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Sexual Divisions and Society

Process and Change, 1st Edition

Edited by Sheila Allen, Diana Leonard Barker


294 pages

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Originally published in 1976, Sexual Divisions and Society argues that mainstream sociology has neglected to incorporate the notion of sexual divisions as an integral part of its theoretical underpinnings. It suggests that sociology has often included women completely within the term of ‘men’, or as a part of their husbands, rather than asking how and when the relationship between the sexes is pertinent to the explanation of social structure and behaviour. The volume is composed of papers brought together from the 1974 British Sociological Association Conference on Sexual Divisions.

Table of Contents



1. Sexual Divisions and Society, Sheila Allen and Diana Leonard Barker

2. In the Production of their Lives, Men (?)… Sex and Gender in the British Community Studies, Ronald Frankenberg

3. Kin, Clients, and Accomplices: Relationships Among Women in Morocco, Vanessa Maher

4. Continuities and Discontinuities in Marriage and Divorce, Christine Delphy

5. French Judicial Ideology in Work-Class Divorce, Yves Dezalay

6. Women: Supporters or Supported?,

7. Finishing School: Some Implications of Sex-Segregated Education, Jenny Shaw

8. ‘Who Wants Babies?’: The Social Construction of ‘Instincts’, Sally MacIntyre

9. I May Be a Queer, But at Least I am a Man: Male Hegemony and Ascribed Versus Achieved Gender, Mike Brake

10. Women’s Liberation, Reproduction, and the Technological Fix, Hilary Rose and Jalna Hanmer

11. ‘Free-Choice Marriage’ in China: The Evolution of an Ideal, Delia Davin

12. Men, Women and Communes, Philip Abrams and Andrew McCulloch

Name Index

Subject Index

About the Series

Routledge Library Editions: British Sociological Association

The volumes in this set, originally published between 1969 and 2001, is comprised of original books published in conjunction with the British Sociological Association. The set draws together original research by leading academics based on study groups and conference papers, in the areas of youth, race, the sociology of work, gender, social research, urban studies, class, deviance and social control, law, development, and health. Each volume provides a rigorous examination of related key issues. This set will be of particular interest to students and academics in the field of sociology, health and social care, gender studies and criminology respectively.

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Subject Categories

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