Exploring Gender In Canada: A Multi-dimensional Approach by Beverly MatthewsExploring Gender In Canada: A Multi-dimensional Approach by Beverly Matthews

Exploring Gender In Canada: A Multi-dimensional Approach

byBeverly Matthews, Lori Beaman

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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.

 

 

Bev Matthews is a Professor in the Behavioral Sciences Department at Mount Royal College.   Lori Beaman is a Professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Concordia University.
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Title:Exploring Gender In Canada: A Multi-dimensional ApproachFormat:PaperbackDimensions:416 pages, 9.25 × 7 × 0.75 inPublished:December 15, 2006Publisher:Pearson EducationLanguage:English

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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. P aid 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

Editorial Reviews

  The research is very current and applications are very effective. Well done. The level is great and the examples are effective. Students will find it engaging.   Pearl Crichton, Sociology and Anthropology Department, Concordia University     I found the writing style clear, concise and appropriate for the university level. This book has a number of good pedagogical tools. I particularly like the inclusion of key terms and discussion questions at the end of each chapter.   Christina Meredith, Institute of University Studies & Advanced Partnerships, Georgian College   I am committed to using Canadian material wherever possible. The text appears to address a broad range of themes related to the study of gender which would be appropriate to a second year course. The division into major sections is a helpful way of getting students to think about the variety of ways in which gender affects our lives.  Guest essays provide an introduction to the names of sociologists working in the field and access to a range of approaches on a topic.   Professor, Sociology Department, University of Lethbridge