KEY FEATURES: • Designed to be used in a range of 100-level and 200-level courses, including introductory sociology, social problems, and courses that focus on race, class, gender, or sexuality. • Introduces students to basic analytic techniques in the social sciences, such as frequency distributions, cross-tabulations, and comparisons of means. • No software purchase required–all exercises are carried out on the open-access Survey Documentation and Analysis (SDA) website. • Screen captures from the SDA website, and careful step-by-step instructions, are provided to help students with no previous data analysis experience. • Early chapters focus on single categories of difference and inequality; later chapters examine how these factors intersect within the domains of family, education, and work. • Multiple choice questions and open-ended exercises at the end of each chapter test mastery of the material and give students opportunities to extend their analyses to other questions.

Analyzing Gender with the GSS

Chapter 3 analyzing gender with the gss

Introduction: Key Concepts in Gender

Learning Objectives

By the end of this chapter, you should be able to:

  • Identify variables related to gender.
  • Produce and interpret a univariate frequency table.
  • Produce a meaningful bivariate table, also called a cross-tab.
  • Interpret these analyses within a social justice framework.

In popular discourse, the term gender is often used to describe a characteristic of individuals (“I’m a woman” or “He’s a man”). In everyday settings, the term gender is also often used interchangeably with the term sex. In the US today, most people in most situations think of sex and gender as being one and the same.

In contrast to the popular understanding of sex and gender, sociologists often draw a distinction between ...

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