Vivid narratives, fresh insights, and new theories on where gender theory and research stand today
Since scholars began interrogating the meaning of gender and sexuality in society, this field has become essential to the study of sociology. Gender Reckonings aims to map new directions for understanding gender and sexuality within a more pragmatic, dynamic, and socially relevant framework. It shows how gender relations must be understood on a large scale as well as in intimate detail.
The contributors return to the basics, questioning how gender patterns change, how we can realize gender equality, and how the structures of gender impact daily life. Gender Reckonings covers not only foundational concepts of gender relations and gender justice, but also explores postcolonial patterns of gender, intersectionality, gender fluidity, transgender practices, neoliberalism, and queer theory.
Gender Reckonings combines the insights of gender and sexuality scholars from different generations, fields, and world regions. The editors and contributors are leading social scientists from six continents, and the book gives vivid accounts of the changing politics of gender in different communities.
Rich in empirical detail and novel thinking, Gender Reckonings is a lasting resource for students, researchers, activists, policymakers, and everyone concerned with gender justice.
“This collection by eminent scholars with a spectrum of styles and
conceptual frameworks contributes immensely to our sociological understanding
of gender theory and research. In looking back and moving forward, these
authors celebrate, critique, and consider the changes and challenges of the
social analysis of gender. This compelling volume demonstrates the diverse ways
that contexts matter and the importance of engaging in social research for
gender equality and social justice.”
-Margaret Abraham,Co-editor of Contours of Citizenship: Women, Diversity, and Practices of Citizenship
"The publication of
Raewyn Connell's Gender and Power in 1987 proclaimed a new
sociology of gender, from sex roles to situating gender relations in multiple
fields of power. These exciting new essays refer back over three decades
of theory and research, and suggest just how germinal that work was in generating
new avenues of thinking about gender."
-Michael Kimmel,Author of Angry White Men: American Masculinity at the End of an Era
“A refreshingly up-to-date collection of essays that covers a
wide range of theories and debates, Gender Reckonings brings
much needed clarity and breadth to the challenges of undoing or re-imagining
gender away from its hegemonic moorings. These new essays by seasoned
experts in gender and sexuality studies will be of enormous use to scholars and
students alike, and are sure to become catalysts for future feminist analyses.”
-Suzanna Danuta Walters,Author of The Tolerance Trap: How God, Genes, and Good Intentions are Sabotaging Gay Equality