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Sex and Gender
A Contemporary Reader

  • Available for pre-order on June 29, 2023. Item will ship after July 20, 2023
ISBN 9781032261195
July 20, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
304 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Sex and Gender: A Contemporary Reader explores the relationship between sex, gender and gender identity. This multidisciplinary volume provides perspectives from across the sciences, social sciences and humanities, including biology, neuroscience, medicine, law, sociology and English literature. The 15 chapters all represent original contributions, authored by scholars who are leaders in their respective fields.

This collection offers significant methodological, theoretical and empirical insights into one of the most fraught debates in contemporary politics and academia. It provides a broad-ranging introduction to the issues central to questions about how and why sex matters from a range of disciplinary perspectives, drawing out the social, political and legal implications.

Topics and questions addressed include:

  • what is sex?
  • what is a woman?
  • why do we need data on sex?
  • the aims and achievements of second wave feminism.

Also discussed are sports, sex-based rights, puberty suppression, criminal justice and gender dysphoria.

Sex and Gender: A Contemporary Reader is a timely introduction to contemporary debates on sex and gender. It is an accessible text for both general readers and for students of gender issues across a wide range of disciplines including sociology, education, history, philosophy and gender studies.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction Alice Sullivan and Selina Todd

2. Two Sexes Emma Hilton and Colin Wright

3. Sex and the Brain: I Still Haven’t Found What I Was Looking For Sophie Scott

4. Is Womanhood a Social Fact? Kathleen Stock

5. The History of Sex: Sex Denial and Gender Identity Ideology Jane Clare Jones

6. Sex and Gender in Second-Wave Feminism Selina Todd

7. Why Do We Need Data on Sex? Alice Sullivan, Kath Murray and Lisa Mackenzie

8. Sex and Gender in Law Rosemary Auchmuty and Rosa Freedman

9. Sex, Gender, and Equality in the United States: Confusion, Conflict, and Consequences Callie H. Burt

10. Psychosocial factors and gender dysphoria: emerging theories Lisa Littman

11. The Technology of Puberty Suppression Michael Biggs

12. Schools, Feminism and Gender-Identity Theory Shereen Benjamin

13. The Children Who Wouldn’t Grow Up: Gender in children’s literature over fifty years Susan Matthews

14. Sex, Gender Identity and Sport Cathy Devine

15. Sex, Gender, Identity and Criminology Jo Phoenix.


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Alice Sullivan is Professor of Sociology at University College London, UK. She was director of the 1970 British Cohort Study (BSC70) for ten years from 2010-2020. She has published extensively on social, educational and health inequalities using longitudinal data analysis.

Selina Todd is Professor of Modern History at Oxford University and a Fellow of St Hilda’s College, Oxford, UK. Her books include The People: the rise and fall of the working class 1910-2010 (2014), and Tastes of Honey: the making of Shelagh Delaney and a cultural revolution (2019).