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Intro to soc of gender

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Intro to soc of gender M162

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brief introduction of the course and concept of gender as a social construct
Sociology of Gender
Abigail Saguy
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sociology, Gender, Studies, saguy




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This 1 page Class Notes was uploaded by Freddie816 on Tuesday September 27, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to M162 at University of California - Los Angeles taught by Abigail Saguy in Fall 2016. Since its upload, it has received 39 views. For similar materials see Sociology of Gender in Sociology at University of California - Los Angeles.


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Date Created: 09/27/16
    9/27/16  What   is social  construction    SC   is a shared   social  understanding   of a material  object/   an  agreed   upon   understanding   of  material    eality   ● Ex:  a  desk.   The   desk  itself is a  physical   reality  (the  desk  is real  and   not  imagined),   but  the    eaning    hat  we  give    o the    esk  (that it is   eant    or writing)  is socially  constructed  ● Ex:  money­money   itself isa  real  object  but  the  meaning   to it (that itholds   value)   is  socially   constructed  ● Evidence   for something   that is socially   constructed→   Variation:   The  meaning  of  something     hanges   across    ime,  space     nd culture    What   is the sociology  of  gender    ­Study   of  the way  humans   construct   the  social  expectations   of males   and  females,   and   how   the  idea  of  opposite  sexes   is reified  through  social   interaction.   Above   all the sociology  of  gender  looks    or the    ontributors      gender   inequality.  ­The   sociology   of gender   is not  necessarily   a  science,   people   could   work   in different  sectors  such   as  the  humanities;   but since   i is in the  field of  sociology,   the  sociology   of gender   is based  on  data   and  empirical   studies.   Other   methodologies   include:  surveys,   interviews,   participant  observation,   archival   research,   news   media   analysis,   experiments   etc.  Simone   de  Beauvoir:   “one   is not born      woman,   one    ecomes     woman.”  ­  ender   inequality:   he    nequal   distribution  of   esources  bw   M/W   that is   ymbolic        ho  is  taken   more  seriously   in   ociety. Ex­     ender   pay  gap:  currently   men   are  stil paid  more   than  women,   according   to gender   inequality,  it is because   men   are  taken   more  seriously   than  women  that    xplains  the  unequal  pay   bw    /W   ­ ntersectionality:    he    iew  that different   forms      impression   work   in i nteraction  with  one  another   (gender→   religion→    ethnicity→   disability→   class→   sexual   orientation   etc)     ­West    nd  Zimmerman:   gender   i    mnirelevant:   i is   lways   important   and   i nteracts with    ther  social  statuses   (intersectionality)   ­Fausto­sterling’s   argument:   the  body   functions   of M/F   are  already   entangled   in our  ideas   about  gender   


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