Canadian-only ProductExploring Gender in Canada: A Multi-Dimensional Approach

By Beverly Matthews, Lori Beaman

Published by Pearson Education Canada

Published Date: Dec 15, 2006

Description

This text is designed for Introduction to Gender Studies courses, Introduction to Women's Studies courses, and community colleges and universities offering an Introduction to Sociology of Gender course.

 

Matthews/ Beaman's Exploring Gender in Canada: A Multi-Dimensional Approach, 1st edition is an intriguing, accessible text containing informative and provocative subject matter designed to engage students without overwhelming them.  Guest essays from prominent Canadian scholars working in the area, and brief chapters highlighting areas of interest, leave room for individual professors to develop their own focal points.

 

In addition to the basic introduction to the subject area, this text contains four sections that link to the four major levels on which gender operates in our society: individual, interactional, institutional, and sociocultural. While the focus of this book is primarily on gender in Canadian society, the authors have drawn in examples and discussion from a global perspective where appropriate.  The four levels are introduced and then short subsequent chapters expand on the key issues.

 

 

Table of Contents

Detailed Table of Contents

 

1. Exploring Gender: A Multi-Dimensional Approach

  • Sex or Gender?
  • The Gender Perspective: Multiple Dimensions
  • Gender on the Socio-Cultural Dimension
  • Gender on the Individual Dimension
  • Gender on the Interactional Dimension
  • Gender on the Institutional Dimension
  • Chapter summary: key points
  • Key Terms
  • Discussion Questions

 SECTION ONE: Gender on the Socio-cultural Level

 

2. Lenses of Gender

  • Biological Sex Differences
  • Measurement Issues
  • Overlapping Normal Curves and Gender Polarization
  • Gender Inequality
  • Feminist Gender Lenses
  • The Backlash Lens
  • Conclusion
  • Chapter summary: Key points
  • Key Words
  • Discussion Topics

3. Shaping the Socio-Cultural Landscape: Stereotypes and Normative Expectations

  • Stereotypes, Roles , and Expectations
  • Status Expectations Theory
  • Gender-Based Normative Expectations: Masculinities
  • Guest Essay: Anthony Synnott
  • Gender-Based Normative Expectations: Femininities
  • Conclusion
  • Chapter summary: Key points
  • Key Words
  • Discussion Topics

4. Shaping the Socio-Cultural Landscape: Language and Media

  • Language 

                i.      Invisibility

                ii.      Belittling, Deprecating Language

  • Guest Essay: Melanie Muise
  • Media

                i.      Cultivation Theory

                ii.      Encoding and Decoding Mediated Messages

                iii.      Content Analysis

  • Case Study: Computer  Games
  • Chapter Summary: Key Points
  • Key Words
  • Discussion Questions

SECTION TWO: Gender on the Individual Dimension

 

5. Being Gendered: Childhood and Adolescence

  • Socialization
  • Theories

               i.      Social learning theory

               ii.      Cognitive Development

               iii.      Gender Schema Theory

               iv.      Identity Construction

  • Learning Gender: Family
  • Learning Gender: School
  • Learning Gender: Peers
  • Case Study: Adolescent Girls, Peers, and Appearance
  • Chapter Summary: Key Points
  • Key Words
  • Discussion Questions

6. Gender in Adulthood and Late Life

  • Adulthood
  • Late Life

              i.      Defining Old

              ii.      Being Old in Canada: Demographic Patterns in the Early 21st Century

              iii.      Social Aging: Transition to Retirement

              iv.      Social Aging: Adapting to Widowhood

  • Guest Essay: Deborah K. van den Hoonaard
  • Chapter Summary: 10 Key Points
  • Key Words
  • Discussion Questions

 7. Intersections

  • Matrix of Intersectionality
  • Other and identity
  • Guest Essay: Tanya Titchkosky
  • Understanding Intersections: Medicine as Case Study

              i.      Study 1: ADHD

              ii.      Study 2: Eugenics

  • Chapter Summary: 10 Key Points
  • Key Words
  • Discussion Questions

SECTION THREE: Doing Gender: Interaction

 

8. Doing Gender

  • Dramaturgical analysis
  • Status expectations theory
  • Two worlds approach
  • Doing Gender: Friendships
  • Chapter Summary: Key Points
  • Key Words
  • Discussion Questions

 9. Sexualities

  • A Brief Historical Snapshot
  • How Do we Become Sexual?
  • Acting Outside the Scripts
  • Guest Essay: Gayle MacDonald
  • Chapter Summary: 10 Key Points
  • Key Words
  • Discussion Questions

 10. Negotiating Power

  • Holding Power
  • Power Relations
  • Guest Essay: Joanne Fiske
  • Women and Men in Conversation
  • Violence Against Women
  • Cultural Icons and the negotiation of Power
  • Conclusions
  • Chapter Summary: Key Points
  • Key Words
  • Discussion Questions

SECTION FOUR: Institutions

 

11. Families

  • Demographic Patterns
  • Rise and Fall of the Two Sphered Family
  • Gendered Division of Labour in Families
  • Intensive Mothering
  • Guest Essay: Rod Beaujot
  • Conclusion
  • Chapter Summary: Key Points
  • Key Words
  • Discussion Questions

 12. Paid Work

  • Gender Patterns of Work and Wages
  • Explaining the Patterns

                i.      Biological Differences

                ii.      Dual labour market

                iii.      Human capital

                iv.      Occupational Segregation

  • Redressing Inequities: Possible Solutions
  • Guest Essay: Muriel Mellow
  • Conclusion
  • Chapter Summary: Key Points
  • Key Words
  • Discussion Questions

13. Law

  • The Person’s Case: Gender and Law in Historical Context
  • Responses to Law: Possibility for Change
  • Violence Against Women: A simple solution
  • A Case Study: Reference re Same Sex Marriage
  • Charter of Rights and Gender
  • Guest Essay: Rebecca Johnson
  • Women in Law Related Profession
  • Chapter Summary: Key Points
  • Key Words
  • Discussion Questions

 14. Religion

  • Religious Institutions and Gender
  • Women, Men, and Religious Practice
  • The Emergence of Wicca
  • Gender and New Religious Movements
  • The Hijab as a symbol of gender scripts
  • The Debate about Polygamy
  • Violence Against Women: Religion in Action
  • Guest Essay: Nancy Nason Clark
  • Conclusions
  • Chapter Summary: Key Points
  • Key Words
  • Discussion Questions

 SECTION FIVE: Conclusion

 

15. Connecting the Levels: Crime as Case Study

  • Individual Dimesion: Good Girls and Boys will be Boys
  • Socio-cultural Dimension
  • Interactional Dimension
  • Institutional Dimension
  • Conclusions
  • Chapter Summary: Key Points
  • Key Words
  • Discussion Questions

Glossary

Bibliography

Index

Additional Course Materials

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