Part of the Crossroads of Knowledge book series (CROKNOW, volume 1)


Natural facts are often put forward to support conventional views on sexuality and sex roles. Biological sex differences are often depicted as essentially separate and static. Science often underpins popular understandings of female-male sexual difference, but current research in biology also opens up a space for variable and non-static views of sex and gender. Our goal is to question taken-for-granted assumptions about gender, sex, and biology and thereby deepen our readers’ understanding of biology, sex, and gender by going beyond these popular conceptions. In this introduction I discuss what sex and gender are, how culture influences science, and what implications this influence has for our society.


Gender Identity Parental Leave Popular Conception Cultural Gender Gender Voice 
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This book has been made possible by the efforts of many people, notably the contributors themselves, a number of reviewers, and Andrew Lee. The Centre for Gender Research, Uppsala University, has also provided support. I wish to thank everyone involved.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Centre for Gender ResearchUppsala UniversityUppsalaSweden

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