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The Puzzle Of Persistence

Cecilia L. Ridgeway

in Framed by Gender

Published in print January 2011 | ISBN: 9780199755776
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199894925 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199755776.003.0001
The Puzzle Of Persistence

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This chapter poses the problem of the persistence of gender inequality in the face of leveling forces in the contemporary United States. It proposes the use of gender as a primary cultural frame for social relations as a general mechanism by which gender inequality is re-created in the face of transformations in the social and economic arrangements upon which that inequality seems, at any given point, to depend. It develops tools for thinking about contemporary changes in gender inequality. These conceptualize gender inequality as rooted in widely shared gender status beliefs whose persistence depends on inequalities between men and women in positions of power and resources. The relation of the proposed argument to questions about biological determinism is briefly considered.

Keywords: gender inequality; status beliefs; power; resources; biological determinism; persistence of inequality; cultural frame

Chapter.  11698 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social Psychology

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