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512 pp.
22 photos; 12 figures; 2 tables, 7" x 9"


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Imprint: OUP Canada

The Gendered Society

Second Canadian Edition

Michael S. Kimmel and Jacqueline Holler

Now in its second Canadian edition, The Gendered Society is an authoritative study of contemporary gender relations that challenges a common tendency to treat gender as an issue for women alone. Organized into three parts, the text explores concepts of gender through a variety of disciplines while discussing how gender permeates our everyday lives as a socially constructed phenomenon.

Readership : The Gendered Society, second Canadian edition, is a core text suitable for second- and third-year level gender studies courses. These courses are offered out of sociology, women's studies, and gender studies departments at universities and out of general arts and sciences departments at colleges.


  • "The text is written in an accessible and respectful manner that in general does not lay blame or accuse, but rather links together the underlying structures keeping the dichotomous and oppositional gender myth alive."
    --Barbara Heather, MacEwan University (retired)

  • "Not only is the text well researched, it also provides excellent critique of the research including alternative readings, methodological problems, etc. . . . The text reflects accurately the current state of the discipline."
    --Anthony Roberts, Mount Allison University

Note: Each chapter includes:
- Summary
- Questions for critical thinking
- Key terms
1. Introduction: Human Beings: An Engendered Species
Making Gender Visible for Both Women and Men
The Current Debate
Gender and Power: Hegemonic Masculinity and Emphasized Femininity
Gender Differences as "Deceptive Distinctions"
The Meaning of Mean Differences
Difference and Domination: Individuals in a Gendered Society
Part One: Explanations of Gender
2. Ordained by Nature: Biology Constructs the Sexes
Biological Differences, Then and Now
The Evolutionary Imperative: From Social Darwinism to Sociobiology and Evolutionary Psychology
Testing the Gendered Brain: Sex Differences in Spatial and Verbal Skills
"His" Brain and "Her" Brain
Estrogen and Testosterone: Hormonal Bases for Gender Differences
Gay Brains, Gay Genes, or Gay Hormones?
Hormonal and Chromosomal Abnormalities: Research on the Intersexed
The Politics of Biological Essentialism
3. "So, That Explains It": Psychoanalytic and Developmental Perspectives on Gender
Freud's Theory of Psychosocial Development
Sex Role Theories
Cognitive Development Theory
Feminist and Other Challenges to Psychoanalysis and Developmental Psychology
Developmental Differences
4. Spanning the World: Culture Constructs Gender Difference
The Variations in Gender Definitions
The Centrality of the Gender Division of Labour
Theories of Gender Differentiation and Male Domination
Other Determinants of Gender Inequality
Rituals of Gender
How Many Genders Are There?
Sexual Diversity
Anthropology as History
The Values of Cross-Cultural Research
5. The Social Construction of Gender Relations: Sociological and Feminist Perspectives
A Social Constructionist Perspective
What's Wrong with Sex "Roles"?
A Note About Power
Gender through the Life Course
Gender as an Institution
"Doing Gender:" The Interactionist Approach
Constructing Gender: Feminist Views and Movements
Masculinity, Men's Studies, and the Men's Movement: Extending the Critique of Gender
Toward an Explanation of the Social Construction of Gender Relations
Part Two: Gendered Identities, Gendered Institutions
6. The Gendered Family: Gender at the Heart of the Home
A Brief History of the Canadian (and North American) Family
State of the North American Family
The (Gendered?) Benefits of Marriage
Gendered Parents, Gendering Children
The Gendered Politics of Housework and Child Care
Family Organization and the Well-Being of Children in the Twenty-First Century
The Family of the Future
7. The Gendered Classroom: Formal Education and the Hidden Curriculum
Traditional Education: Learning to be a Man
The Gendered Classroom
Gender Divergence in Adolescence: Girls
What about the Boys?
Sexual Harassment
"That's so Gay" to "No Homo": Gender Harassment and Homophobia in Schools
Where Are the Men? The Post-Secondary "Crisis"
The School as Gendered Workplace
The Gender of Education Today
8. Separate and Unequal: The Gendered World of Work
The Changing Gender Composition of the Labour Force
The Persistence of Gender Ideologies
The Persistence of Gender Discrimination in the Workplace
Sex Segregation
Precarious Employment
Income Discrimination - The Wage Gap
Challenges to Workplace Integration
Remedies for Workplace Inequality
9. The Gendered Media: Difference and Domination, Glamourized and Contested
The Media as Socializing Institution
His and Hers: Television and Film
Gender in Advertising
His and Hers Print Media
Gender, Race, Rap, and Rock
Gender and New Media
Pornography, New Media, and "Pornification"
Part Three: Gendered Interactions
10. Gendered Intimacies: Communication, Friendship, Love
The Historical "Gendering" of Intimate Life
Gendered Communications
Gender Differences in Friendship: Real and Imagined
Gendered (Romantic) Love
11. The Gendered Body: Prescriptions and Inscriptions
Gender and Dis/ability
Gender and Sport
Gender and the Beauty Myth
Fat, Muscle, and the "Obesity Epidemic:" Gender and Body Image in Modern North America
Under the Skin: Permanent Bodily Transformations
Transgender and the Transformation of Bodies
Gender and Health
12. Gendered Desires: Sexuality (NEW)
A (Brief) History of Sexuality
Gender, Desire, and Sexual Expression: The Gender Gap
Compulsory Heterosexuality and Minority Sexualities
Homosexuality, Bisexuality, and the Persistence of Gender
Compulsory Heterosexuality across the Lifespan: Sexual Socialization and Gender
Pornography as Gender Socialization
Closing the Sexual Gender Gap
13. The Gender of Violence: Domination's Endgame
Masculinity and Violence
Female Criminality and Violence
School Violence, "Active Shooters," and "Mean Girls"
Gendered Violence: An Institutional Problem
Family Violence
Sexual Assault
Gendered Hate Crimes
Epilogue: The Future of Gender in a Globalizing World

Test Bank:
For each chapter:
- 25-30 multiple choice questions
- 15-20 true-or-false questions
- 10-15 short answer questions
- Answer or sample answers for each question
E-Book (ISBN 9780199008230)

Michael S. Kimmel is a distinguished professor in the Department of Sociology at Stony Brook University.

Jacqueline Holler is an associate professor in the Department of History and the Department of Gender and Women's Studies at the University of Northern British Columbia. Dr. Holler has held a SSHRC postdoctoral fellowship and she is a winner of the American Historical Association Gutenberg-e Prize. Her research areas include women and gender in Latin American history; medicine, morbidity, melancholia, pre-modern political culture, ethnicity and gender; and women and Catholicism.

The Gendered Society Reader - Michael S. Kimmel, Amy Aronson and Amy Kaler
Gender Relations in Canada - Janet Siltanen and Andrea Doucet
Deconstructing Men & Masculinities - Michael Atkinson
Canadian Perspectives in Sexualities Studies - Edited by Diane Naugler
Sociology of the Body - Claudia Malacrida and Jacqueline Low
Sex, Gender and Sexuality - Abby L. Ferber, Kimberly Holcomb and Tre Wentling
Gendered Worlds - Judy Root Aulette and Judith Wittner
The Sociology of Gender - Laura Kramer and Ann Beutel
Family Patterns, Gender Relations - Bonnie Fox
Manhood in America - Michael Kimmel

Special Features

  • Draws on recent Canadian research and statistics to explore issues such as family, work, media, tradition, and religion.
  • Interdisciplinary perspectives - integrating sociological theory and evidence with perspectives from other disciplines such as biology, anthropology, and psychology - offer students a well-rounded treatment of the subject.
  • Explores the intersection of current gender theories such as biodeterminist, psychoanalytical, and psychological gender theory, providing students with a solid critical foundation.
New to this Edition
  • New chapter on sexuality (Ch. 12) explores issues such as sexual socialization and gendered sexual differences, showing students how gender factors into sexual attitudes and behaviours.
  • New and expanded material on contemporary topics - including bullying, "bromance," missing and murdered aboriginal women, and body image - exposes students to important issues related to the study of gender today.
  • More balanced coverage of masculine and feminine perspectives, including up-to-date and expanded coverage of feminism as well as masculinity studies and men's issues.
  • Expanded gender and media coverage helps students critically assess media messages and understand media as a deeply gendered institution. Coverage includes a new section on advertising; extended discussions of media, gaming, and pornography; and recent trends in gendered media representation and consumption.
  • Refreshed pedagogy includes more photos and new boxes - along with critical thinking questions, key terms, photos, end-of-chapter summaries, and an end-of-text glossary - to help students engage with the material.