Preface; 1. Introduction: some facts in the case; Part I. Theorizing Gender: 2. Historical roots of contemporary theory; 3. Current frameworks; 4. The body and social practice; Part II. The Structure of Gender Relations: 5. Main structures: labour, power, cathexis; 6. Gender regimes and the gender order; 7. Historical dynamics; Part III. Femininity and Masculinity: 8. Sexual character; 9. The mystery in broad daylight: gender formation and psychoanalysis; 10. Personality as practice; Part IV. Sexual Politics: 11. Sexual ideology; 12. Political practice; 13. Present and future; Bibliography; Index.
Bob Connell is Professor of Sociology at Macquarie University, Australia. His previous publications include Ruling Class, Ruling Culture (1977), Class Structure in Australian History (1980), and Making the Difference (1982).
'For many years now Bob Connell has been the most original male writer venturing into the difficult terrain of gender relations. His writing is lucid, scholarly and inspiring; indispensable for anyone trying to understand and challenge existing power relations between men and women.' Lynne Segal