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Women and Men at Work

Women and Men at Work

Second Edition

July 2012 | 232 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
A prestigious and successful book in the Sociology For a New Century series, this Second Edition addresses issues regarding women and men at work from a comparative, historical, global perspective, and in doing so, connects social science to the wider concerns of students seeking to make sense of our dramatically changing world.

This book:

- Examines how gender has shaped the meaning and performance of work. Throughout, the book links theory and evidence-statistics that summarise work outcomes for women and men, research about the effects of workers' sex on their jobs, and accounts of the experiences of real workers.

- Demonstrates the patterns of sex inequality and segregation as well as the gendered nature of contemporary workplace cultures. By putting evidence about the experiences of today's workers in historical perspective, the author's also highlight continuities with the past and illuminate change.

- Provides an extremely useful and critical summary of economic theories of gender differences in workplace rewards.

Work and Gender
What Work Is  
Sex and Gender  
Gendered Work  
Gendered Work in Time and Place
The Sexual Division of Labor in Preindustrial Europe  
The Industrial Revolution  
The Sexual Divison of Paid and Unpaid Work  
The Sexual Division of Labor Around the World  
An Overview of Sex Inequality at Work
Sex Inequality in the Contemporary American Workplace  
Explanations for Sex Inequality in the Workplace  
Sex Segregation in the Workplace
Consequenses of Sex Segregation  
A History of Sex Segregation in the United States  
Trends in Sex Segregation  
Explanations and Remedies for Sex Segregation  
Moving Up and Taking Charge
Women, Men, and Promotions  
Women, Men, and Authority  
Explanations and Remedies for the Promotion Authority Gaps  
Sex Differences in Earnings
The Cost of Being Female  
Explaning the Pay Gap  
Employers' Discriminatory Actions  
Paid Work and Family Work
The Decline of the Stay-at-Home Wife and Mother  
Work-Family Conflict  
The Sexual Division of Labor and Work-Family Conflict  
Responses to Work-Family Conflicts  

a very useful text which examines the role of men and women at work in an accessible way

Miss Charlotte Jones
Warwick Institute of Education, Warwick University
July 23, 2013

I used this textbook for the last two years (2011-spring 2013).

I appreciated the direct writing style and the humorous cartoons that lightened the subject matter for the students.

However, I plan to replace this book with the Volti book for the upcoming fall semester, 2013.

Dr J Dargan
Sociology Dept/History, North Carolina Central University
April 25, 2013

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Irene Padavic

Irene Padavic is an Associate Professor at Florida State University. Before becoming a professor, she worked in a variety of service-sector jobs: candy seller at a movie theater, waitperson, telephone solicitor, door-to-door promoter of real estate, paralegal, and marketing researcher. Her dissertation project provided experience in the industrial sector, where she worked as a coal-handler in a power plant. Her research has been in the areas of gender and work, race differences in campus peer culture, economic restructuring, and changes in childcare arrangements.   More About Author

Barbara F. Reskin

Barbara Reskin is a Professor of Sociology at Harvard University and, when this book went to press, President of the American Sociological Association. As a student, she supported herself in a series of female-dominated clerical jobs in such disparate settings as radio and TV stations, trucking firms, temp agencies, insurance companies, and universities. The fact that most jobs for women were boring, low-paid and deadend encouraged her to get a PhD. Her research examines how workers’ sex, race, and ethnicity affect their work opportunities. She is especially interested in strategies that minimize discrimination, the focus of her most... More About Author

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