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Gender: The Basics

By Hilary Lips

© 2014 – Routledge

260 pages

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pub: 2013-10-23
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Gender: The Basics is an engaging introduction which examines the impact of cultural, historical, biological, psychological and economic forces on qualities which have come to be defined as masculine or feminine. Highlighting that there is far more to gender than biological sex, it takes a global perspective to examine the interaction between gender and a wide range of topics including:

• Relationships, intimacy and concepts of sexuality

• The workplace and labour markets

• Gender related violence and war

• Public health, poverty and development

• The ageing process

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.


"The text offers an in-depth exploration of the numerous factors at work in the construction of gender identity… the author explores the subject in thorough and highly accessible detail."— Kendall Petersen, Gender Questions

Table of Contents

Introduction 1. Gender: Everyone has/does one 2. Power, Inequalities and Prejudice 3. Relationships, Intimacy and Sexualities 4. The Gendered Workplace 5. Gender, Leadership and Public Life 6. Global Patterns of Gender-Related Violence 7. Global Patterns of Gender and Health 8. The Shape of our Future: Gender and the Ageing Population Epilogue: Predictions for the Future

About the Author

Hilary Lips is Professor of Psychology, Chair of the Psychology Department and Director of the Centre for Gender Studies at Radford University, USA. She has won a number of awards including, the Distinguished Publication Award from the Association for Women in Psychology, the Outstanding Contribution to Feminist Scholarship Award from the Feminism and Family Studies Section of the National Council on Family Relations, the Distinguished American Scholar Award from the New Zealand-United States Educational Foundation, and the Distinguished Member Award from the Canadian Psychological Association Section on Women and Psychology.

About the Series

The Basics

The Basics is a highly successful series of accessible guidebooks which provide an overview of the fundamental principles of a subject area in a jargon-free and undaunting format.

Intended for students approaching a subject for the first time, the books both introduce the essentials of a subject and provide an ideal springboard for further study. With over 50 titles spanning subjects from Artificial Intelligence to Women’s Studies, The Basics are an ideal starting point for students seeking to understand a subject area.

Each text comes with recommendations for further study and gradually introduces the complexities and nuances within a subject.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Gender Studies