Gender and social change

Rachel Thomson

in Unfolding lives

Published by Policy Press

Published in print July 2009 | ISBN: 9781847420510
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447304104 | DOI:
Gender and social change

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This chapter provides an extended discussion of the theoretical lens through which the case histories are realized. It sketches the conceptual landscape for the book by framing the overall project and introducing a theoretical vocabulary. The first section of the chapter considers the argument that gender has been subject to a process of detraditionalisation, outlining the late-modern and feminist accounts as well as arguments emerging from studies of masculinities, social change, and sexualities. The second section discusses and locates young people within these debates on gender and sexual transformation.

Keywords: case histories; gender; detraditionalisation; masculinities; social change; sexualities; transformation

Chapter.  7325 words. 

Subjects: Marriage and the Family

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