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Gender and Identity

Key Themes and New Directions

Stephen Whitehead, Anissa Talahite and Roy Moodley

With in-depth coverage of major theoretical approaches and a wide array of high-interest case studies, this fresh, up-to-date survey of classical and contemporary perspectives explores the complex connections between gender and identity in the modern world.

Readership : Second- and third-year university and college students studying gender in sociology and women's studies departments.


  • "The ability to relay complex theoretical issues to undergraduate students in a way that is both understandable and comprehensive is a very demanding task - this aspect of the text is very impressive."
    --Marianne Parsons, Saint Mary's University

Part One: Theorizing Gender Identity: Classical and Contemporary Theories
1. Classical Approaches and Their Critiques
2. Post-structuralist and Postmodernist Approaches to Gender Theory
3. Theories of Identity and Difference
Part Two: The Politics of Gender Identity
4. Gender and the Politics of Belonging: Place, Nationhood, Culture, and Globalization
5. Contradictory Discourses: Religion and Spirituality, Sex and Sexuality
6. Gender Movements and Media Representations
Part Three: The Practices of Gender Identity
7. Public and Private Selves and Gender Relations
8. Understanding the Relationship Between the Private and the Public
9. Education and Schooling, Sport and Leisure
10. The Body: Impacts of Violence and Aging
Part Four: New Directions in Gender Identity
11. The Contingent Self in the Postmodern, Globalized Age

Test Bank:
For each chapter:
25-30 multiple-choice questions
10-15 true-or-false questions
8-12 short answer questions
2-4 essay questions
All questions include an answer key/sample answers plus page references
E-Book (ISBN 9780199000760):
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Stephen Whitehead is visiting professor of gender studies at Shih Hsin University in Taipei, Taiwan, and formerly senior lecturer in education in the School of Public Policy and Professional Practice at Keele University in Staffordshire, UK. He has published extensively in the field of gender, including both popular and more academic titles. Stephen's books have been translated into 12 languages, and some of his more mainstream titles have received worldwide media attention and publicity. In addition to book publications, Stephen has published several dozen journal articles and book chapters.

Anissa Talahite is a lecturer in women's and gender studies in the Department of Historical and Cultural Studies at the University of Toronto Scarborough.

Roy Moodley is associate professor at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto and director of the Centre for Diversity in Counselling and Psychotherapy. He has published journal articles and book chapters on multicultural counselling and psychotherapy, masculinities and race, and culture and psychotherapy.

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Special Features

  • Examines gender construction through the lens of identity and the basic social institutions of religion, social movements, family, work, education, and sport.
  • Classical and contemporary theoretical coverage offers students a well-rounded introduction to the sociology of gender.
  • Explores how gender construction intersects with other areas of sociological inquiry, such as social movements, work, the media, sport, violence, and aging.
  • Case studies provide realistic accounts of how individuals experience different aspects of their gender identity in particular social and cultural settings.
  • Considers the future of gender identity in terms of trends, indicators, and new directions in the field of gender studies.