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.
We commonly believe that gender resides in the body—in one’s genes and genitals. The way one moves is also frequently coded as feminine or masculine—hence the phrase “throwing like a girl.” But gender is so pervasive that it permeates most—if not all—aspects of social life,
Our knowledge and experience of gender are deeply rooted in social contexts. In “Boys vs. Girls,” Debra Rigney examines the ways children learn rules about what is masculine and what is feminine, locating gender in physical objects such as clothing and toys and in physical behaviors such as fighting and crying. Gender also shapes personal relationships and interactions. In “The Hearts of Boys,” authors Niobe Way, C.J. Pascoe, Mark McCormack, Amy Schalet, and Freeden Oeur examine boys’ intimate ...