This new anthology from SAGE brings together over 90 recent readings on gender, sexuality, and intimate relationships from Contexts, the award-winning magazine published by the American Sociological Association. Each contributor is a contemporary sociologist writing in the clear, concise, and jargon-free style that has made Contexts the “public face” of sociology. Jodi O’Brien and Arlene Stein, former Contexts Editors, have chosen pieces that are timely, thought-provoking, and especially suitable for classroom use; written introductions that frame each of the books three main sections; and provided questions for discussion.

Family Portraits

Family Portraits


What do real families look like? The articles in this section suggest that many families are not the ones we’re accustomed to seeing in popular culture, whether it’s popular television shows Leave It to Beaver or Modern Family. For instance, whose doing most of the work these days?

Despite the fact that in 2008 seven out of every ten mothers were employed, mothers are still faced with what Arlie Hochschild defined as a “second shift” when they come home. Expectations for mothers’ “second shift” in large part include cooking fresh and healthy meals for their families. Sarah Bowen, Sinikka Elliott, and Joslyn Brenton expose this cultural expectation in their article “The Joy of Cooking?”

Food and sharing a meal is not only a central ...

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