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7th Edition

Sociological Perspectives

ISBN 9781138103696
Published December 18, 2020 by Routledge
784 Pages 24 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

A landmark publication in the social sciences, Linda Lindsey’s Gender is the most comprehensive textbook to explore gender sociologically, as a critical and fundamental dimension of a person’s identity, interactions, development, and role and status in society. Ranging in scope from the everyday lived experiences of individuals to the complex patterns and structures of gender that are produced by institutions in our global society, the book reveals how understandings of gender vary across time and place and shift along the intersecting lines of race, ethnicity, culture, sexuality, class and religion.

Arriving at a time of enormous social change, the new, seventh edition extends its rigorous, theoretical approach to reflect on recent events and issues with insights that challenge conventional thought about the gender binary and the stereotypes that result. Recent and emerging topics that are investigated include the #MeToo and LGBTQ-rights movements, political misogyny in the Trump era, norms of masculinity, marriage and family formation, resurgent feminist activism and praxis, the gendered workplace, and profound consequences of neoliberal globalization.

Enriching its sociological approach with interdisciplinary insight from feminist, biological, psychological, historical, and anthropological perspectives, the new edition of Gender provides a balanced and broad approach with readable, dynamic content that furthers student understanding, both of the importance of gender and how it shapes individual trajectories and social processes in the U.S. and across the globe.

Table of Contents

Part 1. Theoretical and Interdisciplinary Perspectives   1. The Sociology of Gender: Theoretical Perspectives And Feminist Frameworks  2. Gender Development: Biology, Sexuality, And Health Section 1 Biology and Sexuality in Gender Development Section 2 Gender and Health  3. Gender Development: The Socialization Process  4. Gendered Language, Communication, and Socialization  5. Western History and The Construction of Gender 6.   Global Perspectives on Gender Section 1 Gendering Global Development Section 2 Glimpses of Our Gendered Globe Part 2. Gender, Marriage, and Families  7. Gendered Love, Marriage, and Emergent Lifestyles  8. Gender and Families  9. Men and Masculinity  Part 3. Gender and Social Institutions  10. Gender, Work, and the Workplace  11. Education and Gender Role Change  12. Religion and Patriarchy  13. Media  14. Power, Politics, and the Law

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Linda L. Lindsey is Senior Lecturer at Washington University in St. Louis and Professor Emeritus of Sociology at Maryville University. Her teaching and research are under a gender and intersectional umbrella, including courses on diversity, inequality, globalization, and health and society. Publishing outlets include co-edited Women of Asia: Globalization, Development, and Gender Equity Sociological Quarterly, Preventing Ethnic Conflict, and Sociology (3/E). She presented at the UN Conference on Women in Beijing. A longtime volunteer, she works with agencies on behalf of women’s advocacy, health, and development. She is a past president of the Midwest Sociological Society and has been elected to Who’s Who in American Women and Who’s Who in America.




Gender: Sociological Perspectives, is a leading-edge exploration of the gendered effects of contemporary crises, global politics, and widespread movements for social change. Author Linda Lindsey's work here is stunningly comprehensive and meticulous as it exposes the threads connecting our less-visible, intimate lives to the large-scale institutional and global forces that surround us all.  No stone is left unturned, making Lindsey's book an ideal read for students and scholars in the social sciences and beyond who want to understand a diverse array of gender issues. The contents of Gender bring together the best of interdisciplinary research, sociological frameworks, and critical feminist thought in order to delve more deeply into ongoing conversations about society and women's place in it. Lindsey includes some of the most current world events in this update, including the #MeToo movement, Trumpian political shifts, and the COVID-19 pandemic. As a scholar who focuses on global and transnational gender inequalities, I am grateful to have found a book that refuses to take a Western perspective for granted and, instead, connects gender issues across multiple social, institutional, and international contexts.

Roslyn Fraser Schoen , Associate Professor of Sociology. Texas A&M University - Central Texas



The seventh edition of Gender: Sociological Perspectives is notable for its comprehensive analysis of historical and contemporary issues and topics. Filled with examples from around the globe and organized with students in mind, Gender offers an expansive overview of recent research and boldly examines current concerns in the field. 

Veronica E. Medina, Associate Professor of Sociology​, Indiana University Southeast School of Social Sciences

Arriving at a time of sweeping social change, Linda Lindsey’s new edition of Gender: Sociological Perspectives adheres to its legacy as the most comprehensive text incorporating groundbreaking intersectional research and explaining gender issues from a variety of sociological perspectives. The sociological backdrop is enriched as Lindsey captures the work of scholars in various disciplines and highlights how gender activism unfolds across the globe. It is refreshing to see balanced global material reflecting gendered reality through divergent cultural lenses in both the developed and developing world. Lindsey skillfully interweaves multiple critiques of explanations for potentially polarizing issues related to gender, such as biological beliefs about gender, veiling customs, sexual harassment in education and the workplace, religious views of gender, patriarchy, and political misogyny. This seventh edition of Gender: Sociological Perspectives effectively harvests a remarkable amount of current challenging material and presents it in accessible ways to engage students in meaningful conversations about gender. I greatly appreciate the thoughtful and rigorous content in this superb volume.

Mehrangiz Najafizadeh, Professor of Sociology, University of Kansas, Co-Editor of Women of Asia: Globalization, Development, and Gender Equity, 2019


Linda Lindsey’s latest edition of Gender: Sociological Perspectives comes to us at an amazingly critical moment in time. Amid the ever-evolving social awakening to deeply embedded gender obstacles, as well as the chaos of a global pandemic, this text provides a balanced, empirical lens through which we can see gender clearly. Lindsey’s comprehensive approach embraces all the essential components needed for a genuine understanding of the intersectionality of gender with race, SES, and all other social categories that define "our place" in society and the world. Gender: Sociological Perspectives, 7th edition, enlightens students and instructors alike, while setting the stage for relevant, robust discussions on where we have been, where we are, and where we are going. I am excited about and grateful for this timely, insightful text.

Debbie Coats, Sociology Faculty, College of Arts and Sciences, Maryville University