50 Key Concepts in Gender Studies by Imelda Whelehan, Jane Pilcher

By Imelda Whelehan, Jane Pilcher

A part of a brand new `Key Concepts' sequence released via SAGE. every one publication bargains 1500 note expositions of fifty subject matters relevant to the given field.

Jane Pilcher and Imelda Whelehan's advent provides an account of gender stories - what it really is and the way it originated. Their choice of subject matters is authoritative and the 50 entries mirror the complicated, multi-faceted nature of the sector in an available dictionary format.

Each of the 50 key concepts:
· starts with a concise definition
· comprises illustrations of the way the concept that has been utilized in the field
· deals examples which permit a severe second look of the idea that
· is cross-referenced with the opposite key techniques
· makes additional studying suggestions.

The point of element provided encourages figuring out of gender stories with no sacrificing intensity aspect and demanding overview necessary to show the complexity of the problems handled. As such, the publication appeals either to undergraduate and postgraduate scholars throughout a variety of social technological know-how disciplines.

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A more theoretically articulated account is that of Felski (1997). domestic division of labour The domestic (or household) division of labour refers to the distribution between family members of those responsibilities and tasks necessary for domestic division of labour Pilcher-KeyConcepts 19/2/04 1:13 pm Page 31 gender studies the ongoing maintenance of a domestic home and of the people who live in it. Sometimes, the concepts of the ‘sexual’ division of labour or the ‘gendered’ division of labour are used in recognition that, historically and currently (especially in many Western industrial societies), there are marked differences between women and men in responsibilities for and the performance of the tasks necessary for daily living in a family household.

Rather, it is a way of thinking within which patriarchy, and other relations of domination, are fundamentally embedded. ‘In short, the political significance of dichotomous thinking is that it maintains inequalities of power’ (Squires 1999: 127). A number of theorists have sought to develop new, non-dichotomous ways of thinking. Although varying in detail, such theories have in common an emphasis on thinking relationally. The relational mode of theorising ‘argues for the intellectual and social benefits of recognising that within each dualism .

In men, wrinkles and grey hair may be valued as a sign 35 double standard key concepts Pilcher-KeyConcepts 36 19/2/04 1:13 pm Page 36 of experience and be described as ‘distinguished’. In contrast, women are more strongly encouraged to conceal signs of ageing on their faces and their bodies, due to the importance of youthful attractiveness to women’s sexual candidacy. Support for this analysis of the double standard of ageing can be found in survey data. Older women may experience ‘sexual redundancy’ in that they are more likely than older men to have no sexual partner.

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