Academic journal article Journal of Marriage and Family

Handbook of the Sociology of Gender

Academic journal article Journal of Marriage and Family

Handbook of the Sociology of Gender

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Handbook of the Sociology of Gender. Janet Saltzman Chafetz (Ed.). New York: Kluwer Academic/Plenum. 1999. 630 pp. ISBN 0-30645978-7. $130.00 cloth.

This edited volume of readings covers a wide range of areas in the sociology of gender. The book consists of 27 chapters, which are organized into four parts. The first part of the book is entitled "Basic Issues" and contains three chapters on gender theory, feminist epistemology, and the sociology of gender differences. Part II is entitled "Macrostructures and Processes" and is composed of seven chapters, which address comparative gender stratification, global restructuring, migration, poverty, social movements, organizations, and feminist issues within the field of cultural studies. Part III is entitled "Microstructures and Processes" and contains four chapters, which discuss socialization, social roles, interaction, violence, and harassment. Part IV is entitled "Institutions." This section contains 13 chapters and, as the title suggests, addresses the link between gender and various institutions such as paid and unpaid work, family, education, health, politics, science, the criminal justice system, military, sports, and religion.

As one can see from the various chapter topics, a striking feature of this book is the breadth of topics covered. Even within chapters, a broad range of literature is discussed. For example, chapter 14, entitled "Gender, Violence, and Harassment" and written by Mary R. Jackman, addresses problems of observing and measuring violence; gender and the practice of violence (including a variety of topics such as sexual assault, disease and fatalities deaths and injuries from hazardous consumer products, and statemandated punishments); cultural supports for violence; victim complicity; and an explanation of the relationships between gender and violence. …

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