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Until the early 1960s the word ‘gender’ was probably most commonly used in relation to the study of language, rather than of human affairs: the French language, for example, designates certain words as ‘male’ or ‘femalersquo;. During the 1960s, however, the issue of gender became central to the politics of culture – arguments, in other words, over how we should live – and, since the 1970s, gender has been a central theme in Western sociology. The word ‘gender’ refers to the social roles and identities typically ascribed to one sex or the other in any given human society. The politicisation of the word over the last 50 years or so has represented an attempt by feminists to do away with the biological determinism of ...

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