Note: – This "page" serves to provide both an extended reading list on gender inequality and the syllabus for a graduate course based on the core of this extended reading list (well over 200 articles are included below).
The readings are almost all articles (with important books represented by the related scholarly articles), and almost all readings are available on the internet.
The course guide will also point toward a range of other recommended and related readings for further study for each topic - students are not expected to read these optional materials as part of the course.
Any student lacking a background in gender studies, particularly sociological, is likely to benefit from reading through a standard textbook in the area--I recommend Michael Kimmel's Gendered Society (which I use in undergraduate classes).
: As mentioned, each section of this guide includes – beside the common readings – three subsections, one for an analytical task, one for recommended readings, and one for related readings.
We need tools, both theoretical and empirical, to qualify and quantify gender inequality if we hope to understand and explain it.
Gender inequality is expressed and reinforced (or challenged) in every interaction between women and men (and in many interactions among those of the same sex).
The advance of our knowledge about gender inequality over the past half century has been remarkable.
Research on every conceivable aspect of gender relationships and gender status has been unending, across many academic fields, pursued from the widest possible range of theoretical frameworks and methodological strategies.While this organization is helpful for negotiating the page most of the time, it can be an obstacle to searching the page (for example, for a particular article) as searches on a web page will ignore any hidden material. it is possible to reveal all the hidden sections at once by clicking the symbol at the top, right corner of this page.(Simply reload the page to collapse all the "hidden" sections to their usual look).Still, we face many as yet unanswered questions and find it difficult to reach consensus about the meaning and implications of much that we have discovered.The accumulation of contentious knowledge has made mastery of this field challenging, with the unfortunate result that many people today rely on arguments and explanations as flawed and simplistic as they were a half century ago.We will also discuss the works in which authors present their ideas, but we will stress learning the worth and weight of ideas by them as analytic tools.