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The Gendered Society

Fifth Edition

Michael Kimmel

Publication Date - December 2012

ISBN: 9780199927463

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

In Stock

Retail Price to Students: $75.95

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


Featuring a timely new chapter on gender and politics, the fifth 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.

Essential reading for both students and scholars, The Gendered Society, Fifth Edition, is an authoritative, incisive, and lively statement about contemporary gender relations from one of the country's foremost thinkers on the subject.

New to this Edition

  • * New chapter (10) on Gender and Politics
  • * New box theme--"Compared to What?"--that introduces global content
  • * More global content throughout

About the Author(s)

Michael Kimmel is Distinguished Professor of Sociology at Stony Brook University, State University of New York. A leading researcher and writer on gender and men and masculinity, he is the author of numerous books and articles including The Gendered Society Reader, Fifth Edition (with Amy Aronson, OUP, 2013), Guyland: The Perilous World Where Boys Become Men (2009), and Manhood in America: A Cultural History, Third Edition (OUP, 2012).

Previous Publication Date(s)

December 2009
September 2007
August 2003


"Kimmel has a solid focus on gender, and one of the better treatments of the social construction of masculinity of any undergraduate text that I have seen. It is accurate, even-handed, and up-to-date, and is an excellent book for a survey course. I will adopt the new edition."--Linda Grant, University of Georgia

Table of Contents

    1. Introduction: Human Beings: An Engendered Species

    Part 1: Explanations of Gender

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

    Part 2: Gendered Identities, Gendered Institutions

    6. The Gendered Family: Biology Constructs the Sexes
    7. The Gendered Classroom
    8. Gender and Religion
    9. Separate and Unequal: The Gendered World of Work
    10. The Gender of Politics and the Politics of Gender

    Part 3: Gendered Interactions

    11. The Gendered Media
    12. Gendered Intimacies: Friendship and Love
    13. The Gendered Body
    14. The Gender of Violence

    Epilogue: "A Degendered Society"?

Teaching Resources

·        An Instructor’s Resource/CD, which includes chapter summaries, short-answer questions, essay questions, class discussions/assignments, learning objectives, multiple-choice questions, and PowerPoint lecture slides

·        Instructor Course Cartridges

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