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Book cover imageThe gender and sexuality reader is based on articles published in a selection of top-ranked social science journals. We have developed a reader with three major objectives: 1. Provide foundational and cutting edge material on gender and sexuality 2. Provide such material in a fashion that is accessible, flexible, and current, 3. Provide a resource that not only offers foundational and contemporary scholarship but also offers cutting-edge pedagogical tools and strategies. This reader includes both classic and newer works, and serves as an excellent core text for courses including the Sociology of Gender, Sociology of Sexuality, Race/Gender/Class, and Queer Identities.

We draw from one of the greatest resources for social science scholarship by selecting articles published by SAGE Journals, editing these pieces down to make them even more “undergraduate friendly.” The Sage journals we sample include but are not limited to Gender & Society, Sexualities, Men and Masculinities, American Sociological Review, Bodies and Society, Feminist Theory, Social Psychology Quarterly, Violence Against Women, Sociology of Race and Ethnicity, and Sociology of Education. We build on existing materials, including the very successful Gender & Society in the Classroom initiative, to identify journal articles that are frequently and effectively used in college classrooms. We organize the reader into several major sections, with short introductions to each section, written by the co-editors.

The reader takes the form of both an e-book as well as a print version. The e-book option is useful for instructors; students can buy or rent the e-book directly from Sage, and with additional web-only materials, including links to updated statistics, blogposts, podcasts, videos, and news media available to both markets. These materials are tremendously helpful to instructors, who must always update their courses, while also embracing the multi-media approach to learning necessary in the 21st century. We also see the e-book as effective by there being sections of the e-book available; these sections can be adopted by instructors as supplementary texts, for example for a course in “Sociology of Work,” “Families,” or a range of other courses. The innovative form and content of the reader has the benefits of being less expensive for students and more flexible and up-to-date for instructors, while delivering high quality content and providing additional assignment opportunities.