, "Dude, You're a Fag": Adolescent Masculinity and the Fag Discourse
    42. Susan Jane Gilman, Klaus Barbie, and Other Dolls I'd Like to See
    * 43. Emily Rutherford, Choose One
    * 44. Rebecca Brasfield, Rereading Sex and the City: Exposing the Hegemonic Feminist Narrative
    45. King-To Yeung and Mindy Stombler, Gay and Greek: The Identity Paradox of Gay Fraternities
    * 46. Thomas Rogers, We're All Intersex
    * 47. The Rio Declaration of Gender Independence
    * 48. Jodie Michelle Lawston, We're All Sisters: Bridging and Legitimacy in the Women's Antiprison Movement
    * 49. Kathryn Kish Sklar, A Woman's History Report Card on Hillary Rodham Clinton's Presidential Primary Campaign, 2008
    50. Kevin Powell, Confessions of a Recovering Misogynist

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