Gender and PowerSociety, the Person and Sexual Politics
Gender and Power
Society, the Person and Sexual Politics

This book is an important introductory textbook on sexual politics and an original contribution to the reformulation of social and political theory. In a discussion of, among other issues, psychoanalysis, Marxism and feminist theories, the structure of gender relations, and working class feminism, Connell has produced a major work of synthesis and scholarship which will be of unique value to students and professionals in sociology, politics, women's studies and to anyone interested in the field of sexual politics.


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  • January 1991
  • 352 pages
  • 155 x 228 mm / 6 x 9 in
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Table of Contents

1. Some Facts in the Case.

Part I: Theorising Gender.

2. Historical Roots of Contemporary Theory.

3. Current Frameworks.

Part II: The Structure of Gender Relations.

4. The Body and Social Practice.

5. Main Structures: Labour, Power and Cathexis.

6. Gender Regimes and the Gender Order.

7. Historical Dynamic.

Part III: Femininity and Masculinity.

8. Sexual Character.

9. The Mystery in Broad Daylight: Gender Formation and Psychoanalysis.

10. Personality as Practice.

Part IV Sexual Politics.

11. Sexual Ideology.

12. Political Practice.

13. Present and Future.

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`For many years now Bob Connell has been the most original male writer venturing into the difficult terrain of gender relations. His writing is lucid, scholarly and inspiring; indispensable for anyone trying to understand and challenge existing power relations between women and men.' Lynne Segal, co-author of 'Beyond Fragments' and 'Is the Future Feminine?'
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