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Preface to Second Edition vii Introduction: The Concept of Gender 1 IN AND OUT OF THE FRAME: A PERSONAL HISTORY OF GENDER 9 1. What's in a Name? Meanings and Usages of Gender 15 GENDERING AND CLASS: GROWING UP GIRL, GROWING UP BOY 29 2. Gender and Modernity 37 'WHAT'S IT ALL ABOUT?' BEING A MAN IN THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY 54 3. Gender and Postmodernity 64 'SISTERS UNDER THEIR SKINS'? IDENTITIES IN A GLOBAL AGE 87 4. Gendered Worlds: Production 98 HAVING IT ALL: FAMILY AND EMPLOYMENT IN WOMEN'S LIVES 118 5. Gendered Worlds: Reproduction 129 MEN, MARRIAGE AND EMOTIONS: ARRANGEMENTS BETWEEN THE SEXES 150 6. Gendered Worlds: Consumption 159 IT DOESN'T HAVE TO BE THIS WAY: GENDERED UTOPIAS 183 Conclusion: What the Future Holds ? Gender, Theory and Politics 195 Questions for Discussion 221 Glossary 223 References 227 Index 242

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Harriet Bradley is emeritus professor of sociology at the University of Bristol.


This new edition of Gender provides a highlyaccessible overview of the changing understanding of this powerfulsocial construct. Using a narrative story-telling approach, HarrietBradley shifts seamlessly between analyses of how gender shapeseveryday life and discussions of how it is deployed in variousinstitutions. By weaving together her own experience of genderedprocesses with the structural practices of consumption, production,and reproduction in local and international contexts, Bradley givesnew meaning to the personal ispolitical . Nancy Naples, University of Connecticut Harriet Bradley has succeeded in producing a unique andextremely engaging introduction to the complex concept of gender which will invigorate scholars at all levels.Dispelling any notion that either feminist theory or genderanalysis are passe, she deftly interweaves theoreticalexegesis, analysis of contemporary social and political issues, andvignettes which illustrate gender as a livedexperience. Barbara L. Marshall, Trent University, Canada The first edition of Gender has become anindispensable guide to sociological debates in the field. Thisrevised edition is even better. Harriet Bradley turns her clearanalytical gaze on the changing nature of gender relations in anera of austerity, seeing both optimistic and pessimistic trends inthe emergence of a new politics of gender. Linda McDowell, University of Oxford

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