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The Gendered Society Reader

Second Canadian Edition

Edited by Michael Kimmel, Amy Aronson and Amy Kaler

Designed to show that differences among men and women are more significant than the differences between them, this collection of classic and contemporary essays provides a detailed, engaging, and altogether current study of gender. Using the biological arguments surrounding gender as a starting point, the collection leads readers through an examination of gender's cultural and social constructions; the interconnections between gender and the body, sexuality and violence; and the impact of gender on relationships, family, media, the classroom, and the workplace. Focusing on Canadian themes and scholars, The Gendered Society Reader, second Canadian edition, is a comprehensive and timely volume for studying gender in this country.

Readership : The Gendered Society Reader is a core reader for second- and third-year university and college students studying gender in both sociology and women's studies departments.


  • ". . . An interesting selection of theoretical and empirical articles that offer frameworks to students for understanding gendered societies and making sense of their own social worlds."

    --Jan Clarke, Algoma University

  • "This text takes diversity as one of its founding principles; consequently, it addresses a number of relevant issues that are often overlooked."

    --Leanne Joanisse, McMaster University

PART I Anatomy and Destiny: Biological Arguments about Gender Difference
1. David M. Buss: Psychological Sex Differences Through Sexual Selection
2. Robert M. Sapolsky: Testosterone Rules
3. Judith Lorber: Believing Is Seeing: Biology as Ideology
4. Anne Fausto-Sterling: The Five Sexes: Why Male and Female Are Not Enough
Questions for Critical Thought
PART II Cultural Constructions of Gender
5. Candace West and Don H. Zimmerman: Doing Gender
6. Tabassum F. Ruby: Listening to the Voices of Hijab
7. Shauna Pomerantz, Dawn H. Currie, and Deirdre M. Kelly: Sk8er Girls: Skateboarders, Girlhood, and Feminism in Motion
8. Patricia Gagné, Richard Tewksbury, and Deanna McGaughey: Coming Out and Crossing Over: Identity Formation and Proclamation in a Transgender Community
9. Nancy Theberge: 'It's Part of the Game': Physicality and the Production of Gender in Women's Hockey
Questions for Critical Thought
PART III The Gendered Body
10. Susan Bordo: The Body and the Reproduction of Femininity
11. Karen McGarry: Mass Media and Gender Identity in High Performance Canadian Figure Skating
12. Pamela Wakewich: Contours of Everyday Life: Women's Reflections on Embodiment and Health Over Time
Questions for Critical Thought
PART IV Gendered Intimacies
13. Lily Tsui and Elena Nicoladis: Losing It: Similarities and Differences in First Intercourse Experiences of Men and Women
14. Melanie Beres: 'It just happens': Negotiating Casual Heterosexual Sex
15. Nick J. Mulé: Same-Sex Marriage and Canadian Relationship Recognition-One Step Forward, Two Steps Back: A Critical Liberationist Perspective NEW ARTICLE
Questions for Critical Thought
PART V The Gendered Family
16. Gillian Ranson: No Longer 'One of the Boys': Negotiations with Motherhood, as Prospect or Reality, among Women in Engineering
17. Janet W. Salaf and Arent Greve: Can Women's Social Networks Migrate?
18. Anne Martin-Matthews: Situating 'Home' at the Nexus of the Public and Private Spheres: Ageing, Gender and Home Support Work in Canada NEW ARTICLE
19. Scott coltrane: Household Labour and the Routine Production of Gender
20. Elaine Leslau Silverman: The Last Best West: Women on the Alberta Frontier, 1880-1930 NEW ARTICLE
Questions for Critical Thought
PART VI The Gendered Classroom
21. Ellen Jordan and Angela Cowan: Warrior Narratives in the Kindergarten Classroom: Renegotiating the Social Contract?
22. Sarah de Leeuw: Intimate Colonialisms: The Material and Experienced Place of British Columbia's Residential Schools NEW ARTICLE
23. Tracey Lindberg: What Do You Call an Indian Woman with a Law Degree: Nine Aboriginal Women at the University of Saskatchewan College of Law Speak Out
24. Brenda Beagan: Micro Inequities and Everyday Inequalities: 'Race', Gender, Sexuality, and Class in Medical School
Questions for Critical Thought
PART VII The Gendered Workplace
25. Joan A. Evans: Cautious Caregivers: Gender Stereotypes and the Sexualization of Men Nurses' Touch
26. Shelley Pacholok: Gendered Strategies of Self: Navigating Hierarchy and Contesting Masculinities NEW ARTICLE
27. Pamela Sugiman: Privilege and Oppression: The Configuration of Race, Gender, and Class in Southern Ontario Auto Plants, 1939 to 1949
28. Bernadette Stiell and Kim England: Domestic Distinctions: Constructing Difference among Paid Domestic Workers in Toronto
Questions for Critical Thought
NEW PART Part VIII The Gendered Media
29. Christie Barron and Dany Lacombe: Moral Panic and the Nasty Girl
30. Elisabeth Gidengil and Joanna Everitt: Unconventional Politicians: Gender and Media Coverage of Canadian Leaders' Debates, 1993, 1997, 2000 NEW ARTICLE
31. Stacy L. Lorenz and Geraint B. Osborne: 'Talk About Strenuous Hockey': Violence, Manhood, and the 1907 Ottawa Silver Seven-Montreal Wanderer Rivalry NEW ARTICLE
32. Alison Jacques: You Can Run but You Can't Hide: the Incorporation of Riot Grrrl into Mainstream Culture NEW ARTICLE
Questions for Critical Thought
NEW PART PART IX Social Movements
33. Candis Steenbergen: Feminism and Young Women: Alive and Well and Still Kicking NEW ARTICLE
34. Leona M. English: A Foucauldian Reading of Learning in Feminist, Nonprofit Organizations NEW ARTICLE
35. Joanne C. Minaker and Laureen Snider: Husband Abuse: Equality with a Vengeance? NEW ARTICLE
36. Miya Narushima: A Gaggle of Raging Grannies: The Empowerment of Older Canadian Women Through Social Activism NEW ARTICLE
Questions for Critical Thought
PART X The Gender of Violence
37. Peggy Sanday: Rape-Prone versus Rape-Free Campus Cultures
38. Russell P. Dobash, R. Emerson Dobash, Margo Wilson, and Martin Daly: The Myth of Sexual Symmetry in Marital Violence
39. Sepali Guruge, Nazilla Khanlou, and Denise Gastaldo: Intimate Male Partner Violence in the Migration Process: Intersections of Gender, Race and Class NEW ARTICLE
40. Viviane K. Namaste: Genderbashing: Sexuality, Gender, and the Regulation of the Public Space
41. Michael Kaufman: The White Ribbon Campaign: Involving Men and Boys in Ending Global Violence Against Women
Questions for Critical Thought

Instructor's Manual by Amy Kaler:
Description of approaches to gender
Concordance of approaches to articles in reader
Student Companion Site by Amy Kaler:
Recommended readings, films, and websites
Questions for Critical Thought for each article

Amy Kaler, Canadian adapter of The Gendered Society Reader, is assistant professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Alberta. Her research interests focus on power, identity, culture, structure, and individual agency, and how gender intersects with these factors. Specifically she is interested in the organization of fertility, sexuality, and human reproduction and what they reveal about how gender, identity, and power are constructed in a particular time and place and what kinds of structures place constraints on women's and men's life choices. She has been published in several journals and in 2004 received the University of Alberta's Faculty of Arts Research Award in acknowledgement of her 'extraordinary accomplishment in research at the assistant professor level'.

The Gendered Society - Michael S. Kimmel and Jacqueline Holler
Making Sense in the Social Sciences - Margot Northey, Lorne Tepperman and Patrizia Albanese
Family Patterns, Gender Relations - Edited by Bonnie J. Fox
Sociology of the Body - Claudia Malacrida and Jacqueline Low
Gender Relations in Canada - Janet Siltanen and Andrea Doucet
Connection, Compromise, and Control - Nancy Mandell, Susannah Wilson and Ann Duffy
The Sociology of Gender - Laura Kramer
Gendered Worlds - Judy Root Aulette and Judith Wittner
Sex, Gender and Sexuality - Abby Ferber, Kimberly Holcomb and Tre Wentling

Special Features

  • Canadian and international scholarship. Offers students a global perspective while highlighting the works of Canadian experts, providing them with an authoritative treatment of gender issues.
  • Examines gender within the Canadian context. Encourages students to see the gendered subjectivities unique to Canada rather than lumping Canadian experiences in with American ones.
  • Interdisciplinary. Incorporates readings from a wide range of disciplines, including biology, anthropology, socio-economics, psychology, and sociology, offering students a wide-ranging treatment of gender.
  • Comprehensive. Offers a balanced treatment by exploring both the biological arguments surrounding gender and the social constructions of gender while also examining how gender issues play out in relationships, families, classrooms, and workplaces.
  • Emphasis on qualitative research. Analysis of lived experiences allow students to more fully understand the complex interactions among gender and race, class, sexuality, bodily status, and government politics.
New to this Edition
  • New themes. Two new parts covering the themes of The Gendered Media (Part 8) and Social Movements (Part 9) showcase the latest scholarship on these current topics.
  • Rigorous revision. New articles in the sections on Gendered Intimacies, The Gendered Family, The Gendered Workplace, and The Gender of Violence refresh the volume with different voices and innovative approaches, while completely revised introductions and critical thinking questions offer new perspectives on each theme.
  • Student companion site. A new companion site for students - including a glossary of key terms and recommended readings, films, and websites - offers further resources for study and encourages them to become active participants in their learning.