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.

Gendered Institutions
Gendered Institutions

Gender lives not only in individuals but also in institutions. Schools, legal systems, families, states, among other institutions, perpetuate gender difference and inequalities.

Ann Mullen examines the gendering of the institution of higher education and the labor market (“The Not-So-Pink Ivory Tower”).While the numbers of women graduating college is surpassing that of men, women are disproportionately concentrated at less competitive schools and in non-STEM majors. They have had less success closing the gender gaps in the labor market than the gender gaps in higher education. In “What Gender Is Science,” Maria Charles examines discrimination against women within STEM and the factors that prevent or discourage women and girls from pursuing STEM careers.

Orit Ashivai looks at women’s role in religion, a primary site for ...

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