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Handbook of the Sociology of Gender


  • Brings together experts in the sociology of gender to present indepth discussions as well as up-to-date and extensive bibliographies on the array of subspecialities that comprise the field

  • Not focused on just women but on gender

  • Specifically analyses gender from a sociological viewpoint

  • Saltzman Chafetz has been one of the most prominent feminist theorists committed to developing scientific explanations of gender stratification


Part of the Handbooks of Sociology and Social Research book series (HSSR)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Basic Issues

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Janet Saltzman Chafetz
      Pages 3-23
    3. Joey Sprague, Diane Kobrynowicz
      Pages 25-43
    4. Cynthia Fuchs Epstein
      Pages 45-61
  3. Macrostructures and Processes

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 63-63
    2. Joan Huber
      Pages 65-80
    3. Jean L. Pyle
      Pages 81-104
    4. Pierrette Hondagneu-Sotelo, Cynthia Cranford
      Pages 105-126
    5. Sara S. McLanahan, Erin L. Kelly
      Pages 127-145
    6. Cynthia Fabrizio Pelak, Verta Taylor, Nancy Whittier
      Pages 147-175
    7. Joan Acker
      Pages 177-194
    8. Becca Cragin, Wendy Simonds
      Pages 195-212
  4. Microstructures and Processes

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 213-213
    2. Jean Stockard
      Pages 215-227
    3. Helena Znaniecka Lopata
      Pages 229-246
    4. Cecilia L. Ridgeway, Lynn Smith-Lovin
      Pages 247-274
    5. Mary R. Jackman
      Pages 275-317
  5. Institutions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 319-319
    2. Dana Dunn, Sheryl Skaggs
      Pages 321-342

About this book


During the past three decades, feminist scholars in almost all social and behavioral sciences, as well as the humanities, have successfully demonstrated the ubiquity and omnirelevance of gender as a socio-cultural construction in virtually all human collectives, past and present. Gender shapes and is shaped in all arenas of social life, from the most mundane practices of everyday life to those of the most powerful corporate actors.

In this seminal work, the contributors focus on sociological theories and research concerning gender, which are discussed across the full array of social processes, structures and institutions. In each chapter, focus is placed on gender rather than on women alone, and copious cross-national and historical material is utilized in addition to an in-depth focus on contemporary North America.

Sections include:

I: Basic Issues

II: Macrostructures and Processes

III: Microstructures and Processes

IV: Institutions

Each of these viewpoints survey the field in a critical manner, evaluating theoretical models in light of the best available empirical evidence. Distinctively sociological approaches are highlighted by means of explicit comparison to perspectives characterizing related disciplines such as psychology, psychiatry, and anthropology. This volume seeks to record where the field has been, to identify its current location and to plot its course for the future.


Cultural Studies Gender Institution Nation Sex Sport education interaction migration politics poverty religion sociology

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Department of SociologyUniversity of HoustonHoustonUSA

Bibliographic information


From the reviews:

“... I find the volume as a whole to offer a broad range of diverse sources and perspectives that are conveniently brought together in a single compendium. For a handbook that necessarily presumes a certain level of disciplinary knowledge, and hence some degree of jargon, it is relatively accessible and clearly written ... This book is a substantial resource ...” (American Journal of Sociology)