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About the SeriesThe SAGE Key Concepts series provides students with accessible and authoritative knowledge of the essential topics in a variety of disciplines. Cross-referenced throughout, the format encourages critical evaluation through understanding. Written by experienced and respected academics, the books are indispensable study aids and guides to comprehension.Key Concepts in Education provides students with over 100 essential themes, topics and expressions that Education students are likely to encounter, both during their courses and beyond in professional practice. Co-authored to draw on experiences of working within academia, local authorities and the classroom, the entries provide:a definition of the concepta description of the historical and practical contextan explanation of how the concept is appliedan evaluation of the concepthelpful references and suggested further readingThis book will be essential reading for students of Education, and an invaluable reference tool for their professional careers. About the AuthorsFred Inglis is Emeritus Professor of Cultural Studies, University of Sheffield. Lesley Aers is a senior member of a local authority school improvement service and an Ofsted inspector. Both authors are former schoolteachers.  


The word is from the Latin generare, to beget, and the noun genus, which is a race or breed. In English, there is the verb ‘to engender’. The term ‘gender’ itself means the sex of a person or animal, but it is a more euphemistic word than ‘sex’. It is used as a grammatical term when learning languages, such as French or Spanish in which all nouns (not just living creatures) are masculine or feminine.

It became, however, an important term in the necessary polemics which accompanied the strong revival of feminism which began in the 1970s. The intellectual feminist judged it important to distinguish between sex, which was a largely biological term, and gender, which represented the sexual differentiation produced by culture.

Gender has always ...

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