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The Gendered Society

Sixth Edition

Michael Kimmel

Publication Date - 01 July 2016

ISBN: 9780190260316

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

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The most balanced and up-to-date gender text on the market


The sixth edition of The Gendered Society explores current thinking about gender, both inside academia and in our everyday lives. Michael Kimmel challenges the claim that gender is limited to women's experiences--his compelling and balanced study of gender includes both masculine and feminine perspectives.

Kimmel makes three bold and persuasive statements about gender. First, he demonstrates that gender differences are often extremely exaggerated; in fact, he argues that men and women have much more in common than we think they do. Kimmel also challenges the pop psychologists who suggest that gender difference is the cause of inequality between the sexes; instead, he reveals that the reverse is true-gender inequality itself is the cause of the differences between men and women. Finally, he illustrates that gender is not merely an element of individual identity, but a socially constructed institutional phenomenon.

New to this Edition

  • A box feature, "Read All About It!," that ties content from the text to its companion reader, The Gendered Society Reader, Sixth Edition
  • More "Oh Really?" and "Compared to What?" boxes
  • A new section on gendered communication
  • More coverage of transgender individuals and issues

About the Author(s)

Michael Kimmel is Distinguished Professor of Sociology at Stony Brook University, The State University of New York. A leading researcher and writer on gender and men and masculinity, he is the author or editor of numerous books and articles including The Gendered Society Reader, Sixth Edition (with Amy Aronson, OUP, 2016), Sexualities: Identities, Behaviors, and Society, Second Edition (with The Stony Brook Sexualities Research Group, OUP, 2014), and Manhood in America: A Cultural History, Third Edition (OUP, 2011).

Previous Publication Date(s)

December 2012
December 2009
September 2007


"The Gendered Society reflects the latest research and teaching philosophies. The book is well written, comprehensive, and makes a very good package with the reader."--Kathryn Keller, Montclair State University

"I have always used The Gendered Society for my Sociology of Gender course and I have no intention of changing texts. Kimmel does an excellent job of presenting the many facets of gender in the U.S."--Kathleen O'Reilly, Three Rivers Community College

"I like Kimmel's approach-rather than 'differences exist, therefore inequality,' Kimmel emphasizes the converse-that 'inequalities exist, therefore difference.' This subtle difference highlights the power aspect in a way that other texts do not do. Kimmel is excellent in his introduction of key concepts and terms. He does a great job, stylistically, of presenting material in a manner that is engaging and approachable."--Gregory Maddox, Southern Illinois University Carbondale

Table of Contents


    Chapter 1: Introduction: Human Beings: An Engendered Species

    PART 1: Explanations of Gender

    Chapter 2: Ordained by Nature: Biology Constructs the Sexes
    Chapter 3: Spanning the World: Culture Constructs Gender Difference
    Chapter 4: "So, That Explains It": Psychoanalytic and Development Perspectives on Gender
    Chapter 5: The Social Construction of Gender Relations

    PART 2: Gendered Identities, Gendered Institutions

    Chapter 6: The Gendered Family
    Chapter 7: The Gendered Classroom
    Chapter 8: Gender and Religion
    Chapter 9: Separate and Unequal: The Gendered World of Work
    Chapter 10: The Gender of Politics and the Politics of Gender
    Chapter 11: The Gendered Media

    PART 3: Gendered Interactions

    Chapter 12: Gendered Intimacies: Friendship and Love
    Chapter 13: The Gendered Body
    Chapter 14: The Gender of Violence

    Epilogue: "A Degendered Society?"

    Sources for Chapter Opening Art

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