Gender: The Basics is an engaging introduction to the influence of cultural, historical, biological, psychological, and economic forces on ways in which we have come to define and experience femininity and masculinity, and on the impact and importance of gender categories. Highlighting that there is far more to gender than biological sex, it examines theories and research about how and why gender categories and identities are developed and about how interpersonal and societal power relationships are gendered. It takes a global and intersectional perspective to examine the interaction between gender and a wide range of topics including:
- Relationships, intimacy, and concepts of sexuality across the lifespan
- The workplace and labour markets
- Gender related violence and war
- Public health, poverty, and development
- Gender and public leadership
This new edition includes increased coverage of trans visibility and activism, LGBTQ studies and critical masculinity studies, global developments in women’s political leadership, links between gender and economic wellbeing, and cyberbullying.
Supporting theory with examples and case studies from a variety of contexts, suggestions for further reading, and a detailed glossary, this text is an essential read for anyone approaching the study of gender for the first time.
Table of Contents
1. Gender: everybody has/does one
2. Theoretical frameworks for thinking about gender
3. Power, inequalities, and prejudice
4. Relationships, intimacy, and sexualities
5. The gendered workplace
6. Gender, leadership, and public life
7. Global patterns of gender-related violence
8. Global patterns of gender and health
9. The shape of our future: gender and the aging population
Epilogue: the future of gender
Hilary M. Lips is Emerita Professor of Psychology and Research Professor at Radford University, in Radford, Virginia, USA, where she served for many years as Chair of the Psychology Department, and Director of the Center for Gender Studies. She was born in Canada, completed her graduate education at Northwestern University in the USA, and taught at the University of Winnipeg in Canada for 15 years before accepting a position at Radford University. During her career, she has spent time as a visiting scholar in Costa Rica, China, and New Zealand. The author of numerous articles and two current textbooks in the psychology of women and gender, she is a social psychologist, whose research has focused on the intersections of gender, power, and self-perceptions, and on the gender pay gap.
"Wonderfully comprehensive while focusing on the basics. In a time when there is an increased understanding of the complexity of gender, it can be overwhelming to introduce novice students to the topic. However, Lips concisely outlines the key issues with excellent coverage of current and classic theories and research from around the world while using stimulating examples that will keep students engaged as they develop the foundation needed in order to master the complexity of gender."
- Dr. Emily Keener, Slippery Rock University
"From first to last, this is a thoroughly scholarly and feminist review of theory and research in the psychology of women and gender. Dr. Lips has accomplished the difficult feat of providing a succinct overview that is nevertheless impressive in scope. Topics will be engaging to students at the introductory level and will be practical refreshers for more advanced study. Importantly, chapters provide a structure for comparisons among perspectives that will facilitate civil and tolerant class conversations. Ultimately, students will gain intellectual maturity and a more nuanced understanding of gender and feminism."
- Dr. Cheryl Travis, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
"Gender: The Basics offers an excellent and comprehensive introduction to gender and its intersections with other systems of power , privilege, and oppression. Reading the second edition, I was reminded in vivid detail of how gender is embedded in all aspects of biological, psychological, and social life, from the way in which our personal relationships unfold to the power dynamics governing institutional practices. New to the second edition is a chapter on theoretical frameworks regarding gender that will delight students and scholars from multiple disciplines for distilling many complex theories to an accessible level. Hilary Lips is a magnificent writer, relying on a deep knowledge of gender as identity, relationship, and social structure in lifespan and global contexts."
- Katherine R. Allen, Ph.D., Professor of Human Development and Family Science, Virginia Tech
"In Gender: The Basics, Dr. Hilary Lips outlines the major topics needed to understand all things gender while bringing every page to life. She uses her expertise to break down complicated theories and explain empirical studies in an approachable and engaging manner. Plan to finish The Basics with a thorough understanding of just how pervasive, and complicated gender is in today's world."
- Dr. Alynn Gordon, Research Consultant, Atlanta, Georgia