The future of gender / edited by Jude Browne

by Browne, Jude, 1970-Looking glass.

Publisher: Cambridge, UK ; Cambridge University Press, 2007.Description: ix, 288 pages ; 24 cm.ISBN: 0521697255; 0521874416; 9780521697255; 9780521874410.Subject(s): EqualityLooking glass | Feminist theoryLooking glass | Gender identityLooking glass | Sex roleLooking glass | Social justiceLooking glassNote: Includes bibliographical references and index
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"Gender" is used to classify humans and to explain their behaviour in predominantly social rather than biological terms. But how useful is the concept of gender in social analysis? To what degree does gender relate to sex? How does gender feature in shifts in familial structures and demography? How should gender be conceived in terms of contemporary inequality and injustice, and what is gender's function in the design and pursuit of political objectives? In this volume a collection of international experts from the fields of political philosophy, political theory, sociology, economics, law, psychoanalysis and evolutionary psychology scrutinize the conceptual effectiveness of gender both as a mode of analysis and as a basis for envisioning the transformation of society. Each contributor considers how gender might be conceived in contemporary terms, offering a variety of (often conflicting) interpretations of the concept's usefulness for the future.

Includes bibliographical references and index

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • List of figures (p. vii)
  • List of tables (p. viii)
  • List of contributors (p. ix)
  • Acknowledgements (p. x)
  • Introduction (p. 1)
  • Part I Reorienting the feminist imagination (p. 15)
  • 1 Mapping the feminist imagination: from redistribution to recognition to representation (p. 17)
  • 2 Perspectives on gender equality: challenging the terms of debate (p. 35)
  • 3 When will society be gender just? (p. 54)
  • Part II Variations on the theme of gender (p. 75)
  • 4 Does biology play any role in sex differences in the mind? (p. 77)
  • 5 Sex and the social construction of gender: can feminism and evolutionary psychology be reconciled? (p. 98)
  • 6 'Trans' trouble: trans-sexuality and the end of gender (p. 116)
  • 7 Gender and social change (p. 136)
  • 8 Procreative mothers (sexual difference) and child-free sisters (gender) (p. 163)
  • Part III Gender and political practice (p. 189)
  • 9 The politics of female diversity in the twenty-first century (p. 191)
  • 10 Gender inequality and the gendered division of labour (p. 228)
  • 11 The principle of equal treatment and gender: theory and practice (p. 250)
  • Index (p. 280)

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Social scientist Browne (Cambridge) brings together 11 interdisciplinary scholars who critically examine the efficacy of the concept of gender for social analysis and as the basis for a progressive politics. The essays successfully complicate the discussion of gender, engaging with contemporary debates in a wide range of fields including political theory and evolutionary psychology. Nancy Fraser's essay, which proposes a transnational politics of representation as a future direction of feminist politics, offers a particularly insightful rereading of feminist history and a solid basis for further debates about how to shape feminism under globalization. However, despite Fraser's claim for a transnational turn, the volume limits itself overall to largely Euro-American contexts, and calls for more in-depth discussion of the intersection of gender with other significant axes of inequality, such as race and class, in postcolonial nation-states as well as in Euro-America. Taken as a whole, this collection is an important contribution to the field of gender and women's studies as well as to social theory, and has scholarly merit for graduate students and gender researchers. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Graduate students/faculty. H. Y. Choo University of Wisconsin--Madison