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The Sociology of Gender

A Brief Introduction

Fourth Edition

Laura Kramer and Ann Beutel

Publication Date - 20 January 2014

ISBN: 9780199349432

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

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The briefest and most flexible gender text on the market


An ideal "essentials" text for introductory courses, The Sociology of Gender, Fourth Edition, provides a concise--yet also in-depth--overview of basic sociological concepts and perspectives on gender. Focusing primarily on the contemporary U.S., Laura Kramer and new coauthor Ann Beutel integrate history, theory, and research in order to examine the current gender system and the ways in which macro-, middle-, and micro-level societal forces have changed that system over time. In addition, this book's explicitly sociological approach provides an alternative to--and critiques of--prevailing biological and psychological approaches to gender and sexual orientation.

New to this Edition

* Revised and updated with the most current research
* Includes more material on gender outside of the United States
* Offers expanded coverage of contemporary issues related to mass media, adolescence, sexuality, and the body
* Provides more photos to add visual appeal

About the Author(s)

Laura Kramer is Professor Emerita of Sociology at Montclair State University. She consults on policies and practices for achieving equity among faculty in institutions of higher education.

Ann Beutel is Associate Professor of Sociology at The University of Oklahoma.

Previous Publication Date(s)

January 2010
August 2004
November 1990


"The writing style of The Sociology of Gender is accessible to college students, and it is very comprehensive, especially for a text intended to be a brief introduction."--Kristyan Kouri, California State University, Northridge

"The authors do an excellent job of explaining the sociological approach, including how it differs from both commonsense assumptions and other disciplinary approaches."--Sarah Winslow, Clemson University

"One of the main strengths of this text is its comprehensive yet brief coverage of a very complex subject. It does an excellent job of including both women and men in the discussion, and the incorporation of race, ethnicity, social class, and sexual orientation in each chapter is a significant strength."--Lyn Huxford, McKendree College

Table of Contents


    1. Introduction
    2. Culture and Ideology
    3. Learning and Doing Gender
    4. The Family and Intimate Relationships
    5. Education
    6. The Economy and Work
    7. The Political and Legal System
    8. The Changing Gender System

    Author Index
    Subject Index

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