Engaging ideas, transforming minds
Engaging ideas, transforming minds

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392 pages
6.75 x 9.75 inches
April 2007
Print ISBN: 9781551303284


Faced with an increasingly diverse student population, an expanding field of gender scholarship, and an academic emphasis on multidisciplinarity, social science professors often struggle to address and integrate such a broad array of gender issues in their courses. This book addresses that challenge by increasing students' understandings of gender relations in multiple social fields across time and space.

Gender Relations in Global Perspective is truly multidisciplinary. It is partially drawn from the work of sociologists, but articles written by gender scholars from the disciplines of cultural studies, history, political science, geography, and literary theory are also included. The readings examine historically persistent, cross-culturally relevant, and empirically grounded concerns such as men's position in the family and women's relationship to work, media, and the global economy, as well as the gendered problems of violence, sexuality and reproduction, and racism.

This book presents an engaging range of comparative and cross-cultural gender analyses from various world regions, including the Middle East, South Asia, South East Asia, Europe, the Americas, and Africa. As the articles are dialogically situated in this text, readers will be able to analyse gender similarities and differences around the globe and learn about the diversity of gender experiences across cultures and regions. This range of analyses demonstrates how a global perspective enriches feminist analyses.

Students will quickly learn that to investigate gender dynamics adequately, attention must be paid simultaneously to the processes of racialization, class, colonialism and imperalism, and sexuality that interweave with gender to produce complex forms of oppression.

Table of Contents


Part I: Historical Perspectives
Chapter 1: The Domestic Sphere of Women and the Public World of Men: The Strengths and Limitations of an Anthropological Dichotomy – Louise Lamphere
Chapter 2: "Introduction" to More Than a Labour of Love: Three Generations of Women’s Work in the Home – Meg Luxton
Chapter 3: Dueling Dualisms – Anne Fausto-Sterling
Chapter 4: The Give Away – Leslie Feinberg

Part II: Theory and the Social Construction of Gender
Chapter 5: Feminist Theories – Roberta Hamilton
Chapter 6: Doing Gender – Candace West and Don H. Zimmerman
Chapter 7: Masculinity as Homophobia: Fear, Shame, and Silence in the Construction of Gender Identity – Michael S. Kimmel
Chapter 8: Introduction: Acting in Concert – Judith Butler

Part III: The Gendered Family
Chapter 9: "It’s Almost Like I Have a Job, But I Don’t Get Paid": Fathers at Home Reconfiguring Work, Care, and Masculinity – Andrea Doucet
Chapter 10: Beyond Diversity: Exploring the Ways in Which the Discourse of Race Has Shaped the Institution of the Nuclear Family – Enakshi Dua

Part IV: Gendered Bodies
Chapter 11: A History of Women’s Bodies – Rose Weitz
Chapter 12: Measuring Up to Barbie: Ideals of the Feminine Body in Popular Culture – Jacqueline Urla and Alan C. Swedlund
Chapter 13: Size 6: The Western Women’s Harem – Fatima Mernissi
Chapter 14: Globalization and the Inequality of Women with Disabilities – Fiona Sampson
Chapter 15: Pills and Power Tools – Susan Bordo

Part V: Gendered Violence
Chapter 16: The Myth of Sexual Symmetry in Marital Violence – Russell P. Dobash, R. Emerson Dobash, Margo Wilson, and Martin Daly
Chapter 17: Violence against Refugee Women: Gender Oppression, Canadian Policy, and the International Struggle for Human Rights – Helene Moussa

Part VI: The Gendered Classroom
Chapter 18: The Right Stuff: Fashioning an Identity through Clothing in a Junior School – Jon Swain
Chapter 19: “Spice Girls,” “Nice Girls,” “Girlies,” and “Tomboys”: Gender Discourses, Girls’ Cultures, and Femininities in the Primary Classroom – Diane Reay

Part VII: The Gendered Workplace
Chapter 20: The Care Crisis in the Philippines: Children and Transnational Families in the New Global Economy –

Rhacel Salazar Parreñas

Part VIII: Gender and the Media
Chapter 21: ’Cuz the Black Chick Always Gets It First: Dynamics of Race in Buffy the Vampire Slayer – Candra K. Gill
Chapter 22: Publicity Traps: Television Talk Shows and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Visibility – Joshua Gamson

Part IX: The Gendered State
Chapter 23: The Discursive Constitution of Pakistani Women: The Articulation of Gender, Nation, and Islam – Nancy Cook
Chapter 24: Geography Lessons: On Being an Insider/Outsider to the Canadian Nation – Himani Bannerji

Part X: Gender, Race, and Racism
Chapter 25: Racism, Women’s Health, and Reproductive Freedom – Carolyn Egan and Linda Gardner
Chapter 26: Writing Sex, Writing Difference: Creating the Master Text on the Hottentot Venus – Denean Sharpley-Whiting

Part XI: Gender, Imperialism, and Globalization
Chapter 27: The Female Gaze: Encounters in the Zenana – Indira Ghose
Chapter 28: Marginalization, Islamism, and the Production of the “Other’s” “Other” – Robina Mohammad
Chapter 29: Is Local:Global as Feminine:Masculine? Rethinking the Gender of Globalization – Carla Freeman
Chapter 30: Globalization, Gender, and the Davos Man – Lourdes Benería
Chapter 31: Globalization and Its Mal(e)contents: The Gendered Moral and Political Economy of Terrorism – Michael S. Kimmel


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