Week 11, Class Notes, Gender

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Class Notes, Week 11, Gender Sex refers to socially agreed upon biological criteria (e.g. chromosomes) for maleness and femaleness, sex category refers to collectively privileged markers that proclaim one’s membership in a category, and finally, gender refers to how individuals normatively act in ways that claim membership to one or another sex category. In more detail, gender entails a socially produced understanding of differences between people who are ascribed to the sex categories treated as social reality by the society in which they live. Gender is performatively achieved through interaction and discourse. It serves as both an external and internalized influence on beliefs, attitudes, and behavior. Discursively produced understandings of gender would necessarily both be informed by extant conventions and structures and inform the development and interpretation of “gendered” structures. Masculinities and Femininities
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This note was uploaded on 03/24/2011 for the course SOCIOLOGY 101 taught by Professor Clarke during the Fall '08 term at Rutgers.

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