The persistence of gender inequality / Mary Evans.

by Evans, Mary, 1946- [author.]Looking glass.

Publisher: Cambridge : Polity, 2017.Description: x, 172 pages ; 22 cm.ISBN: 9780745689920.Subject(s): Women's rightsLooking glass | EqualityLooking glass | Sex roleLooking glass | Sex discriminationLooking glassNote: Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Despite centuries of campaigning, women still earn less and have less power than men. Equality remains a goal not yet reached. In this incisive account of why this is the case, Mary Evans argues that optimistic narratives of progress and emancipation have served to obscure long-term structural inequalities between women and men, structural inequalities which are not only about gender but also about general social inequality. In widening the lenses on the persistence of gender inequality, Evans shows how in contemporary debates about social inequality gender is often ignored, implicitly side-lining critical aspects of relations between women and men. This engaging short book attempts to join up some of the dots in the ways that we think about both social and gender inequality, and offers a new perspective on a problem that still demands society's full attention.

Includes bibliographical references and index.

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Acknowledgements (p. vii)
  • Preface (p. viii)
  • 1 What is Gender Inequality? (p. 1)
  • Making Inequality (p. 5)
  • What Has Changed? (p. 10)
  • Changing Conditions (p. 12)
  • 2 Worlds of Inequality (p. 23)
  • Exploiting the Feminine (p. 25)
  • Problems at Work (p. 30)
  • Problems of Agency (p. 35)
  • Locations of Inequality (p. 38)
  • 3 Problems of Subjectivity (p. 47)
  • Imagining the Female Body (p. 48)
  • Other Bodies (p. 53)
  • How the Body Matters (p. 58)
  • Questions of Order (p. 61)
  • 4 Enter Feminism (p. 76)
  • Conditions for Feminism (p. 76)
  • A Secondary Sex (p. 82)
  • Changing Times (p. 87)
  • Unchanging Times (p. 97)
  • 5 Making Gender Equality (p. 120)
  • The Rights of Women (p. 122)
  • The Limits of Liberalism (p. 130)
  • Notes (p. 140)
  • Bibliography (p. 152)
  • Index (p. 166)

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"Against the backdrop of bitter and devastating conflicts in many parts of the world," Evans (London School of Economics) has written a book that purports to examine why no country on Earth has achieved gender equality. While acknowledging that modernity has served partly to weaken the argument that biology is destiny, the author makes it clear that wider social forces not only perpetuate gender inequality but also encourage its reappearance in new forms. In making her arguments, she draws upon a wide array of individuals and paradigms, from Karl Marx's prediction (largely true) that capitalism would engage all adults in paid work to miserabilism, which the author defines as assuming "that 'some' things will always stay the same ... and that radical change only ever has negative consequences." (p. 9) Despite the multiplicity of references, the book is a feminist rant that expresses familiar arguments--such as that Western cultures place inappropriate emphasis on a woman's appearance or that women and men are rarely paid the same salaries for the same work--in ways that are neither insightful nor enlightening. We've heard it all before. Summing Up: Not recommended. --Carol Apt, South Carolina State University

Author notes provided by Syndetics

Mary Evans is Centennial Professor at the London School of Economics and Political Science.