3. Ghail, M., Haywood, C. (2007). Gender, culture and society. Palgrave macmillan.
' This text is subtle, new, compelling, important and fun. It will grab the interest of undergraduates and fill a much needed gap in the literature.' - Dana Rosenfeld, Department of Health and Social Care, Royal Holloway University of London
'...provides undergraduates with a one-stop introduction to classic sociological thinking and contemporary debates on men and women and gender relations'. - Alex Hall, Research Associate, University of Sheffield
In today's western societies, fundamental transformations are occurring in men and women's everyday lives, making traditional gender roles far from static.
This innovative new text offers a wide-ranging account of the complex relationship between gender, culture and society. Incorporating feminist frameworks with that of studies of masculinity, the text provides both a contemporary and an authoritative critique to the question of gender. Core topics such as the relationship between gender and power, the question of a crisis in masculinity and the apparent transformation in women's lives are all discussed. With complex theory carefully elucidated through global examples, this is an engaging student resource that highlights the importance of gender to the society in which we live.
With an impressible breadth of coverage, this comprehensive, thought-provoking book brings together all the main theories, concepts and debates in gender relations. Gender, Culture and Society makes a valuable contribution to existing literature and is compelling reading for all students of gender and society.
Mairtin Mac an Chaill is professor of Sociology at the University of Birmingham. He is the author of The Making of Men: Masculinities, Sexualities and Schooling (1994) and Contemporary Racisms and Ethnicities (1999).
Chris Haywood is Programme Director of Media, Communication and Cultural Studies at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne. He has published widely in the area of sexuality, gender and age and is the coauthor of Men and Masculinities (2003).